Dental Health Is the Key to Overall Health
Nearly everything that enters the body comes through the mouth. When your mouth is unhealthy, bacteria can easily spread from there through the body. When you breathe, bacteria can enter your lungs. When you eat, bacteria travel to your digestive tract. If you have bleeding gums, bacteria can enter your bloodstream and go virtually anywhere in the body. Not only that, but ongoing infection in the mouth leads to systemic inflammation, which has been linked to numerous health problems.
But preventive dentistry helps you keep your mouth healthy, which makes it easier for the rest of your body to stay healthy, too.
Your home hygiene is a critical part of preventive dentistry, but there are some things you can’t clean at home. Plaque on your teeth absorbs minerals from saliva and becomes a rock-like substance called tartar. This tartar buildup is not only unattractive, it shelters bacteria, letting it attack your teeth and gums. We can clean the tartar away so your smile looks better and stays healthy.
Once your teeth have been cleaned, Dr. Wolfe will examine your teeth to check for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. In many cases, when detected early these conditions can be treated with just changes to diet and hygiene. Otherwise, he will recommend restorative dentistry.
Fillings are the most common form of restorative dentistry. They are used to treat small cavities in your teeth. Dr. Wolfe uses tooth-colored fillings that maintain the beauty of your smile and don’t include toxic mercury. Plus, tooth-colored fillings don’t