Richmond Dentist Discusses Your Smile’s Capabilities

Aug 16th, 2013 | By | Category: Oral Health, Patient Education

Oral HealthEffectively caring for your oral health should be a point of pride, and for more reasons than just the beautiful smile that results from good maintenance. As the most used and one of the most visually dominant parts of your body, your smile has a host of responsibilities that exceed decorating your face. As part of our dedication to your ongoing good oral health, your Richmond dentist, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu, examines some of the responsibilities of your smile, and why good oral health is necessary to meet those expectations.

Your Smile Can…

Bite & chew

Your mouth’s most well-known purpose is biting and chewing to process your food for digestion, which requires all of your teeth to accomplish properly. A healthy bite can exert up to 200 pounds of force on your back teeth; a full mouth helps disperse this pressure evenly to minimize the impact and damage to your teeth.

Uphold your appearance

You may know that a full smile is more attractive than one that’s missing one or more teeth, but many of good oral health’s cosmetic benefits aren’t as obvious as a gapped smile. For instance, the roots of your healthy teeth help maintain a healthy supply of nutrients to your jawbone, which supports and sustains your teeth through their roots. Losing a root or several can lead to jawbone deterioration as it loses its nutrient supply, causing the aesthetically-unpleasing appearance known as facial collapse.

Warn of health issues

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting your dentist at least once every six months for a routine dental checkup and cleaning. Aside from checking and cleaning your teeth and gums, your comprehensive examination also includes a thorough inspection of your oral tissues for lumps, cysts, lesions, growths, or other abnormalities that can indicate systemic danger. In fact, many of the most dangerous systemic health issues, including HIV and many cancers, present early symptoms that manifest within your mouth.

Influence your health


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Your oral health’s connection to your body is as more than just a window; the state of your oral health can also significantly influence your risk for a number of chronic diseases, including heart disease. By keeping your mouth clean and disease-free through good oral health and hygiene, you can reduce your risk of poor oral health leading to other health issues.

Complete Oral Health Care with Your Richmond Dentist

To learn more about what your smile can do and how good oral health can significantly influence your quality of life, schedule a consultation with your Richmond dentist by calling Hilltop Family Dental immediately at 510-758-7222. Located in the 94806 area, we proudly serve families from Richmond, Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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