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Dental Appointments for All Around Good Health

Dental Appointments for All Around Good Health

Dental Appointments for All Around Good Health

Dental appointments keep everything healthy and in check and if you haven’t been to the dentist lately, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Richmond.

From checking old dental restorations to having that toothache examined, regular dental appointments keep you and your teeth and gums healthy.

Oral and Overall Health Connection

Recognizing the connection between oral and overall health is the first step. Inspired Smiles explains that mouth inflammation is the link. Avoiding gum disease at all possible costs helps keep the rest of your body healthy as well.

Studies indicate people with diseases such as COPD and Alzheimer’s disease have a higher percentage of gum disease. Again, the link seems to be inflammation.

Dr. Daniel Yeager explains that the body reacts to mouth bacteria with inflammation as it is trying to fight off bacteria. Unfortunately, bad oral hygiene usually means the unhealthy bacteria has taken over and left the good stuff behind.

Gum disease is bad all the way around, Firstly, bacteria, plaque and tartar are the number one cause of gingivitis and the more serious periodontal disease, and second, gum disease is the number one reason adults lose teeth.  

Dental Appointments for Old Restorations

If you follow the Inspired Smiles Blog, you will recall the dangers of old restorations, especially silver amalgam fillings and crowns. According to Dr. Victoria Yeager, broken and cracked fillings can leak. If you have leaky fillings, you are risking mercury exposure.

While the FDA and ADA both say silver amalgam fillings are safe, they do contain silver, copper, gold, and mercury. Mercury is toxic and if you have broken fillings, you are subjecting yourself to mercury exposure.

Your Richmond dentist explains that older fillings may last a decade or more but should always be checked during dental appointments.

Silver amalgam expands and extracts with temperature changes making silver amalgam fillings more apt to crack and break under stress. It’s also important to remember that filled teeth can still get cavities as well.

Teeth Gums & Dental Appointments

Tooth Decay

Small cavities become larger ones. Sadly, tooth decay will spread because the tooth is already damaged. If you suspect a cavity don’t let it get worse. Inspired Smiles can’t stress the importance of examinations if you notice any type of pain.

While some won’t feel pain from a toothache, there are usually other symptoms to watch for such as rough spots on the tooth and sensitivity to hot and cold.

Gum Disease

Bleeding gums are usually a sign of gingivitis. Both gingivitis and periodontal disease make gums red, swollen and tender to the touch. If you have gum disease you may notice:

  • Red Gums
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Sore Gums
  • Pockets Between Gums and Teeth
  • Chronic Bad Breath
  • More Exposure Along the Gum Line
  • More Frequent Infections

Dental Appointments in Richmond

Regular dental appointments are just as important as regular doctors’s appointments. Call, send a text or a DM to Inspired Smiles and schedule yours today.