Family Dentistry – Keeping Your Loved Ones Healthy & Happy

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  • Prioritize and protect your oral health
  • Remove any stains, plaque, and tartar build-up
  • Catch dental issues early before they lead to larger issues
  • Build a trusting relationship with your dentist
  • Encourage healthy hygiene habits from a young age.

Not that long ago, it was believed that dentists were, just, well, dentists. Medical doctors were seen as the only professionals able to diagnose sickness, provide insight and advice for general health, and dealt with traumatic injuries while dentists eradicated tooth pain, removed teeth, and discussed the importance of brushing and flossing. Not so anymore!

Dentists are known today as the go-to oral healthcare experts, and oral health is now seen as a significant cornerstone of overall health. It’s also now better understood that the state of your oral health often offers insight into multiple major health issues. 

So how does oral health impact your overall well-being? Researchers suspect that bacteria located in infected gums is able to move through the body and the if the infection is significant, there’s an increased risk that bacteria will enter the bloodstream. If this happens, it can…

  • Boost the production of arterial plaque, which affects blood flow, increasing heart attack and stroke risk
  • Stimulates a hormone that can cause pre-term birth
  • Elevates your kidney cancer risk
  • Can contribute to your risk of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Negatively impact respiratory disease
  • And more!

Because early symptoms present in the mouth, dentists are often the first to see issues that relate to diabetes, oral cancers, hypertension, and osteoporosis. Recent studies show that many dentists are actively counseling patients on a variety of health issues, including those related to smoking, which is a major cause of periodontal disease.

Oral Health Contributes To Overall Health

We’re often asked why we inquire about your medical information, and while we understand the initial confusion, we ask because our goal is to ensure that your dental treatments are effective and safe.

Conditions like diabetes, heart disease, allergies, anemia, hemophilia, thyroid conditions, pregnancy, autoimmune disease, heart disease or murmurs, and hormonal disorders will et us know if taking special precautions during your dental treatment is necessary. Also, because many medical conditions present earliest in your mouth with lumps, sores, discoloration, infection, or irritation, our team may spot an underlying general illness you may not know is there.

At Smile Studio Dentistry of Baltimore, our focus is on your health and we will always do everything we can to help your entire family build and maintain optimal oral health. Call us at (410) 469-7407 today to book your next appointment!

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There was a time not so long ago when people thought of medical doctors as health providers, and dentists as, well, dentists. Doctors diagnosed illnesses, attended to general health, delivered babies, and dealt with traumatic emergencies. Dentists fixed or pulled teeth and gave lectures about brushing and flossing.