Why Oral Health Matters to Your Whole Body

Why Oral Health Matters to Your Whole Body

Your dentist at Comfort Care Dental advises you to brush twice a day and floss daily. This is for good reason! Not only are those good practices to ensure healthy teeth and gums, but recent research has shown that good oral health can prevent health issues in the rest of the body. Here are a few ways in which your oral health impacts your overall health in Calgary, AB

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A healthy mouth prevents clogged arteries (atherosclerosis).

Oral bacteria can travel through the bloodstream and cause plaque buildup in the arteries. This can lead to the development of heart disease and put you at risk for a heart attack. A healthy mouth can also prevent heart infections – this is called endocarditis and iti affects the heart chambers and valves.

A healthy mouth decreases your risk of dementia.

Bacteria can not only cause a plaque buildup in your coronary arteries, but it can attack nerve cells in your brain. Taking care of your teeth reduces the amount of harmful bacteria that can cause inflammation and plaque deposits in the vessels that supply your brain with oxygenated blood.

A healthy mouth is good for your bones.

Your bones can also become affected by oral bacteria. The jawbones as well as the bones throughout the body can become infected and develop a condition called osteomyelitis, which requires weeks of antibiotics – and sometimes surgery – to treat.

A healthy mouth is good for your pregnancy.

Pregnant women who have periodontitis, or gum disease, are at a higher risk for going into preterm labor and have babies with a low birth weight. This is because oral bacteria can even travel through the placenta to affect the fetus, leading to fetal distress.

A healthy mouth is good for your sexual health.

If oral bacteria cause a buildup of plaque in the blood vessels, there can be a blockage of blood flow to all areas of the body, including the genital blood vessels. This is a leading cause of erectile dysfunction.

A healthy mouth promotes healthy blood sugars.

Oral bacteria can cause inflammation throughout the body. When this happens, the tissues in the body are less sensitive to insulin, which causes blood sugar level to rise.

A healthy mouth prevents respiratory infections.

Bacteria in the mouth can easily travel to the lungs through aspiration, where it can cause infections like pneumonia.

As there are so many benefits to maintaining a healthy mouth, you may be more encouraged to do so. Your dentist at Comfort Care Dental can give you a hand. Be sure to brush and floss every day, avoid sugary beverages, and visit your dentist in Calgary, AB for regular exams and cleanings.

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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