Crossroads Colorado Springs Family Dentistry
Here at Crossroads Family Dentistry in Colorado Springs, our staff believes in the importance of the mouth-body connection, which is the relationship between an individual’s oral health and his or her overall health. With this in mind, our Colorado Springs family dentist takes the time to explain the importance of oral hygiene strategies, including proper brushing, flossing, rinsing, and eating a healthy diet.
Our Colorado Springs family dentist encourages regular dental visits to our office to all of our patients, beginning with a child’s first visit at the age of three. Since many oral hygiene habits are formed early on in life, we recognize the importance of childhood appointments. Therefore, we recommend all families strive to bring their children to their family dentist at least twice a year for regular dental cleanings and exams.
As part of a routine examination, our patients undergo a check for the presence of periodontal gum disease. In its earliest stages, periodontal disease is known as gingivitis and involves reddened, puffy gums. Once gum disease begins to take hold, the tissue become more inflamed. Gums begin to bleed during brushing and flossing, and eventually, they begin to recede, exposing more and more of your teeth until they look as though they have grown longer.
Not only is periodontal disease bad for your teeth, which can fall out as your gums lose their ability to secure your teeth in place, but the connection between periodontal disease and heart disease/strokes is serious. Clinical studies have shown that the bacteria arising from gum disease can affect other areas of your body, particularly your heart. Our Colorado Springs family dentist wants patients to realize that the risk of heart disease is real, which is why periodontal screenings are included in annual visits. In addition to poor hygiene, tobacco use can add to problems with gum disease since it increases plaque buildup, intensifying the risk of tooth decay and bone loss.
While tongue piercing has become more popular over the years, this Colorado Springs family dentist recommends against it for several reasons in the spirit of preventive health. Tongue piercings can chip teeth and crack enamel, causing unnecessary harm. Once your tongue heals from the initial swelling, it is still possible that an infection might arise. In fact, bacteria that cover the tongue naturally can get into the bloodstream the moment that the tongue is pierced. This can lead to infection in other areas of the body, including the heart.
Oral cancer exams are provided as part of the routine exam. Our family dentist does a visual check for signs of suspicious lesions in the oral cavity. This type of screening is painless, quick, and necessary to keep you safe and healthy. Certain risk factors can increase your chances of oral cancer.
For more information on Colorado Springs Family Dentistry or preventive dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment online today.