The state of your oral health influences your general health.
We recommend preventive dental checkups and cleaning at least twice a year, if not more, depending on your particular needs. Routine exams and annual x-rays to protect against tooth decay and oral cancers.
How Many Dental Exams?
While insurance companies usually pay for 2 visits, they should not determine your healthcare needs. There are connections being made between oral health and systemic diseases, such as diabetes or heart disease. Diabetes sufferers cannot fight bacteria as well, so they are prone to having gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss. Besides tooth decay and gum disease, we can identify early signs of oral cancer, deterioration in fillings and crowns, and hairline tooth fractures.
Poor oral health—particularly in seniors—can also result in bacteria from the mouth entering the bloodstream, resulting in endocarditis, an infection of the heart valves and parts of the inside lining of the heart muscle. While uncommon, this condition can be very serious. People taking medications for their heart or blood pressure also need to be wary of tooth decay and gum disease, as some treatments cause dry mouth; less saliva in the mouth means less protection.
“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools,” says an old Spanish proverb.
Schedule dental visits for you and your family today by calling The Right Smile Center in Sandy Springs at 404-256-3620 or in Chamblee at 770-455-6076. Our dental office is conveniently located on Carpenter Drive in Sandy Springs, and we serve patients from Sandy Springs, Chamblee, Brookhaven, Roswell, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Buckhead, Marietta, East Cobb and surrounding communities. We welcome new patients and will be happy to answer all of your questions over the phone or in person. Our dentists and team look forward to making you, and your loved ones, smile!