They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. If that’s true, then the mouth is the front door. Our mouths are a gateway for illness, affecting the wellness of our entire body. Dental bacteria has been shown to play a contributing role in many serious health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke and even Alzheimer’s. The Surgeon General reports that 80% of American adults have gum disease. That’s four out of every five people! It’s because of this direct link between the wellness of the mouth and the wellness of the body that high-quality dental care is so crucial.
At Pensacola Family Dental we take a comprehensive approach to dentistry, building a healthy body from the foundation of a healthy mouth; a true focus on total health. Healthy gums lower our risk for developing diabetes, pancreatic cancer and kidney cancer, while gum therapy improves blood vessel health and helps prevent heart attack and stroke. This is because the same plaque that builds up on our teeth can build up in our arteries and heart, creating blockages. Proper dental care calls for a visit to the dentist twice a year. This is likely more often than you see any other physician, especially if you’re generally in good health.
Complete health dentistry means your dentist can spot warning signs and even diagnose dangerous health conditions while you’re in the chair, sometimes when you’re completely unaware there’s a problem.