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The ability to function with traditional dentures can be very difficult for a lot of people, however since they have lost all their teeth they may think they have no other options. Hybrid prosthetics are implant supported, either completely fixed ( non-removable) or snapped in (overdentures). Either of these options allows the ability to secure dentures from rocking or the need for adhesives and they are designed to eliminate the palate or roof of the mouth acrylic that traditional dentures must have.
Nearly 100 years ago Charles Mayo, founder of the Mayo Clinic discussed at length the need for dentists and physicians to work together. “The mouth is by far the greatest portal of entrance of germ life into the body. The next great step in medical progress in the line of preventive medicine should be made by dentists. Complete dental care and preventive measures can extend human life 10 years.” While routine healthcare is slowly changing, a “new medicine” is emerging that moves beyond the current “reactive-rather-than-preventive” model. In 2016, Drs. Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen published an article proving that periodontal bacteria are a contributing cause to cardiovascular disease. The dental community has a substantial opportunity to mitigate the number one cause of morbidity and mortality, namely cardiovascular disease, by elucidating feasible effective management of periodontal disease due to high risk pathogens. Now that we know, we have to do better.
Bleeding gums are not normal, are a sign of inflammation and a warning flag. Would you leave a bleeding wound on your arm day after day? Would you consider a little blood in your urine normal? No.
When the gums bleed, the bacteria in the mouth are able to enter the blood stream and travel elsewhere in the body. There are published studies on people who have died of a heart attack that have oral bacteria in the clot that caused the attack. How do you think it got there?
Think about this: your skin is your barrier that protects you from all of the harmful things in the outside world. Your gums are the internal barrier to prevent bacteria from entering the bloodstream. One of the body’s highest indicators of chronic inflammatory disease (such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, certain cancers and even diabetes) is the presence of periodontal disease.
Poor oral health is found to be linked to a number of illnesses including the following:
Diabetes and Alzheimers
Anorexia and bulimia
Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea
As a third generation dentist, I guess it’s in my blood. It’s always been my goal and passion to practice dentistry. These recent advancements in awareness of how inflammation of the oral cavity contributes to significant disease processes makes the practice of dentistry even more exciting to me because of the tremendous opportunity to alleviate disease burden and it’s associated excess suffering and mortality. DNA testing is available at our office.
Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJD or TMJ), are notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat. Many of the related symptoms, such as headaches and earaches, often lead doctors to diagnose a sinus condition, as opposed to a problem with the jaw joint. TMJ symptoms often change in severity, depending on how much stress the sufferer is experiencing. During an intensely stressful period, grinding teeth, debilitating earaches, and lockjaw may occur. Botox® injections are sometimes an effective and painless way to alleviate tension in the temporomandibular joint, reducing jaw pain, headaches, and suffering.