Health

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I’ve gathered the Important Other Bits in this Health section.

  • Evaluation & Assessment
  • Health Maintenance & Recare Programmes
  • Infection Control
  • Laser Decay Diagnosis
  • Mouthguards
  • Orthodontics
  • Specialist Care
  • Sports Dentistry
  • The Wand & other Toys

A Lifetime Treatment Plan
We offer initial examination and assessment appointments to all new patients. These appointments are between 30 and 60 minutes duration; during this time we’ll consider any relevant medical history you have, your past dental treatment and your goals for future dental health.
We may obtain one or more of the following specific dental records:

  • A specialised 3D scan of your teeth and jaws

    Cone-Beam-Reconstruction

    3D Xray Reconstruction

  • A large radiograph (the ‘OPG’ view) showing both upper and lower teeth and associated structures

    OPG Xray

    Orthopantomogramme

  • Smaller, high-resolution digital x-ray images of back teeth

    Bitewing radiograph

    Bitewing radiograph

  • Colour digital photos of your teeth
  • Study models

    Digital Dental Photos

    Digital dental photography

Once we have these records, you will receive written recommendations for preventive care, immediate treatment and future management. These will be provided during a complimentary appointment, with all fee quotations in writing for your future reference. There is no additional fee for this service. Recommendations and records can also be transferred to a CD for your convenience.
Once you have a plan like this, you’ll be free to decide to undertake as little or as much treatment as you wish, over a time period that suits you. We find that if you have a good idea of what to expect in the future, how much to budget for and how long a particular treatment might take, it takes the guesswork out of your dental health and gives a peace of mind that you’re on the right track.

 

Dental Wellness
Many of our patients not only wish to have problems fixed, they want to actively prevent disease, and be well, ‘well’.

What is dental wellness? Research is showing more and more that eliminating bacterial colonies between gum and tooth, removing sources of chronic infection in deeper bony locations, and retaining as many teeth as possible are all absolutely crucial to a healthy mouth.

Believe it or not, there is a link between how many teeth you have and your risk of developing or worsening diabetes, for example. It makes sense when you think about it: your ability to gain adequate nutrition, eat a wide range of fresh food and chew comfortably diminishes markedly if you lose even one tooth.

In this paper,

J Clin Periodontol. 2011 Nov;38(11):1007-14. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-051X.2011.01775.x. Epub 2011 Sep 15.

Periodontitis is associated with angiographically verified coronary artery disease.

Buhlin K, Mäntylä P, Paju S, Peltola JS, Nieminen MS, Sinisalo J, Pussinen PJ. Source: Institute of Dentistry, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. kare.buhlin@helsinki.fi

the researchers came to this conclusion:
Compared with patients with no significant stenosis, poor periodontal health including missing teeth, periodontal inflammation, and bone loss is associated with angiographically verified coronary artery narrowing in patients with stable coronary artery disease or acute coronary stenosis.

In other words, if you don’t have all your teeth, you’re statistically likely to have cardiac disease problems.

In this study,

J Periodontol. 2010 Jun;81(6):870-6.

Number of teeth as a predictor of cardiovascular mortality in a cohort of 7,674 subjects followed for 12 years.

Holmlund A, Holm G, Lind L. Source: Department of Periodontology, County Hospital of Gävle-Sandviken, 801 87 Gävle, Sweden. anders.holmlund@lg.se

the researchers found for the first time a dose-dependent relationship between number of teeth and both all-cause and CVD mortality, indicating a link between oral health and CVD, and that the number of teeth is a proper indicator for oral health in this respect.

Over 7,000 people and 12 years is pretty convincing!

And, it’s not just your heart(infarction) or your head (stroke) that might be at risk if you are not orally healthy:

Oral health and peripheral arterial disease.

Hung HC, Willett W, Merchant A, Rosner BA, Ascherio A, Joshipura KJ. Source: Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA.

BACKGROUND:

Many studies have reported the association between poor oral health and coronary heart disease or stroke, but few of them evaluated peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Hence, in this study we examined the associations between oral health and PAD.

CONCLUSIONS:

We found that incident tooth loss was significantly associated with PAD, especially among men with periodontal diseases. The results support a potential oral infection-inflammation pathway.

So, being ‘well’ is a hugely important thing. We offer our patients opportunities to be assessed, understand their current situation, and actively prevent future problems. If you’d like to consider a plan for your future, give us a call-we’d be happy to discuss it with you.