Routine care to help protect your smile from poor oral health is about more than just keeping your smile bright and shiny. With these steps comes better overall health too! In today’s blog, we’re looking at the benefits of general care, and also discussing the steps we take to ensure our Brighton, MA, office is clean and safe for our patients.

Promoting Your General Wellness

Part of your general wellness includes a visit to the office every few months for a preventive checkup and cleaning. During your exam we use advanced technology to carefully look at your teeth and gums for potential signs of trouble. The earlier we identify issues like cavities and gum disease the sooner we can administer treatment to prevent serious complications. We also screen for oral cancer! During the visit, our team will remove all plaque and tartar from your smile, a process known as a dental cleaning. A dental cleaning, in addition to offering brighter teeth and fresher breath, helps limit the risks of issues like cavities, infection, gingivitis, and gum disease.

The Mouth Body Connection

The health of our smiles impacts our overall health in surprising ways. For example, gum disease, an inflammatory disease, may enter the blood stream, and from there, increase the risk of issues like diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and stroke. For pregnant women, this common oral health issues is also linked to premature birth! Advanced cavities, dental infection, and the later stages of gum disease also increase the risk of adult tooth loss. When we lose our teeth, this impacts our ability to gain nutrients from our meals and could even limit our lifespan to some degree. Our oral health matters, and seeing the dentist regularly to seek treatment and maintain optimal oral health is essential!

Keeping Our Office Clean

Right now, much of the country is avoiding large gatherings and self-quarantining to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We want to remind our patients that if you feel under the weather, or worry about possible exposure to COVID-19, then you can reschedule your visit for a later date. If you’re undergoing a vital dental procedure that cannot be put off, know that our team follows strict cleaning and safety protocols, such as regularly disinfecting surfaces in the bathrooms and waiting room, the reception desk and chairs, door handles, instruments, and more.

Do You Have Questions About General Dentistry?

With routine care at home and in the office, you can enjoy better smiles and improved overall health. To learn more about preventive dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Brighton, Watertown, and all surrounding communities.