The Mouth-Body Connection
Oral Health Linked to Overall Health
You may have heard of the mouth-body connection, but what exactly does it mean? Because you see a medical doctor for issues pertaining to your body and a dentist for your oral health, it is easy to view your mouth as being a completely separate entity. The truth is, oral health problems can affect your overall health, and some medical conditions, or the medications used to treat them, can cause problems with your teeth and gums. To help you maintain the health of your mouth and the rest of your body, Dr. Hayashi takes a holistic view of dental care.
Periodontal Disease and Your Health
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease and periodontitis, is an infection and inflammation of the tissues that support the teeth. Gum disease has been linked to cardiovascular disease, premature delivery of low-birth-weight babies, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and diabetes. Though the exact nature of the link is unknown, it pays to keep your gums healthy to prevent or avoid exacerbating these conditions.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring may seem harmless, but it is often a warning sign of a serious breathing disorder known as sleep apnea. Characterized by pauses in breathing while you sleep, sometimes hundreds of times per night, sleep apnea disrupts your normal sleep cycles by waking you briefly each time you stop breathing. Because sleep apnea interrupts your sleep and repeatedly deprives your body of needed oxygen, you may develop a host of health issues, including daytime fatigue, obesity, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. Fortunately, your Stockton and Lodi dentists offer effective treatments to help you breathe easy, sleep soundly, and reduce your risk of developing chronic illnesses.
TMJ Disorder and Bruxism
TMJ disorder, characterized by strain or imbalance of the jaw joints, and bruxism, a habitual grinding and clenching of the teeth, often go hand in hand. If left untreated, these conditions will lead to chronic pain in the face, jaws, head, and neck, as well as damage to the teeth. To help restore balance to the jaws, relieve pain, and protect your teeth, Dr. Hayashi offers oral appliances for you to wear while sleeping.
Missing teeth can impact your health and lower your quality of life in many ways. If you must alter your diet because you cannot bite or chew certain foods, you may miss out on vital nutrients, leading to weight loss and malnutrition. Your bone health may suffer as well, as jawbone tissue that is not stimulated by a natural tooth root will deteriorate. Dental implants can address these issues by restoring normal tooth function and stimulating the jawbone with an artificial tooth root.
With locations in Stockton, Lodi, and Sacramento California, as well as Sparks Nevada, our dental team provides an array of general and cosmetic dentistry services to help you maintain optimal oral and general health. Contact us at your most convenient location to schedule your consultation.