What You Need to Know About the Mouth-Body Connection

What You Need to Know About the Mouth-Body Connection

Just as much as there is a connection between the mind and the body, recent research has found one between the mouth and the body. This means that the health of your teeth and gums affects your overall health. Your dentist at Comfort Care Dental is available in Calgary, AB to assist in maintaining your oral health.

The mouth-body connection

The mouth is actually a good area to find early warning signs of diseases and immune system problems. Saliva, as well as the cells in our mouths, can be used to analyze and reveal certain genetic risk factors. Oral health can also be the source of systemic infections and disease if it is maintained poorly: oral infections have been linked to other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Oral health and diabetes

Oral health and diabetes are interconnected – diabetes can affect the health of the mouth, but diseases of the mouth can also adversely affect the condition of a person’s diabetes. It can be a challenge for diabetics to deal with oral diseases because they have a hard time fighting off infection in general and typically have dry mouth, which can lead to tooth decay and other oral health struggles, but making an effort in maintaining good oral health can pay off in having a better glycemic control.

Oral health and heart disease

Studies have shown that individuals who have moderate to severe cases of gum disease are at a greater risk for heart disease than those with healthy gums. The infection that is present in the gums can spread its bacteria through the bloodstream to the heart where it can attach to a damaged area to cause inflammation. The bacteria can also increase the risk of buildup in the arteries, which can lead to a heart attack or even a stroke.

Oral health and pregnancy

It is important to maintain good health in general when pregnant, as a mother’s health affects the health of her baby, but oral health also plays a part. Research has shown that periodontal disease can increase the risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth or having a low-birthweight baby, which can then affect future health problems for the baby, including poor social growth and learning disabilities.

Who is at risk?

Patients who already have advanced gum disease or have a higher risk for it are at a greater risk for overall health issues. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to promote both your oral health and overall health. Brush and floss daily and see your dentist at Comfort Care Dental twice a year for a cleaning and exam in Calgary, AB

We are opening with changes to keep you safe!

We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you, very soon! We will be opening our clinic for all your dental care needs on June 1st. Until then, we are still available for any emergency and urgent dental care you may require.

Our office will have a number of changes designed around giving you a safe, efficient and comfortable experience.

Here’s what to expect:

To book an appointment, please follow the steps below:

Call the office line:

Be prepared to answer the following questions;

  • Have you experienced a fever, cough, runny nose or difficulty breathing in the last two weeks, as we will need to know prior to booking?
  • Have you travelled outside of Alberta within the last 14 days?
  • Have you been diagnosed with covid19 or come in contact with a known covid 19 case?

What we will need from you:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment and be patient as we follow rigorous and mandated Covid 19 protocols including a health screening prior to your appointment. Please sanitize your hands when you arrive.
  • Please come to your appointment wearing a mask.
  • Be prepared for us to take your temperature at the time of your visit using a no-contact thermometer
  • Be prepared to fill out a covid health questionnaire and consent for treatment form when you arrive.
  • If you have changes to your insurance, please call the office ahead of time to update this information.

Waiting Room:

  • Accompaniment of patients will be limited to one essential caregiver and one parent of minors; all others will be asked to wait in their vehicle outside the clinic.

What the clinic is doing to ensure your safety:

  • Enhanced cleaning methods with approved sanitization products
  • Hand Sanitization station-please sanitize your hands when you arrive
  • Staggered appointment times to allow for cleaning in between patients
  • Plexiglas barrier at the front desk to minimize exposure between staff and patient.
  • Tap payments (no cash payments will be accepted at this time)
  • All team members will be pre-screened before and when they arrive to work to ensure they are healthy to work. Any team member that does not pass the screening will be asked to go home. We are doing this to ensure we are keeping you and all our team members safe. All team members will be wearing the appropriate PPE at all times and employing high standards of hand hygiene and infection control
  • All service personnel and couriers will be screened and asked to sanitize when they arrive and all deliveries will be sprayed and stored to sanitize before handling

The above changes may take some time to get used to and may seem overwhelming, but we are making them because the health of our patients and staff remains our top priority.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you and appreciate your support to help maintain a safe environment in our clinic.

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