By Dr. Robby Perkins
Keeping our smiles healthy.
For over 20 years, I have been proudly taking care of the oral health of our community in London, Ontario.
Over the years, I have heard many misconceptions about what keeps our smiles healthy. In the spirit of National Oral Health Month, here are the answers to some of the questions that patients often ask me.
Do I really need to see my dentist twice a year?
How often you go for a dental exam ultimately depends on your individual health needs. If you smoke, have a history of gum disease, or have any other health problems such as diabetes, you may need to see your dentist more regularly.
The goal is to detect small problems early. A simple filling at the right time or identifying a cavity early could spare you from the pain and the cost of a root canal or tooth extraction down the road. A small problem caught early, can go a long way to keep your smile healthy.
Does a healthy mouth affect my overall health?
The phrase "healthy mouth, healthy you" really is true -- and backed by growing scientific evidence. If you suffer from gum disease and it goes undetected, the bacteria generated in your mouth can actually spread infection around the rest of your body. Dental examinations even have the potential to spot non-dental health problems in advance. Osteoporosis, vitamin deficiencies, diabetes and oral cancer often bear symptoms that appear in the mouth.
Next time you are scheduled for a hygiene appointment, don't just think of it as a cleaning, consider it to be part of a full body tune up!