Some people only associate the dental office with dental cleanings and exams or placing a few fillings. That’s a major part of the job, but a dentist does more than improve the health of your teeth. Our Nashua NH dental team is using the latest technology to keep your teeth clean and healthy, and Dr. Kiehl offers a number of treats that can improve your oral health and overall health.
Today we want to share a few ways a trip to the dentist can improve your health. You can reach out to our office at 603-546-7460. Here are some ways a trip to Nashua Family Dentistry can improve your health.
Improve Health of Your Gums
Gum problems are a serious threat to your teeth and the rest of the body. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults, and it can strike with little to no warning. Patients with gum disease also face a higher risk of issues with heart disease and diabetes, though studies have not found a cause-and-effect relationship. Gum disease is extremely common as well. We’ve found that about 50 percent of adults 30 and older will have gum disease, and that increases to more than 70 percent for patients 65 and older.
Gum disease often starts small with bleeding or swollen gums, but severe gum disease can erode the gums and bone, causing the tooth to dislodge. We’re using the latest gum disease treatments to keep patients healthy. We offer laser dentistry, which is much more comfortable than traditional gum surgery and allows the easy reattachment of the teeth and gums.
Work With Dentist to Sleep Better
Common sleep issues like snoring or waking up gasping for air are signs of a serious problem known as sleep apnea. This sleep disorder occurs whenever patients experience actual pauses in breathing.
A person with severe sleep apnea can experience as many as 30 pauses in breathing in a single hour and experience an increased risk for serious issues like heart disease . The common way to treat sleep apnea is with a CPAP. This treatment has been used for decades, and it’s still the best method of treatment. But the problem is that patients often find the CPAP intolerable, and studies have found that about 50 percent of patients prescribe a CPAP don’t regularly wear the device.
Instead of treating sleep apnea with a CPAP machine, we are using an oral appliance to treat mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of sleep apnea. The oral appliance moves the lower jaw forward to keep the airways open during sleep. The appliance is easy to use and easy to travel with, and the best part is that it won’t burden your bed partner.
Stop Pesky Headaches and Jaw Pains
Many patients deal with constant headaches and experience jaw tenderness. Patients with these problems might have dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This joint is at work every time you open and close your mouth, and dysfunction in this joint can lead to involuntarily habits like clenching or grinding. The problem is that clenching or grinding teeth can increase the risk of problems like tooth fractures or even gum recession.
Our office can quickly assess patients with TMJ problems by using a comfortable oral appliance. The appliance prevents the teeth from touching while you sleep, which is when most patients involuntarily clench or grind their teeth.
These are just a few things a dentist can do for your smile and overall health. Dr. Kiehl would love to meet you and discuss your smile goals. Give us a call today at 603-546-7460 to schedule a visit.