The human body is a wonder comprised of many different systems that work together with the same goal: to keep you healthy on your journey through life. But, it can’t achieve this goal without your assistance, which includes caring for your mouth. Your mouth plays a large role in your body’s overall health, and not just because it helps you consume the food and water that keep you satiated and hydrated. In that sense, it’s a gateway, but it is in another sense, too.
Oral infections can travel throughout your body the same way food and beverages do. This connection between your mouth and body is referred to as the oral-systemic link.
Unfortunately, some people are born with genetic factors that increase their risk of oral and systemic infections. Luckily, the research done on the oral-systemic link provides information on how to successfully treat and prevent a number of these inflammatory illnesses.
In fact, prevention can be simple. Proper flossing and brushing can deliver a one-two punch that disrupts bad bacteria in your mouth. Your mouth is actually home to many types of bacteria (up to 700), but the majority of them are neutral, and some are beneficial. When that balance is tipped in the other direction, dental problems can ensue—left untreated, they can spread. We’re here to help strengthen your preventive care.
Without education and advanced technology, we might still be using rough cloths or twigs as toothbrushes and pastes made of abrasive chalks or, creepily enough, crushed bones. That’s right—some ancient Greeks and Romans would use powdered bone, or ingredients like burnt eggshells, oyster shells, and powdered ox hooves to scrub their teeth clean. Thank goodness for modern toothbrushes and safe, minty toothpaste!
Brushing for two minutes at least two times a day means you’re spending just four minutes (add a minute or two if you’re flossing, and we hope you are!) in a 24-hour period doing something great for yourself. That equates to 28 minutes per week, around 126 minutes per month (depending on how many days are in the month, of course), and approximately 1,334 minutes per year.
That sounds like a lot, right? There are 525,600 minutes in one year, though, and we promise those cumulative hours spent brushing and flossing are worth it! This habit can prevent deep staining and freshen your breath, but it also prevents tartar formation and development of infections.
Oral cancer rates have been on the rise worldwide, and unfortunately, it’s one of the deadliest forms of cancer due to its often late-stage diagnosis. The usual increased risk factors of excessive alcohol consumption and tobacco usage have been surpassed by human papillomavirus (HPV) over the years.
We visually examine each surface of your mouth, palpate your neck to feel for any abnormal swelling, and snap photos with our intraoral camera to create an accurate record of your mouth that will clue us into changes early. You deserve peace of mind and thorough care.
*Symptoms can be found or felt on lips, cheeks, tongue, throat, or any surface of the mouth.
If you or anyone in your family plays contact sports, you probably already know (or may be required) to wear a mouthguard. If you haven’t heard the statistic that 13-39% of all dental injuries are sports-related, you might feel more motivation to protect your smile with one. Professional mouthguards are designed to fit your one-of-a-kind mouth. They’re constructed with durable, comfortable materials and provide more protection than stock or boil-and-bite guards available in most sporting goods stores.
If you find yourself clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth, you might also find yourself with frequent headaches, migraines, sore facial muscles, and worn enamel. You might even be doing these things in your sleep, which puts a lot of pressure on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Wearing a comfortable nightguard can prevent nighttime gnashing that results in pain and the need for dental restorations down the road.
While we enjoy seeing your smiling face for regular visits, we understand you’ve got a busy life. We work hard to ensure our office is a comfortable, safe place where you’re treated with respect and kindness, but we understand if you’d like to avoid dental work and visits that require more than regular exams and cleaning. We’re happy to help you achieve this goal.
If you’re starting from a place that requires a bit more work, don’t worry. Our hygienists can provide deep cleanings to remove stubborn tartar beneath your gumline, and we offer Oral-B®, Sonicare, and WaterPik® products to help you make that clean feeling last. We can help you select what’s right for your smile and tell you how to use your new tools!
If you have any questions about our preventive general dentistry services or would like to schedule a visit with your Parrish general dentist, Dr. Schnur of Florida Smile Design, give us a call at (941) 782-9158 or fill out our online form to request an appointment!