Proactive – Preventive Dentistry

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Oral health is fundamental to overall health, wellbeing and quality of life.

A healthy mouth enables people to eat, speak and socialise without pain, discomfort or embarrassment.

The impact of oral disease on people’s everyday lives is subtle and pervasive, influencing eating, sleep, work and social roles.

Dental disease can also lead to destruction of soft tissues in the mouth, leading to lasting disability and, in rare cases, death. The prevalence and recurrences of these impacts constitutes a silent epidemic.

Almost half of all adults over the age of 30 have some form of periodontal disease.

It is essential to protect natural teeth from decay and periodontal disease, and focus on early detection and prevention of these conditions.

Evidence clearly demonstrates that these diseases are not just limited to the mouth, but importantly are linked to General health overall.

Proactive care is a term used to refer to dental care services that help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other health issues by reducing the amount of bacteria in the mouth. And as importantly it can prevent and help our physical, mental, psychological, and social well being.

We are now aware of the relationship of several illnesses and oral health but many still remain unknown.

Oral Health and Brain Function

But how come dental cleans can help my physical, mental, psychological, and social well being?

You might not be aware, but poor dental hygine is recognized as one reason for Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. As per a recent study, if dental problems are left untreated for several years, there’s a chance that you might develop these disorders and lose your ability to reason and recall things.

The bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis, which is associated with gum disease, and Streptococcus mutans associated with decay can travel through the nerves connected to the brain and destroy the nerve cells. This scary possibility arises in chronic cases caused by neglect of oral care.

Apart from this, tooth loss affects the grey matter in the brain, which can lead to specific impairments. Some people who experience tooth loss need to deal with speaking, haptic perception, and altered emotional functions. There have also been instances where losing 6 or more teeth has shown symptoms of depression and anxiety, making a person feel lost and unsure about their life course.

As aforesaid, gum bacteria can travel through the nerves and reach the brain.

Similarly, these bacteria can also enter the bloodstream through bleeding gums and lead to clogged arteries and stroke conditions. This happens when the bacteria attaches itself to any damaged area and causes exalted C-reactive protein, which indicates inflammation in blood vessels.

Doctors have found that patients suffering from chronic gum diseases are at an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases.

People with diabetes have higher sugar levels in the mouth fluids which promote the growth of bacteria and much higher risk of severe periodontal problems. 

Furthermore, periodontal diseases cause sugar blood levels to rise further and deteriorate the condition making it harder to control diabetes even with medication. 

Periodontal treatment is associated with improved glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes. So in our professional opinion it is very important for patients with Diabetes to be in our Proactive Perio program. 

Pregnant women are exposed to a higher risk of tooth decay and related health concerns: morning sickness and vomiting develop a high risk of tooth erosion. Frequent snacking on sugary foods and drinks to satisfy cravings may increase the risk of tooth decay.

Hormonal changes can also lead to gum issues like bleeding gum or some degree of tooth movement and some women may develop “pregnancy tumors” – red emplaning lesions appearing along the gum line. Normally these tumors are temporary and usually go away after having a baby but the possibility of such occurrences is significantly less if you have a healthy mouth.

On the other hand, there is growing evidence to suggest that severe periodontitis during pregnancy may be associated with preterm or low birth weight babies and pre-eclampsia.

Bacteria from adults with periodontal disease or decay untreated can be transmitted to the infant or kids.

MEMBERSHIP ONLY AVAILABLE FOR EXISTING PATIENTS

We know how important these all means to our patients. 

So we have developed a Membership program where we both commit to your oral care, you will have access to most of our preventive resources and treatments at no extra cost, as frequent as you require and educational information for you and your family.

This personalised membership is aimed at keeping healthy and preventing future dental problems. Preventive services include check ups, cleanings, X-rays, plaque disclosing, oral hygiene and diet instructions, education, fluoride treatments, fissure sealants and others.

How to activate your membership?

If you are a new patient:

Book your First New Patient Comprehensive Check up and clean appointment ($199) and as part of your examination your dentist will determine your periodontal condition and decide on the type of membership is required 

If you are an existing patient:

You can contact our friendly staff and we will provide you with the information for your membership activation

Why is a membership care program better for me?

  • It Minimizes Future Dental Work

    Things like tooth extractions and root canals don’t just happen on their own. They’re typically signs of poor or inadequate dental care over the years. So if you and your dentist are committed to proactive care it can mean avoiding more invasive work in the future.

  • It Promotes Better General Health

    Periodontal Disease is closely related with other Chronic Inflammatory conditions including Heart Disease, Diabetes, Arthritis, Alzheimer, Oral Cancer, Amongst others.

  • It’s Better on Your Wallet

    Staying on top of your dental health is far easier on your wallet than extensive restoration work, which can often turn out to be very expensive.

  • It puts your health first

    Doing this,  it will become a regular part of your everyday routine, ensuring you stay healthy in the long run