3 Ways the Dentist Can Improve Your Overall Health
It’s normal for people to moan about going to the dentist or oral health needs. They only think about the dentist as someone who drills out cavities or lectures them about how to better brush their teeth. Those are all vital parts of our job, but as an Orlando FL dental office that works with patients of all ages, we offer dental treatments that can improve your appearance, function, and health. We’re gentle with everyone, and we care about what’s going on in your mouth.
Overmeyer Family Dental is here to give you a smile that you’ll be proud to shine. We also know that great dental treatments can improve your life. It’s not a stretch to say that a dentist can help you live a healthier, brighter life. We can meet with you to discuss your dental goals when you call us at 407-871-3763.
Today we want to to share three dental procedures — some of which you might think are common — that can improve your health, or even save your life. The three treatments include gum disease treatment, sleep apnea treatment, and dental implants.
Healthy, Stable Tooth Replacement Options
Losing teeth is a major transition in your life. It can be embarrassing and change the way you talk, smile, and eat. This problem is directly related to your overall health because people without teeth often do not get the nutrition of people with teeth. So if you lose your teeth, you’ll need a reliable tooth replacement option that can help you maintain a healthy diet and great overall health.
We believe there is no better tooth replacement option than dental implants. Dental implants are one of the newest advancements in replacement missing teeth. They are made from titanium, a biocompatible material that merges with the jawbone. Because the implant actually merges with your bone, it’s incredibly stable. A dental implant can be restored with a crown, bridge, or even full dentures. Most people with tooth loss replace teeth with dentures. While today’s dentures are lifelike, you simply don’t have function anywhere close to your natural teeth.
- Important note: Dentures only provide about 25 to 50 percent of the biting force of natural teeth, whereas dental implants nearly match the power of your natural teeth.
Healthier Gums Means a Healthier Body
Dentists look at more than the health of the teeth. It’s also imperative that you have great gums. Bad gums don’t look great, but unhealthy gums can also lead to serious infections or tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It claims more teeth than cavities or dental trauma. Gum disease typically starts with bleeding or swollen gums, but the infection can destroy the gum tissue and them erode the bone. Serious gum disease often can cause the tooth to become loose in the socket.
And gum disease affects more than your teeth. Studies have shown that gum disease increases your risk of getting serious medical problems like heart disease and gum disease. Luckily, we can treat gum disease in its early stages with laser dentistry. But if the problem advanced into the later stages, periodontitis, you’ll need constant care for the rest of your life.
We’re using a revolutionary treatment called LANAP that allows us to remove the gum infection with NO SCALPELS OR STITCHES. The laser evaporates the infection, sets the stages for healthy tooth reattachment, and
We recommend that people with gum disease visit the dentists about once every three to four months for cleanings. During those visits, we assess your gums and provide any necessary treatments.
Sleep Apnea Damages Your Body
Sleep apnea is a dangerous problem that can occur at any age. The problem is dangerous for a number of reasons. For one, you actually stop breathing, and people with serious sleep apnea can experience 30 pauses in breathing an hour. Secondly, sleep apnea puts stress on your entire body. People with sleep apnea often have high blood pressure and are at a higher risk for problems like heart disease, diabetes, or even stroke. Also, it’s possible for people to die from complications from sleep apnea.
The biggest symptoms of sleep apnea include: snoring, waking up gasping for air, daytime fatigue, morning headaches, and even moodiness.
Luckily, sleep apnea treatment has advanced over the last few decades. For years, CPAP was more or less the only common treatment. But people often find the CPAP intolerable. It has a sometimes noisy machine, and you’ll need to wear a mask that pushes air into your lungs while you sleep. We’ve found that the compliance rate for sleep apnea is only about 50 percent. That’s not an ideal rate for any treatment, especially one that is treating a dangerous condition.
Our office has introduced a new method of treating sleep apnea. It’s an oral appliance. The sleep appliance resembles a mouthguard, and it moves the lower jaw forward to keep the airways open while you sleep. Our patients find the sleep appliance comfortable, and best of all, it does not bother your sleep partner.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
These are just three areas of dentistry that can improve your overall health. We hope you realize that our dental office is much more than a drill-and-fill office. We can play a major role in getting you happier and healthier. Give us a call today at 407-871-3763 or use the online form to schedule a visit.