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One of the many vital roles of the mouth is that it is the front-line of digestive function. Coincidentally, good oral health is essential for our physical well-being. Obtaining oral and overall wellness depends on visiting people who care about your health, and are as committed as you are to proactive maintenance and collaborative problem solving.
The best way to maintain strong oral health is through good eating and home-based oral hygiene habits. Additionally, regular dental exams and cleanings are important to maintain oral health and ensure you are on track at home. This article looks at one of the most common types of exams—the dental recare exam—and why it is the foundation of achieving optimized oral health.
Every recare exam may vary slightly between clients based upon the situation, need, and/or clinician. However, there are some relatively universal steps to a standard exam and cleaning. The following are some of the common procedures typically undertaken during a hygiene recare appointment with a holistic approach:
Let’s look at several specific reasons why maintaining good oral hygiene is important.
In many ways, your mouth is the gateway to your body, and its health serves as a key indicator of your overall health. For example, a study at Harvard discovered that people with gum disease (periodontal disease) are 2 to 3 times more likely to suffer heart-related conditions such as heart disease or heart attacks.
Poor oral health has also been linked to diseases such as endocarditis ((infection of the inner lining of the heart), pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses and pregnancy and birth complications. In addition, declining oral conditions have been linked to other diseases such as diabetes, autoimmune disorders (such as HIV/AIDS), osteoporosis (weakening bones) and Alzheimer’s. Various signs and symptoms of other life threatening conditions can be detected as they are known to show up sooner in the mouth. A comprehensive dental exam every 6 months may increase your chance of preventing more serious problems down the road. (I USED MYOCLINIC.ORG FOR MUCH OF THIS INFORMATION – YOU MAY WANT TO ADD A LINK IN THIS PARAGRAPH AND DELETE THIS CAPITALIZED TEXT)
Tooth decay or gum disease left untreated may exacerbate small, manageable issues, potentially leading to larger more problematic complications like tooth loss, permanent soft tissue damage and infection. Remaining proactive by taking some easy steps to maintain your oral health is the key to preventing degradation of both oral and whole body health.
Our individuality and uniqueness is the spice of life. Our choices, to a large degree, have a direct effect on our health status and medical history. Regular visits to the dentist allow for a team of professionals to develop an understanding of your oral system, its sensitivities, your distinctive dental needs, and your personal life circumstances. Integrated, customized, collaborative and achievable treatment plans are able to be designed to help you achieve your overall wellness goals.
It has been said, “The future depends on what you do today” and that, “…our focus determines our reality”. More often than not, the radiant appearance of an attractive, natural looking smile is the result of daily persistent small actions, dedicated attention and determination to maintaining or improving one’s oral health. What you may not know is that a healthy smile is often an indicator of the state of one’s inner health. At Living Wellness Dental Dorchester, we first seek to listen and understand your values and objectives, and then collaborate with you to generate simple solutions to achieving the smile of your dreams.
According to the Canadian Dental Association, you should have a dental exam and cleaning every 6 months. There are things that you should be doing between visits to maintain your oral health.
Barring any dental emergencies, it is highly recommended that you visit the dentist on a regular basis; once every 6 months is the suggested standard. Between visits, there are some important things you can do to maintain your oral health::
Other than a dental recare exam, which is essentially the maintenance exam you should get twice per year, there are 2 other common types:
Recare exams are an excellent way to proactively manage your oral and whole body wellness. For more information about the value of frequent recare exams and cleanings, or if you are looking for assistance with your oral health and require an appointment, feel free to contact us at Living Wellness Dental Dorchester. Our professional staff are eager to collaborate with you on your journey towards obtaining your oral health and whole-body wellness objectives.
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