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The Importance of Good Oral Health if you Have a Blood Disorder
Posted on 7/20/2018 by Winning Smile Dental Group
If you suffer from a blood disorder such as anemia, sickle cell disease, spherocytosis, cyclical neutropenia, or any other type of blood disorder, your doctor has likely encouraged you to take care of your oral health. That's because good oral health is important in controlling blood disorder problems. How They're Connected When your oral health is less than stellar, it provides an opening into the body for bacteria and viruses. For most people, while this is a concern, it's not a severe problem right away. That's because their immune system is strong enough to hold these bacteria or viruses in check. For those who are dealing with disorders such as neutropenia, though, that's not the case. Their white blood cell count is fairly low, so their immune system isn't that strong. They can't fight off these infections as easily. This means that you have to be careful not to give bacteria or viruses easy access to your bloodstream. Cavities, gum disease, and impacted teeth can all weaken your defenses and create openings for infection. By regularly seeing us and letting us know that you're fighting a blood disorder, we'll be better able to treat you and make sure you're as healthy as can be. Other Concerns A blood disorder can also bring up additional concerns for dental procedures. For example, those who have low white blood cell counts are likely to need antibiotics before and after a procedure to make sure they don't get an infection. Those who have abnormally high or low red blood cell counts also require additional monitoring because they may bleed more easily or not clot as well. We see a number of patients who are living with blood disorders and do everything we can to keep them healthy. If you have a blood disorder and have any questions about your oral health or want to book an appointment, call us today....

How Does Tooth Loss Affect Seniors?
Posted on 7/10/2018 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Tooth loss is a major problem for seniors because it's linked to both physical and mental decline. Why Seniors Suffer from Tooth Loss Socioeconomic status is one of the biggest factors regarding tooth loss to mental and physical decline. This is why it's so important to educate members of the lower class about the importance of taking care of their oral health and their general health too. Oftentimes, the fact that these people don't get routine dental care is also a problem. They don't have a dentist who notices when their teeth are going bad so they can take steps to help stop things before they get too far out of hand. Lifestyle and psychological factors also cause additional issues here. Some seniors suffer from such bad anxiety that they can't step inside of a dental office. When this is coupled with poor lifestyle habits such as smoking, the problem is compounded. How Tooth Loss Affects Seniors Researchers from the UK's University College London (UCL) drew several conclusions after they analyzed data from over 3,100 adults who were over the age of 60. They found that there are many ways that tooth loss affects seniors. Not only does it cause you to walk slower but it also causes you to have poorer memory. In fact, people who lost all their natural teeth performed 10% worse than those who still had all their natural teeth. This is why doctors are now using this as an early marker of decline in people between the ages of 60 - 74. Total tooth loss is rare when seniors see their dentist. By making an appointment with our office, we can watch for signs of periodontal or gum disease. This is the most common cause of tooth loss today. When we see you for a routine appointment, we can help make sure you're proactive in avoiding this so call and set up an appointment today....

Many People Do Not Have Their Oral Health Prioritized Properly
Posted on 6/23/2018 by Winning Smile Dental Group
When it comes to healthy living, oral health is one area that is often overlooked. Good oral health prevents tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath, and it can fight tooth loss as you get older. However, a healthy mouth can also help with your overall health and wellness, so you need to prioritize oral health appropriately. Health Complications of Poor Oral Health There is a strong connection between oral health and overall wellness. Specifically, gum disease is associated with many health complications, including heart disease and stroke. Some researchers believe that systemic diseases also have oral manifestations, including diabetes, kidney disease, and certain cancers. Pregnancy and Birth A healthy mouth is also important if you are pregnant. Periodontitis, a type of gum disease, has been connected to low birth weight and premature birth. It is especially important for pregnant women to visit their dentist regularly, as gum disease tends to worsen with pregnancy. Your dentist may wish to see you more regularly throughout your pregnancy to ensure optimal oral health. Pain and Discomfort Not only can poor oral health lead to health complications, but it is also connected to facial and oral pain. Often this pain is a result of gum infections. Nearly 75% of the U.S. population has gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease, and failure to treat it in the early stages can lead to more advanced issues. Digestive and Gastrointestinal Issues Proper digestion begins in the mouth. Your teeth chew food to be digested, and chemicals in your saliva help to break down substances. Problems in the mouth can ultimately lead to digestive issues, including irritable bowel syndrome and intestinal failure. Oral health needs to be prioritized at the same level as your physical health. If it has been a while since your last dental appointment, contact us today to set up your screening....

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