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Updating your Health History May Help Save Your Teeth
January 13th, 2016 by Dr. Watson

Although you might think of your general health and your dental health as two separate categories, they are much more connected than the average Jackson resident would suspect. Just like the information you provide to your doctor helps him/her keep your health in good shape, Dr. Watson depends on your input for optimum dental health. We at Jackson Center for Smiles like to go above and beyond for our Jackson patients, but we need your help to make sure you get the quality dental care you deserve. Here are a few reasons why:

The average Jackson resident might not think to mention to their dentist what’s going on with their physical health, but you’d be surprised how much that information can make a difference in your oral care. Dr. Watson needs to be able to see the whole picture so that we can keep your teeth healthy and beautiful.

Diabetes and Dental Health

750,000 Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. However, few diabetes sufferers know the full extent of the disorder’s effect on your teeth. If you have diabetes, you are much more likely to develop:

TMJ

Temporomandibular joint disfuntion (TMD/TMJ) results from improper workings of your jaw joint. Unfortunately the symptoms of TMJ are so diverse that most Jackson people would never think to tell Dr. Watson about them. However, we at Jackson Center of Smiles can treat your TMD. Here are a few common symptoms signs of TMJ:

Physical impairments to brushing/flossing

If you have recently injured your hands, fingers, arms, shoulders, or suffer from any type of arthritis or physical disability, you may not be able to brush and floss as well as you should. There are ways to help Jackson residents improve their dental health beyond brushing and flossing, but Dr. Watson needs to know so that we can provide you with the oral hygiene help you need.

Side-Effects and Dental Health

Did you know that more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medications cause dry mouth, and many others can harm teeth in different ways? In fact, it is estimated that 40% of the population takes at least one medication that can harm their teeth.

So the next time you visit Jackson Center for Smiles and Dr. Watson asks how you are, be honest! Dental health and general health go hand in hand. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us today!

Sources

www.diabetes.org

http://drc.hhs.gov/report/pdfs/section15-systematic.pdf

http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Teeth_and_drug_use

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/oral-side-effects-of-medications

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/05/000529093840.htm