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A Healthy Mouth is the Gateway to a Healthy Body

family dentistry Battle Creek MIDid you know that achieving good oral health plays a role in overall wellness? A wealth of scientific research has been conducted to determine how oral health and general health are connected and studies have shown that many oral conditions affect systemic health issues. For example, patients with gum disease are more likely to have cardiovascular problems and diabetes when compared to patients with healthy teeth and gums. Receiving routine cleanings and oral examinations is essential to preventing dental conditions that may affect the rest of the body. Serving patients of all ages, our dentist offers comprehensive family dentistry to help members of our community achieve total wellness.

Preventive Dentistry and Your Health

With our hectic schedules, it is easy to postpone dental checkups and cleanings. But foregoing regular visits to our practice can put your oral health and your wellbeing at risk. Certain oral conditions, if left untreated, can wreck the health of teeth and gums and they will require costly and/or invasive treatments in the future.

With regular checkups, conditions such as cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer can be revealed early on—thus allowing for more conservative treatment options that can save money and prevent the progression of disease. To help illustrate the importance of early detection, one should understand how a common condition like decay affects a tooth. Teeth cannot regenerate new tissue like other parts of the body, so once decay forms, it will progress into a deeper or wider cavity until the tooth is treated with a restoration. By revealing and treating decay early, patients will require a smaller restoration such as a filling instead of a more extensive restoration such as a crown.

In addition to committing to frequent examinations with our team, patients should also receive two professional cleanings a year. Professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar—calcified plaque—a substance that builds up along the gums and is a leading contributor to gum disease.

We are currently accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment at our family dentistry practice, call 269-979-1500 today.