How a Qualified Dentist Can Save Your Life!
- Posted on: Feb 4 2017
A cardiologist can provide life-saving heart surgery. An oncologist can provide aggressive care to rid your body of cancer. Your primary care physician can help you maintain a healthier lifestyle. All of these people can help improve or even extend your life.
Unfortunately, many Americans don’t consider a dentist to be a crucial part of their overall health plan.
That needs to change. Our Webster TX dental office provides treatment to cure major dental problems that can threaten your life — or deplete your quality of life. Great dentistry is just about having healthy teeth and gums. These are our primary concerns, but at Clear lake Dental Care, we are focused on total body health. This is why we are a one-stop-shop capable of treating a variety of dental ailments under one roof.
The Connection Between Your Mouth and Body
We all realize that what we put into our bodies can affect our health. But not everyone realizes that what’s going on in the mouth can affect the body. Well, it can. A healthier mouth means a healthier body.
Here are a few ways oral health and your overall health are connected:
- Treating gum disease — Gum disease occurs when an infection reaches the gums. The infection is often caused by bacteria and tartar buildup beneath the gum line. Gum disease is the No. 1 cause of tooth loss in adults, and it has been linked to serious problems like heart disease and diabetes. While researchers and scientists have found no cause-and-effect relationship between gum disease and these problems, all of them are caused by inflammation and plaque.
For us, the message is clear: If you gamble with tooth loss and gum disease, you’re gambling with your life! At Clear Lake Dental Care, we can treat gum disease or even complete gum grafting to rebuild the gum tissue for replacement tooth options.
- Replacing your missing teeth — Missing teeth are a much bigger than cosmetics. Sure, missing teeth are an eyesore, but without your teeth, you cannot eat or properly digest your food. We’ve found that patients without their teeth cannot maintain a proper, healthy diet. Of course, your diet directly relates to your overall health. A bad diet can mean shaving years off of your life. The best way that we’ve found to replace missing teeth is with dental implants. We use dental implants to replace single missing teeth or to replace full arches of missing teeth. Dental implants are the strongest tooth replacement option used in dentistry. Our dental implants provide about 90 percent of the chewing force of natural teeth.
One area we are making huge differences with dental implants is by stabilizing dentures. Many patients come to us with slippery removable dentures. They want stability in their denture. We can give them that with dental implants. In many cases, we can place dental implants in the same day we extract failing teeth.
- Sleep apnea treatment — A skilled dentist can handle a wide array of dental complications. We can even help to improve how you’re sleeping. Millions of Americans struggle with sleep apnea, a disorder than can be deadly if left untreated. Sleep apnea can also increase your risk of developing issues like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Many patients with sleep apnea snore loudly or wake up several times a time gasping for air. These patients often wake up in the morning still feeling exhausted or struggle with nagging headaches.
The standard sleep apnea treatment is a CPAP machine. The problem with the CPAP is that many people find it uncomfortable, and only 50 percent of patients with a CPAP actually use it. That’s a terrible compliance rate. So, instead of the CPAP, we offer patients a comfortable oral appliance that will help reduce their sleep apnea problems. Patients get use to the sleep apnea appliance within a few nights and their symptoms fade. They wake up feeling more refreshed and no longer wake up gasping for air at night. Their bed partners appreciate that the appliance always helps reduce snoring.
These are just a few ways we can change your smile and improve your overall health. Our Webster TX dental office is here is to handle any of your dental needs. Give us a call today at 281-500-9877!
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