Family Dentistry – A Complete Health History Can Help Protect Your Family

 

Did you know that your dental health and your overall health are linked? Just as your family’s health can play a role in your health, so can it play a role in the health of you smile. To better understand your oral needs, your dentist should have an idea of any preexisting conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or gum disease that run in your family. Without this information, your dentist may not have the right information for identifying and treating your dental issues.

The Link from Body to Mouth

Your body and mouth are linked. Sometimes, dental problems are caused by health problems in other parts of your body, or can offer clues to your overall health. Understanding the connection between your oral and overall health can help you protect yourself and your family.

Certain viruses or diseases can weaken your immune system, allowing harmful bacteria in your mouth to wreak havoc. Also, several common medications can reduce saliva flow in your mouth, decreasing the protection saliva gives, making you more susceptible to periodontal disease.

Your oral health can contribute to, worsen, or become affected by several different diseases and conditions in your body, including:

  • Heart Disease
  • Premature births and low birth weight in pregnant women
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • HIV/AIDS

Keeping Your Dentist Informed

The best way to protect the health of you and your family is to inform us if you suffer from systemic diseases or take medication for any medical condition, including those listed above. We take note of any potential risks, and will adjust your treatment plan accordingly.

Make an Appointment Today

To help maintain good overall health for you and your children, it is important to have good brushing/flossing habits to help mitigate the risks presented by certain illnesses and medications. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss regularly, and schedule regular appointments with your Ft. Myer’s dentist at Mitchell Dentistry.

Mitchell Dentistry is a Ft. Meyer’s family dentist, offering experienced dental care for the entire family. Your family’s health is very important to us. To schedule your next cleaning or dental check-up, contact our practice today.

Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month!

At Mitchell Dentistry, we celebrate the highly skilled and talented hygienists Lisa, April, Kim and Lidiana every day, but did you know there is an official National Dental Hygiene Month? October marks the sixth straight year that the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company are teaming together to increase public awareness about the importance of maintaining good oral health.

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This year, the focus of National Dental Hygiene Month centers around the four components of good oral health maintenance: brushing teeth twice daily, flossing every day, rinsing with antimicrobial mouth rinse and chewing sugar-free gum (in between meals when you don’t have time to brush). Dental hygienists are encouraged to remind patients to “Do the daily 4” and, during each dental office visit, they start a conversation on how integrating good oral health-care habits into one’s daily routine benefits not just oral health, but contributes to improved overall health.

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In our office, our entire hygiene team is certified in anesthesia. They have continued their education to obtain the most advanced knowledge in the dental hygiene industry today. Their expertise enhances our practice and our patients’ oral health.

Some of the services our hygiene team may provide are:

  • patient screening procedures; such as assessment of oral health conditions, review of the health history, head and neck inspection, dental charting and taking blood pressure and pulse
  • taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays) and other digital images
  • removing calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) from all surfaces of the teeth
  • applying preventive materials to the teeth (e.g., sealants and fluorides)
  • teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health;
(e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling)
  • counseling patients about good nutrition and its impact on oral health
  • making impressions of patients’ teeth for study casts (models of teeth used by dentists to evaluate patient treatment needs)

If you ever have any questions about our dental hygienists, please don’t hesitate to ask. We welcome your feedback!

All the best,

Dr. Jim