Routine Check-ups may not be what you Think

dental exam houston tx | dentist Royal Dental USAMany people are mindful about seeing the dentist every six months, but evidence suggests that when life gets busy or budgets stretched, dental care may be the first thing to go. This reflects an idea that routine dental check-ups are not as valuable as they really are. To see why you really need to maintain these visits, look at the underlying aspects that they involve.

Oral Cancer

Of the various types of cancer that exist, oral cancer is not one that is often discussed, especially not in mainstream media where you would gain an understanding of its dangers. The good news about oral cancer is that it is not pandemic. The bad news is that it is estimated that just under 10,000 deaths will occur from this condition this year alone. This is reason enough for the American Dental Association to recommend yearly screenings for all adults. Patients who have known risk factors for oral cancer are encouraged to be screened with our ViziLite Plus system. The exam is painless, fast, and capable of catching oral cancer when it can be most easily treated.

Dental Care and your Health

Your view of dentistry may be that it is valuable to the appearance of your smile, or to your sense of comfort and confidence. What most people are surprised to learn is that oral health is a direct link to systemic wellness. Patients with existing health conditions like diabetes are in even greater need for frequent, preventive dental care. Additionally, routine care to prevent, detect, and treat common conditions plays an integral role in maintaining a healthy body.

The link between oral health and general health may not be immediately clear. Conditions that occur in the mouth are most often associated with bacteria, which are living, breathing organisms. These microbes not only cause cavities and inflammation in the gums, but they have also been found in other areas of the body, including the heart. Gum disease, in particular, has been identified as a risk factor in numerous health concerns. So the more we can do to help you avoid it, the better for your body as a whole.

It can be easy to put off a dental appointment, especially when it seems so “basic;” but don’t! Schedule your visit with our friendly team to keep your mouth and body healthy.

Gum Disease and Breast Cancer Risk

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Throughout the years we have learned more and more about the effects our dental health has on our overall health. When our teeth and gums are inflamed, that inflammation can spread to the rest of our body. Chronic inflammation is associated with many serious diseases including heart attack, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.

A recent study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research has discovered that women with periodontal disease were more likely to develop breast cancer.

Inflammation is one of the primary causes of all disease. Whether from smoking, poor diet, exposure to toxins, or in this case, chronic inflammatory gum disease. The study monitored 73,737 women and showed that in women with periodontal disease, the risk of breast cancer was 14 percent higher.

This increased risk is completely preventable. If you have gum disease please make an appointment so we can go over your treatment options. If you suspect you may have gum disease, please come see today us for a free exam. It is important to maintain the health of your gums and teeth…not only so that you have a healthy, beautiful smile, but to help prevent other serious diseases.

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