You probably realize that going to the dentist is a good idea, but did you know taking better care of your teeth and gums could actually extend your life? Recent reports from the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research, the World Health Organization, and Mayo Clinic establish a clear connection between proper dental care and overall wellbeing. In addition to these medical concerns, your smile is an important part of your daily life, allowing you to speak and chew comfortably and confidently. At our Bryn Mawr dental practice, Dr. Stephen J. Gershberg and our team work to help our patients lead happier, healthier, longer lives by providing a full suite of general, restorative, cosmetic, and sleep apnea treatments. In the following blog, we outline three ways coming in to our office can increase your longevity.
1. Restorative work can help you improve your nutrition.
Suffering from cracked, chipped, severely decayed, or infected teeth could severely restrict your diet. If eating healthier foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins becomes uncomfortable, you might turn to fattening, highly processed snacks. A balanced diet is key to a long, healthy life, so undergoing restorative procedures could enhance both your smile and your lifespan. We offer a wide array of treatments, including advanced dental implants to replace missing teeth, beautiful all porcelain crowns, and more.
2. Your dentist can spot the signs of oral cancer.
According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, over 40,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer every year, and only 57 percent of them survive more than five years with this disease. The true tragedy of oral cancer is that this condition is typically highly treatable, if it’s caught in its earlier stages. Unfortunately, many patients don’t realize they’re suffering from symptoms until their condition worsens and requires much more complex treatment. At your routine cleanings and examinations (which should be performed at least twice a year), Dr. Gershberg will assess your gum tissue for abnormalities and refer you to a specialist for more advanced testing if he notices anything out of the ordinary. Undergoing regular oral cancer screenings can give you peace of mind and help you beat oral cancer to live much longer.
3. Proper dental care can help prevent periodontal infection.
The same bacteria that cause cavities can accumulate under your gum line, infecting your periodontal tissue. Gingivitis, the first phase of gum disease, can cause swelling, bleeding, tenderness, and other uncomfortable symptoms. If left untreated, this infection can advance to periodontitis, which can cause tooth loss. In addition to jeopardizing your smile, advanced gum disease has been linked to a host of major medical issues, including heart disease, stroke, respiratory disorders, premature labor and low birth weight in pregnant women, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and other serious conditions. Dr. Gershberg can help diagnose and treat gum disease, as well as provide home hygiene tips, to help you preserve your oral and overall wellbeing.
About Your Bryn Mawr General Dentist
Dr. Gershberg has been helping patients better their wellbeing with dentistry for over thirty years. If you’d like to live longer and enjoy a healthier smile, contact us by email or call 610-527-6700.