March 6, 2017
National Dentist’s Day is March 6. Not to toot our own horn at Synergy Dental Center, but what we do is pretty important. Most people don’t realize just how vital dental care is and how much harm can come from neglecting their teeth. We do. We also know the connection between the health of your body and the health of your teeth. We can also make your smile–one of the first things people see–dazzling.
We keep your teeth healthy.
As much as you take them for granted, please know that we need our teeth. Our teeth help us chew our food properly so we can digest it and get nourishment. They keep our jaws strong and steady and keep our gums in place. Dentistry has been practiced since the Middle Ages so the role of teeth in our health and general survival has long been recognized.
As strong as our teeth are, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Teeth that are not regularly cleaned (both by us twice a year and by yourself daily), eventually have problems. Plaque and tartar start to build up, which causes gum disease and tooth decay. If bacteria sets up in your gums, you’re looking at periodontal disease, a chronic condition that can affect not just your teeth but also your gums, the tissues holding your teeth, and even your bones.
We keep your body healthy
Symptoms of chronic health conditions can manifest in the mouth. During an exam, We could see something in your mouth that might be an indication of another problem. In other words, you can’t separate what is going on in the rest of your body from what’s going on in your mouth. For example, a common symptom of diabetes is having less saliva in your mouth. Seeing that could indicate to me that you might be at risk for the condition. And since saliva protects your teeth, and when there’s less of it, there’s a higher risk of cavities. Diabetes can also increase your chance for inflammation of gums and infection inside your mouth.
As another example, we might see evidence of teeth-grinding during your exam. There are several reasons behind teeth grinding (bruxism is the medical term) but one of them is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Sleep apnea is a very serious condition in which the airway is partially or completely blocked during sleep. You can stop breathing for 10 seconds or more (sometimes over a minute. These episodes can cause huge drops in blood oxygenation levels over an extended period of time and can become life-threatening (an increased risk of stroke and heart disease, elevated heart rate and blood pressure). Eighty to 90 percent of OSA goes undiagnosed.
If we suspect you suffer from sleep apnea, we will refer you to a doctor who can order a sleep test to determine it for sure. Once you are diagnosed, you can come back to me and we can fit you with an oral appliance that could substitute for the sometimes-uncomfortable CPAP machine. The dental appliance fits comfortably over your teeth and pushes your lower jaw forward to maintain an open breathing passages.
We keep your teeth looking good.
Last but not least, who doesn’t appreciate a great smile? If you ever thought you had to live with a smile you weren’t really thrilled about, you are wrong. Technology has come a long way and we’re on top of it.
If you have minor alignment issues, we offer Invisalign, custom built and practically invisible aligners that sit on your teeth and gradually move them into place over several months.
If a brighter smile is what you crave, we can make that happen too. We offer ZOOM! whitening, a great way to get a smile that will light up the room. We will custom-fit a tray that will evenly distribute whitening gel when you wear it for a few hours a day. Within weeks, you’ll have brighter and healthier teeth!
We also offer Snap on Smile, a solution of custom-built, removable liners that fit perfectly over your teeth and give you the smile of your dreams instantly.
If you’re looking for something more permanent, we can do state-of-the-art porcelain veneers that are placed on top of your existing teeth to correct imperfections and help you have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.