There are many research studies confirming that there is a link between certain health issues and the mouth. Some of those health issues include:
- Diabetes: Poor oral health can exacerbate diabetes by making it harder to control blood sugar levels, while diabetes can also increase the risk of gum disease
- Sleep Apnea and Snoring: Certain oral health issues, like a misaligned jaw or tongue, can obstruct breathing passages, leading to conditions like sleep apnea and snoring
- Heart Disease: Gum disease (periodontitis) can lead to inflammation and infections that may contribute to heart disease and stroke
- Premature Births/Pregnancy Complications: Serious gum infections in pregnant women can increase the risk of premature birth and low birth weight in newborns
- Alzheimer’s: Emerging research suggests a link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s, with the theory that harmful bacteria in the mouth can enter the brain and cause inflammation and nerve damage
Poor dental hygiene or untreated dental issues can also lead to other health conditions, including:
- Respiratory Infections: If bacteria build up in your mouth, they can transfer to your throat, lungs, and nasal passages, causing infection
- Cardiovascular Disease: Poor oral hygiene can also transfer bacteria to your bloodstream, allowing plaque to build up in your arteries
- Prostate Issues: Periodontitis, or gum disease, puts people with prostates at a higher risk of prostatitis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: Excessive bacteria in your mouth can lead to inflammation all throughout the body.
- Kidney Disease: People with periodontitis typically have weaker immune systems, leaving them open to infections.
At Steven Cutbirth, DDS, we take your whole health very seriously. We know that issues with your mouth, teeth, and gums can exacerbate or even cause other health problems. At your appointment, let us know any other health problems you have. This helps us take into account the effect those issues, as well as any medication you take to manage them, might have on your teeth.
Mercury-Free White Fillings
Mercury-free fillings, or white dental fillings, are a critical element to the modern dental care practice.
After studying some of the impacts of traditional silver amalgam fillings, it has been determined that they may be unsafe because of the low levels of mercury they contain. With advancements in dental technology, there are better materials that are now used for filling in cavities to help protect your teeth. Now we use composite material for tooth fillings; our updated, metal-free material is durable like silver amalgam but does not contain any mercury.
Composite white dental fillings are designed to match your teeth. More importantly, tooth-colored fillings are safer and more advantageous for your overall health. If you want to learn more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings, schedule a consultation with Waco restorative and cosmetic dentist, Steven Cutbirth, DDS.
Mercury Filling Removal
If you have old amalgam fillings that you are looking to remove, Dr. Cutbirth uses the latest techniques. Dr. Cutbirth utilizes a chelator (IV Vitamin C) to bind with the toxic mercury amalgam in old mercury fillings. Forming a chelate causes the metal to lose its chemical effect (such as toxicity or physiological activity). During the removal process, Dr. Cutbirth will also utilize a rubber dam barrier in the mouth and hospital-grade air filtration.
The removal of mercury from old dental fillings requires precision and care, which is why we are equipped with the best technology to get the job done.
Choose Dr. Cutbirth for Comprehensive Dental Care!
Your dental health doesn’t exist in isolation. Various ailments can have a direct or indirect connection to your oral hygiene and dental conditions. Dr. Steven Cutbirth is not only proficient in providing top-notch dental treatments but also understands the broader implications of oral health on your overall well-being.
Whether you’re looking to benefit from our advanced mercury-free white fillings or require precision in the removal of old mercury fillings, Dr. Cutbirth’s expertise ensures the best care, tailored to your unique health landscape. Remember, prioritizing your dental health today can be a pivotal step toward ensuring a healthier tomorrow. Don’t wait—schedule your consultation with Dr. Cutbirth today and embark on a journey to superior dental and overall health!