If Your Teeth Could Talk … The Mouth Offers Clues to Disorders and Disease; Dentists Could Play Larger Role in Patient Care

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Here is the link and some comments below from a great article in WSJ on 12/27/11 about the systemic link between teeth and your overall health.

http://online.wsj.com/article/health_journal.html

“We have lots of data showing a direct correlation between inflammation in the mouth and inflammation in the body,”

Some 20 million Americans—including 6% of children and 9% of adults—saw a dentist but not a doctor in 2008, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health this month

Dr. Ushma Patel – Center for Advanced Dentistry 770-623-8750 www.johnscreeksedationdentist.com in Johns Creek, Suwanee GA

If Your Teeth Could Talk

If Your Teeth Could Talk

A “Traditional” Philosophy – Best wishes for the New Year!


Today I want to talk to you about yearly traditions. As we begin the New Year, we offer you and your loved ones our very best wishes. We hope that you had a wonderful holiday season. One of your New Year resolutions may be to stay healthy. A healthy mouth leads to a healthy body and overall well-being.

I notice a lot of people go through their own mini-makeovers this time of year as well. They perform updates on their homes, make hair appointments to spruce themselves up for their yearly holiday card photo, and come in for teeth whitening procedures to erase coffee, tea, and wine stains and brighten up their smile for the holiday parties. Yes, that onset of cold weather paired with the festive retail displays and familiar trimmings that line the main streets, trigger a lot of activity for all of us.

These reminders bring me to a question for you: What triggers your medical upkeep? Do you have certain times of the year that you plan your routine visits to your family doctor, gynecologist, and dentist? Are you reactive, only seeing a medical professional when you think something is wrong? Or do you keep a regular maintenance schedule for yourself and your family?

Hopefully, the latter. It is my philosophy that preventative care is absolutely the most essential way to take charge of your health. I focus on the overall well-being of my patients and, with the help of modern science, can actually foresee dental issues and circumvent most of them before they become a bigger and more costly problem.

Why is this important? Three reasons.
Your comfort.
Your time.
Your money.

That’s right. Preventative care is first and foremost, more comfortable for patients. Heading off problems before they begin saves patients from larger dental procedures such as crowns or root canals. While medical techniques allow me to perform these procedures with a higher level of comfort liked Sedation Dentistry for my patients, most people would still prefer to avoid them altogether if possible. Crowns and root canals are more costly than preventative care, and they take more time in the office to address and fix.

With just two visits per year for a typical dental patient, I can keep you in preventative mode over the course of your lifetime. We can head off problems before they start and keep more money in your wallet, increase the overall health of your body and help you spend less time at the dentist.

My philosophy is simple: See me on a regular basis to avoid seeing me even more often than you’d like!

What system do you have in place for preventative care? Please remember to schedule those routine appointments for you and your family before your body triggers an issue for you that could have been entirely prevented! Call Dr. Ushma Patel D.M.D with Center For Advanced Dentistry at 770-623-8750 or visit us on the web at http://www.HiTechSmiles.com for more information.