We have long known that our dental health and general health are intimately tied together. Every system in the body is interconnected, so why should your mouth be any different. It is, after all, the entry point to our digestive system. As a result of this interconnection, your oral health can positively or negatively affect your health.
Below you will find some of the top ways your dentist can save your health.
Sleep apnea is a very common but potentially serious condition in which breathing stops and starts up again for periods of 10-20 seconds while you sleep (this can occur hundreds of times a night). Even though sleep apnea is treatable, it often goes undiagnosed. Sleep Apnea affects more than 18 million people in the United States alone, and less than 10% ever get diagnosed. If left untreated, sleep apnea can take 8-10 years off a person’s life.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs when the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes during sleep, causing a blockage of the airway (along with loud snoring). In turn, this blocks the airflow into the lungs. Obstructive sleep apnea is defined as five or more episodes of apnea (temporary absence of breathing) or hypopnea (diminished depth and rate of breathing) per hour of sleep (called apnea-hypopnea index or AHI) in individuals who have excessive daytime sleepiness. Patients with 15 or more episodes of apnea or hypopnea per hour of sleep will receive a diagnosis of moderate sleep apnea.
Untreated sleep apnea prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep. The pausing of breathing literally shocks your body out of its natural sleep rhythms.
Sleep apnea occurs because your tongue or the cartilage in your throat relaxes too much, obstructing your airway. Sleep apnea not only causes snoring, but it often creates chronic fatigue and irritability during the day. It can also lead to more significant health problems like diabetes, digestive issues, and problems with your circulatory, cardiovascular (including stroke), and nervous systems. It is imperative to get treated for sleep apnea. However, diagnosis can be pretty tricky at times.
If you have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, this is where Dr. Perrone can help. She can create a customized sleep apnea appliance for you to wear at night when sleeping. This mouth guard maintains your jaw position in the ideal position to keep your airway open throughout the night. The mouth guard is designed for maximum comfort. You will wake up feeling refreshed, and you will feel better knowing that you have reduced the risk factors for additional health complications.
Healthier Nutrition For Your Body
Poor dental health can lead to poor eating habits. If your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold, you are missing teeth, or you have a toothache, it will affect the choice of foods you eat. Dr. Marielaina Perrone DDS will ensure your teeth are as healthy as possible so you can enjoy all the fine foods Las Vegas has to offer. Thru various dental treatments, Dr. Perrone can restore and enhance your smile to improve function and esthetics.
Early Oral Cancer Detection
Dr. Perrone uses an advanced oral cancer screening system vital to protecting you and your family’s health. Dr. Perrone utilizes the VelScope oral cancer detection system on every patient. This system uses a special light to see changes in the mouth that the naked eye cannot see alone. Dr. Perrone has saved countless lives by catching oral cancer early. The oral cancer success rate depends on early detection. She also completes a thorough visual head and neck exam to find any abnormalities that may develop. Maintaining regular dental appointments could save your life!
Protection From Respiratory Illness
An oral environment overrun by periodontal disease will increase bacteria development inhaled into the lungs. The increased bacteria in the lungs can weaken your immune system and increase the chances of pneumonia developing. In the time of coronavirus, this is even more important! Maintaining good dental hygiene at home and following Dr. Perrones’s instructions, you can keep the bacteria levels under control and give you added immune protection to stay healthy.
Reduce Risk Of Stroke And Heart Disease
The development of progressive periodontal disease (periodontitis) can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums. But it is also connected to the development of stroke and heart disease. Oral bacteria will enter the bloodstream causing possible damage to other parts of your body. Evidence of oral bacteria has even been found inside the blood clots of patients who suffered a stroke.
Other Possible Health Risks
- Periodontitis can worsen existing health issues like diabetes. Periodontal disease makes it harder to control your blood sugar and can spark infections in other parts of your body.
- If pregnant, periodontitis can even pose a risk to your unborn baby. It can increase your chances of giving birth prematurely or having a low-birth-weight baby. Additionally, periodontitis poses risks to your long-term health by increasing your likelihood of suffering from cardiovascular disease or a stroke.
All of these factors above mean that staying on top of your oral health and visiting Dr. Perrone regularly is vitally important. Regular dental treatment coupled with good dental hygiene at home can increase your quality of life and lifespan.
Dr. Perrone is highly trained in seeing the connection between the body and oral health. Using cutting-edge technology like the VelScope system, she can see things others cannot.
Contact Marielaina Perrone DDS at (702) 458-2929 to schedule a no-cost cosmetic consultation appointment if you are ready for a smile makeover. We cannot wait to help you with your smile makeover to create the smile of your dreams in Summerlin, Henderson, and Las Vegas, NV.