The Importance of Oral Health
Decades ago, dentists did not stress the importance of oral health any further than regular appointments, brushing, and flossing. However, modern research has proven that oral health is significantly important regarding the health of the whole body. In recent years, it has become apparent that problems in the mouth often are a symptom of a greater underlying issue, such as diabetes, cancer, or heart disease. With this modern research in mind, Dr. Huelsman educates our team members and patients on the importance of oral health.
“Why Do I Need to go to the Dentist?”
We’ve heard this many times at our office, and we understand why. If you were taught that regular brushing and flossing is the key to good dental health, you may think having a good hygiene routine at home is all that’s necessary. However, routine dental visits are of utmost importance. Just like other medical providers, our specially-trained team members will look for signs of concern when performing routine dental exams. WE look for signs of gum disease, oral cancer, and more… you just might not realize it.
“Aren’t You Just the Tooth Guy?”
Dr. Huelsman values our patient’s health far deeper than their teeth. His extensive training and education has taught him so much about how the mouth indicates overall health. Because we treat our patients like family members, we never consider “just the teeth.” Instead, we consider what your mouth is telling us. With that information, we can educate, treatment plan, and refer you to other trusted physicians, as necessary.
“What is My Mouth Telling You?”
You can think of your mouth as the gateway to your entire body. If you’re having health issues in your mouth, you likely have health issues elsewhere. In fact, studies support that individuals with gum disease are forty-percent more likely to have a chronic condition elsewhere in the body. Oral health has strong links to heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy, and digestion. It is with this in mind that we choose to treat the patient in terms of holistic health, not “just the teeth.”
If you have questions or concerns regarding your oral-systemic health, please give us a call. Dr. Huelsman appreciates the opportunity to speak with new and current patients about this important issue.