Connecting Dentistry and Total Wellness

Jan 31st, 2012 | By | Category: More dental news, Preventive Dentistry

Are you feeling a bit low? Do you find yourself catching a different bug each month? Are you having trouble sleeping? If so, you’ll want to see your physician to determine the underlying cause of your problems, but it’s also a good idea to schedule a dental checkup for the same reason. While your illness may have another cause, there’s a chance that a dental problem can be contributing to your poor health. Here are some of the issues poor oral health can create in an otherwise healthy person.

Chronic Diseases

An excess of plaque creates a breeding ground for bacteria along the gum line, which can lead to periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. The bacteria present in gum disease can lead to the following inflammatory conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory problems

Lower Quality of Life

Many dental problems can cause pain and interfere with normal day-to-day functioning. Cavities and periodontal disease can cause pain and make it difficult to eat or speak. You may also experience dry mouth and bad breath, which can affect your social life. Likewise, any problems with the bite or jaw, such as TMJ dysfunction or bruxism, can cause pain and interfere with sleeping and eating. Anything that causes pain, lack of sleep, or an inability to eat properly will take its toll on the immune system and cause numerous problems throughout the body.

Mental Health Issues

If you have cavities, gum disease, or a problem with your jaw, you may not be able to eat certain foods, socialize with ease, or live without constant pain. Also, the appearance of your teeth and gums may be unattractive and cause you embarrassment. These issues will affect your sense of self-worth if not corrected and can lead to major depression.

Good dental care is an essential component in overall wellness, and Dr. Moiceanu can help. Call Hilltop Family Dental today at (510) 758-7222 for a complete evaluation of your oral health. We treat patients in Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the surrounding areas.

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