The mouth is now recognized as a portal of entry for many infections that affect overall health, including both physical and emotional health. Among these infections are the two leading dental diseases, caries (decay) and periodontal disease (gum disease), both of which remain common and widespread, affecting nearly everyone at some point in their life span. Good oral hygiene and quality professional hygiene therapy are the most important factors in decreasing the risk for these two dental diseases. The consequences of caries and periodontal disease are profound and often underestimated in terms of their negative impact on physical health and emotional health. Although periodontal disease starts in the mouth, it is generally accepted that associated bacteria and toxins gain access to the body’s blood supply and travel throughout the body. This creates a systemic inflammatory response with may increase the risk for heart disease. If periodontal disease if left untreated, in turn, it is more difficult to treat the systemic heart disease.
Over 50% of heart attacks could be triggered by a dental infection. Please do not let such a simple dental infection to correct be a cause of a life-threatening event. It can be prevented if found early. Stonebriar Smile Design has invested in technology to help locate these often hiding sources of infection. 3D Cone Beam X-rays add an extra dimension to help visualize the infection itself.