Greeley Endodontics - April 2019

IS YOUR MOUTH GETTING YOU INTO TROUBLE?

The Link Between Your Mouth and the Rest of Your Body

It might surprise you to know that a world of bodily problems originate in the mouth. In fact, in the dental world, countless studies have been published demonstrating that a person’s oral health has a significant impact on their health overall. In many cases, it seems that the mouth steers the ship for the whole body! One of the most common (and dangerous) connections between your oral health and the rest of your body is known throughout the dental community as the oral-systemic link. While there’s a lot of scientific jargon to describe this systemic link, simply put, it refers to the laundry list of diseases and conditions that can stem from untreated periodontal disease. Studies have shown that the inflammation from bacterial disease in your gums and mouth can cause inflammation in other parts of your body, which can lead to conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, and a multitude of other ailments. While we are doing our best to spread awareness regarding this link, there is another connection between your mouth and the rest of your body that often goes ignored. But rather than stemming from periodontal disease, this connection stems from your sleeping habits. If you’re struggling with snoring or sleeplessness, there’s a good possibility that you might suffer from obstructive sleep apnea — and your oral health might be to blame!

Here at Greeley Endodontics, if we notice any signs of sleep apnea, such as teeth grinding, ample cavities, a small jaw frame, or redness in the throat, we’ll have a fairly good indication that our patient suffers from sleep apnea. Fortunately, we now also have innovative new technology here in the office to scan patients’ airways for volume size as well! While your mouth might seem small in proportion to the rest of your body, it can certainly cause its fair share of troubling issues. If you have any questions, concerns, or just want some advice, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We understand that it might seem strange talking to your dentist about your sleep habits, but trust us, it’s worth it in the long run! CHECK OUT OUR OFFICE’S NEW MACHINERY!

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All of us here at Greeley Endodontics are happy to announce that we’ve now added a Carestream Dental CBCT Scanner to our practice! This remarkably innovative machine will allow us to take detailed scans of a patient’s head and neck, which will allow us to prevent and treat conditions like sleep apnea. We will use the comprehensive and intricate images from the scan to assess patients’ airway volume in their neck/ throat area. It’s an excellent tool, and from a diagnostic standpoint, it allows us to see so much more than we could have before! If you have any questions or want to see about getting a scan for yourself, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

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