Your dental health is integral to your overall health; take good care of your mouth and you are well on your way to taking good care of your whole self. Will you make a New Year’s resolution to take good care of your health? This New Year, resolve to take good care of your dental health! Visit La Mesa Hills Dentistry for regular cleanings and check-ups, and we will help you achieve and maintain dental health this year. 

Your oral health and overall health are directly connected. In order to care for your overall well-being, good dental hygiene is imperative. At La Mesa Hills Dentistry in La Mesa Hills, California, we help our patients maintain optimal oral health by guiding them towards best dental hygiene practices and offering them the best dental care technology. Twice-daily brushing and daily flossing are critical, but professional dental care, including semi-annual cleanings and dental check-ups, is also necessary.

Scientific research has shown that when the oral pathogens present in dental plaque are allowed to proliferate in the mouth they can seep into the bloodstream and cause problems in other parts of the body. Dental plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on and around your teeth, accumulating in pockets in the gums that surround the teeth. When this bacteria multiplies in the pockets between the teeth and gums, gum disease, also known as periodontitis, can result. In the early stages, called gingivitis, gums become red, swollen, and inflamed, and may bleed easily. If left untreated, gingivitis will advance into gum disease (periodontitis). The gums begin to pull away from the teeth, forming deepened spaces or pockets where more plaque collects, and bacteria multiplies. Eventually the bone around the teeth degenerates, resulting in the destruction of the bone that supports the teeth and ultimately the loss of teeth. 

In addition to oral disease, when oral bacteria are allowed to proliferate they can cause complications for your overall health as well. The proliferation of oral pathogens  have been linked to cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes, amongst other health conditions. Therefore, reducing or eliminating these oral pathogens is critical for maintaining optimal overall health.

When you visit the dentist twice a year for cleanings and check-ups, you reduce your chances of developing these health conditions. The team at La Mesa Hills Dentistry will thoroughly clean your teeth of dental plaque, helping to reduce the presence of oral bacteria. We’ll also review best dental hygiene practices with you, so we can help guide you towards a good daily oral healthcare routine. By taking good care of your mouth’s health, you can begin to take good care of your overall health!

La Mesa Hills Dentistry is here to help you maintain your oral health, so you can achieve optimal overall health. This New Year, resolve to take good care of your dental health! LMHD is a family-friendly dental practice, offering you the best in dental care. Call 619-469-2902  or click here to book an appointment with La Mesa Hills Dentistry today!