The Complete Dentistry approach to dental care is one that takes into account the overall health condition of the patient. Once dental disease has been diagnosed and treated, Preventive Dentistry focuses on preventing the return of the disease. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that links the health of the tissues in the mouth to the circulatory system of the whole body. The mouth, in essence, is a window to the rest of the body. Traditionally, dentistry has focused on “fixing teeth” without addressing these systemic issues. I employ a more comprehensive, or Complete Approach, addressing the overall health of the patient.
Periodontal disease has been linked to heart attack, stroke and diabetes. For example: “Periodontal therapy may prevent the onset or progression of cardiovascular disease,” and “Infection caused by major periodontal pathogens is associated with future stroke,” are some excerpts from recent scientific studies. Gingivitis and periodontitis not only can lead to tooth mobility and tooth loss, but it can affect the overall health of an individual.
Preventive dentistry also includes the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. This is a condition causing oxygen deprivation during sleep and is related to higher incidences of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, memory loss, obesity and depression. Sleep Dentistry provides comfortable FDA approved appliance therapy alternatives.
Along with Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry, Preventive Dentistry is integral to the Complete Dentistry Approach. Correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment can improve overall health and appearance, but future good health must include, professional cleanings with oral hygiene instruction, periodontal therapy (when required), frequent cancer screenings, and thorough dental exams.