With the Valentine love around us, it makes sense that February is National Heart Month! However, Dr. Ganjoor believes you should focus on your heart every month, because poor oral health affects every part of your body.
Oral bacteria can spread to other parts of your body. Just like it inflames your gums, these bacteria can also infect and damage other tissues and organs. The American Academy of Periodontology found that people with periodontal disease are twice as likely to have heart disease. Gum disease makes your gums tender, weak, and swollen. Simply brushing or flossing can irritate your gum tissue and create an opening for bacteria to enter your bloodstream. In patients with gum disease, the same oral bacteria are often found clumped in artery plaques. When your arteries become blocked, it increases your risk of heart attacks or strokes.
The bacteria in your mouth can eat away your smile. These bacteria can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and other painful and harmful oral conditions. It’s important to visit Dr. Ganjoor at the first sign of a cavity to treat the problem appropriately.
What Causes a Cavity?
Oral bacteria feed off the sugars and carbs in your mouth. The microbes produce an acid that can wear away or rot your teeth. If the decay is not treated, it could spread deeper into the tooth or infect adjacent teeth. Cavities are also contagious and spread from person to person through kissing or sharing products that go in your mouth. Tooth decay is one of the most common childhood illnesses, and most children get the disease from their mothers.
What Are the Signs of a Cavity?
A cavity is the most common cause of a toothache. But many times you can’t feel tooth decay until it’s in advanced stages that require major restorations. Fortunately, Dr. Ganjoor can spot decay in its early stages by examining your mouth and dental X-rays. Call our office immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms:
At your appointment with Celina Family Dentistry, our team will evaluate your mouth to determine your dental needs and desires. Before visiting Dr. Ganjoor, answer the following questions so you can evaluate what’s most important to change about your smile.
Cosmetic services, like whitening, veneers, bonding, Invisalign, or Snap-On Smile, can brighten and visually enhance your smile. We can make your teeth whiter, cover chips and flaws, and adjust alignment problems.
What color are your teeth?
How are your teeth aligned?
Brushing and flossing daily is very important to keep your smile healthy, but visiting Dr. Ganjoor every six months helps keep track of dental problems to avoid major issues and complications. Your professional checkup has some great benefits.
Your professional examination will evaluate your teeth, gums, and mouth to look for dental problems. The first part of your checkup consists of taking dental X-rays. Our X-ray technology provides Dr. Ganjoor with an accurate photo of your teeth so she can spot developing problems that are not visible with the naked eye. X-rays show early detection of tooth decay, gum disease, alignment, and other problems that can be treated and fixed early on.
The second part of your dental exam involves a professional cleaning. Your dental hygienist will use special, powerful tools to scrape tartar off your teeth and polish the surface. The professional cleaning is stronger than your regular at-home brushing, and it cleans those difficult angles you can’t reach yourself.
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Who Are We?
Our office welcomes patients from Celina, Prosper, Gunter, Frisco, McKinney, and surrounding communities. Our team provides a warm, friendly environment to make your appointment comfortable. Dr. Angela Ganjoor and our staff create patient relationships built on trust, respect, and communication. We are always here to answer any questions and concerns you may have about your oral health.