Enjoy Optimal Oral Health in Dallas, TX & Better Overall Health Too
In his 25-plus years as a dentist, Dr. Cary Shatto has become convinced there’s a strong link between a healthy smile and better overall health. He’s not alone. A growing body of medical research supports the idea of oral systemic health, linking bacteria in the mouth to increased incidence of systemic conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.Doctor Cary Shatto on Oral Systemic Health Read Transcript
Our philosophy at the office is, in simple terms, the body to mouth connection, and that's really an oral systemic approach. So it's really meaning that what's going on in the mouth directly affects the body. For instance, if a patient has gum disease, that bacteria is going to adversely affect the organs of the body. The oral systemic approach is the philosophy, and we are trying to clean up the mouth to get it to where if a patient has heart disease, diabetes, that it's not being bombarded from bacteria in the mouth. That's what the oral systemic approach is about, and that is our philosophy moving forward with patients. We want to treat gum disease. We want to treat cavities. And we want to get that patient healthier in their mouth, but also it's making that patient healthier in their body, as well.
At our Dallas, TX dentist office, we:
- Remove problematic bacteria with thorough dental cleanings and gum disease treatment
- Use metal-free dental restorations, since some individuals may suffer adverse reactions to dental amalgam
- Use custom mouthguards to treat both TMJ disorders and sleep apnea, conditions that not only cause unpleasant symptoms but also negatively impact your health
- Replace missing teeth to make it easier for you to eat healthy foods
To visit a dental practice that cares about your total health, not just your dental health, call American Family Dental at 214-340-4965.
Treatments Improve Your Overall Health, Not Just Your Oral Health
You probably feel great after you get your teeth cleaned because they feel and look good. Yet there’s an even more important, though unseen, benefit. Eliminating harmful bacteria from your mouth, especially areas around your gums, keeps it from getting into your bloodstream, where it can contribute to serious health conditions like heart disease.
Because your gums in particular can be a conduit for bacteria, we have a board-certified periodontist on call. She can provide gum disease treatment for advanced cases and restore gums already damaged by disease.
Cleanings and gum disease treatment aren’t the only dental services that can improve your overall health. You might be surprised at how these services benefit your well-being:
- Invisalign straightens your crooked teeth. This not only makes you feel better about your smile, it helps eliminate places where bacteria like to hide. Your brushing and flossing are more effective when teeth are straight.
- Replacing missing teeth with dental implants or fixed bridges gives you the ability to chew and eat healthier foods. Filling gaps in your smile also helps keep food debris from accumulating in places where bacteria can feed on it.
If you’re interested in a dentist who cares about your oral systemic health, call our Dallas, TX dentist office at 214-340-4965.