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Periodontal disease and tooth decay are diseases of bacterial origin. Meticulous oral hygiene and using antibacterial rinses and solutions are ‘things’ you can and should do at home!

COMMON ORAL SYSTEMIC QUESTIONS

Q: How much does it cost to treat gum disease?

A: Like most services, the cost of treating gum disease is  based upon the time required and the difficulty of the procedures involved.  Each person has unique and individualized problems which must be accounted for  in determining a proper course of treatment. A proper evaluation will determine  the extent of the disease and map out the best course for treatment along with  its attendant costs. As usual, costs can be dramatically reduced and controlled  by thorough and meticulous control of bacteria biofilms which will promote  faster healing and better health maintenance.

Q: Why should I go to an AAOSH dentist?

A: Dentists who are members of our academy show a special  interest in the general health and well-being of their patients and how the  health of the mouth affects their general health. They pay special attention to  emerging science and newer technologies and procedures which reduce health risk  factors and assure better health for their patients. The AAOSH brings together  allied health sciences and professionals and provides a wide variety of  educational opportunities that help member dentists to practice with the best  clinical judgment and clinical skills possible. Together this promotes  excellent care for their patients and encourages proper inter-disciplinary care  when necessary.

Q: I am worried that conditions in my mouth may be impacting  my general health – what can I do?

A: It is good to be aware that problems in your mouth may be  impacting your general health. If you are concerned that conditions in or  around your mouth may be increasing health risk factors you should consult with  a dentist who is trained in oral-systemic healthcare.

Q: Is gum disease the only oral health problem that is tied  to the rest of the body?

A: No. There are other oral health conditions which have  significant impact and consequence to the rest of the body and your general  health. We know that gum disease is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes,  pregnancy complications, Alzheimer’s, certain cancers, etc. Other conditions  include oral cancer, oral airway and sleep apnea, TMJ – headaches & migraines,  dental decay, and biocompatibility of dental filling materials (in genetically  susceptible individuals). These connections between the mouth and the body  highlight the importance of good oral health and dental stability in assuring  better general health.

Q: Is bad breath a sign of gum disease?

A: In a word, yes! Bad breath, or halitosis, happens when  bacteria and dead skin cells and other organic debris, decay and putrefy,  producing sulfur compounds which give the characteristic bad breath smell.  These bad-breath chemicals can cause breakdown of delicate gum tissues allowing  bacteria and their toxins to enter the gum tissue easier as well as the body’s  circulatory system. Chronic bad breath should always be viewed as a bad sign  and a risk factor for tissue breakdown and disease. Generally, cosmetic  attempts to mask it with standard mouth rinses fall short of what’s needed to  cure bad breath and rid oneself of the bacteria which causes it.

Q: How do I choose the right dentist for me?

A: Choosing a member of the AAOSH is a good place to start.  Our growing membership from across the US and in countries around the world assures that you  can find a dentist in your vicinity who understands the principles of dentistry  closely linked to the “mouth-body” connection. Look for dentists who take  advantage of educational opportunities to be on the cutting edge of oral  systemic healthcare and incorporates these principles into their practice. Talk  to your dentist, develop a plan and make sure to request close focus on these  matters which are important to you.

Q: What can I do at home to protect my oral health?

A: Periodontal disease and tooth decay are diseases of  bacterial origin. Meticulous oral hygiene and using antibacterial rinses and  solutions are ‘things’ you can and should do at home! By taking better care of  your teeth and making it a priority to spend necessary time in this pursuit,  you can be better assured of a health mouth and of lowered risk factors for  developing other general health problems.

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