When you think of your family's health care, dentistry is typically a separate topic. However, with more information emerging about how oral health is related to overall health, perhaps it shouldn't be separate. After all, your dentist is also a doctor who, by monitoring your oral health, also impacts your overall health. Here are some of the ways your dentist can help.
Over the years, dental technology has made huge advances by allowing dentists to diagnose more effectively and efficiently. CAD/CAM, computer-aided diagnosis systems, can even be used to screen for other health concerns such as:
- Bone density and osteoporosis
- Diagnosing maxillary sinusitis
- Oral cancer screenings
- Diagnosing carotid artery calcification
As medical and dental professionals begin to partner more in the future, this technology and its capabilities will be invaluable.
Periodontal Health and Overall Health
Another way your dentist impacts your overall health is by monitoring your periodontal health. Gum disease affects over half of American adults in some form, either gingivitis (the early stage) or periodontitis (the advanced stage). The inflammation that causes it can contribute to other health concerns such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.
Regular visits to your dentist every six months have never been more important because they can detect gum disease in much earlier stages, allowing them to treat it more successfully with less invasive procedures.
If you need a top dentist in Webster Groves who looks at the whole picture and can incorporate state-of-the-art technology with exceptional dental care, we encourage you to contact Dr. Matthew Wenzel of Webster Groves Dental. Here you'll find a partner in achieving and maintaining optimum oral health as well as excellent overall health.
Give our office a call today to learn more about what we offer!