Can Problematic Teeth Affect Your Overall Health?
At Smiles By Holsinger & Higgins, one of our goals is to help our patients improve their oral health. Not only can problematic teeth affect your oral health, but they can also lead to complications with your overall health. We highly encourage our patients to visit our office for routine hygiene examinations and cleaning appointments because we are thorough in checking for any signs of decay, gum disease, or other problems. It can be difficult to spot problems with the naked eye, but using X-rays and our dental knowledge, we are easily able to find problems with your teeth and gums. Once we diagnose a problem, we recommend that patients schedule their treatment appointments as soon as possible.
How Problematic Teeth Can Affect Your Overall Health
Unfortunately, dental issues will not heal on their own. They continue to progress until they are treated. For some, this may mean the need for a more extensive treatment that will increase the expense. For others, this may mean a tooth extraction, after which we will need to discuss a tooth replacement option. Aside from the problems, failure to treat problematic teeth and gums can also increase your risk of developing a serious complication with your overall health.
People with untreated tooth decay and gum disease have a higher risk of developing heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and respiratory issues. On a day-to-day basis, people may also experience difficulty chewing and eating properly. This can cause stomach issues, and people may notice frequent acid reflux. Those with dental issues may also have problems speaking properly and can develop a lisp or another speech impediment.
If you need to schedule a dental treatment or it is time for an oral hygiene examination, be sure to contact our office located in Denton, MD. Now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment so we can see you before the end of the calendar year.