Your oral hygiene plays a bigger role in your overall health than you may realize, and at Venice Dental Care, we are here to help explain why!

Oral Wellness and Periodontal Disease

Did you know that periodontal disease, a chronic inflammatory disease, also known as gum disease, more significantly leads to a prevalent form of skin cancer than smoking? That’s right! According to the Mayo Clinic, it is a serious form of gum infection but can be prevented with good oral hygiene. You may think that your bleeding gums may not be of concern, but actually it could be the leading sign for gum disease. So, yes, flossing daily may be as important as your dentist tells you, especially knowing that it can reduce your chances of developing periodontal disease.

If you are suffering from bleeding gums, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your dentist. At Venice Dental Care, we have all your dental care needs and will guide you through the process of discovering whether this issue could be something like gingivitis or more drastic like periodontal disease. Gingivitis is more common and can even be treated at home. But what is the difference between gingivitis and periodontal disease? With gingivitis, your gums are irritated and may bleed, but there is no tissue damage, or bone loss because the teeth are still firmly intact. If you do not intervene with your gum disease quickly, the infection may spread deeper, causing gum detachment, bone loss, tooth loss, and eventually periodontal disease.

Because of this snowball effect, you may question that your gum sensitivity is a sign of gingivitis or periodontal disease, but fear not because our team of experts can help you determine the cause and find the best way to treat the issue. One of our high-end procedures is Lanap Laser Therapy. For those of you who already do not like visiting the dentist as is we have some good news! This “cutting” edge technology requires no cutting, stitches, and virtually no pain.

Oral Wellness and Snoring

Oral wellness can affect aspects of your life that you may overlook otherwise such as sleep apnea that is commonly disguised as snoring. If you or your loved one is losing sleep over sleep apnea- it could actually be shortening your life! At Venice Dental Care, we can help you with your specific case of sleep apnea through custom designed devices. The devices adjust the position of your jaw or tongue, which opens your breathing passages while you sleep. If you have a device, such as a CPAP, you may be dealing with adjusting straps, air leaks, and constantly being uncomfortable, but by meeting with the dentists at Venice Dental Care, we may have the right option for you! That means less snoring, which equals a good night’s rest for both you and your partner.

Oral Wellness and Overall Health

Why is it important to care about your oral hygiene outside of just having a confident smile? For starters, poor oral health increases the chance of early cancer death by 80%. The chronic inflammation associated with gum disease is a sign of chronic inflammation in the body. Not only does it cause mental, emotional, and physical illnesses, but up to one in three cancers are associated with chronic systemic inflammation. Something as simple as missing teeth plays a factor; those who have dentures or a bridge should be conscious of the fact that 11 or more missing teeth increases the risk of oral cancer.

Remember, your mouth is a ‘microenvironment’ that not only is a gateway to the rest of the body but reflects the condition of your body as well. It’s essential to monitor and keep up to date with your cleanings and dental needs, which will help lower healthcare costs in the long run. So, that means you could save money if you just remember to simply brush twice a day and floss before bed. Take it from us, it’s definitely easier and cheaper to buy a pack of floss than it is to get bone grafting for missing bone from periodontal disease. Not only does it save you money, but it also decreases your risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and reducing your risk of stroke. At Venice Dental care, we offer customized cosmetic and dental plans with personal attention and extraordinary results to help you achieve a healthy smile for a healthy life!

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