Flower Mound dentist Dr. Jonathan Golab at the Flower Mound Center for Cosmetic Dentistry is asked a wide variety of questions about teeth cleaning and other dental issues. Below are two of the most common questions and Dr. Golab’s responses:
Question: My husband won’t go to the dentist, he doesn’t floss and as far as I know he doesn’t have any new cavities or gum disease. On the other hand, every time I go to the dentist, I need some new fillings. I’m confused. How can that be?
“There are some very interesting statistics in regards to your situation. According to Men’s Health and CNN, approximately one-third of American men have not had a checkup in the past year. Men make 150 million fewer trips to the doctor than women. Men brush and floss less than women”
Dr. Golab a Flower Mound cosmetic DENTISTRY provider said. However, men are more likely than women to have more periodontal disease (34 percent of males aged 30 to 54, compared to 23 percent of females in same age group). Just because nothing hurts doesn’t mean your husband has no cavities or gum problems. Oral health and professional dental visits are very important because they can affect your overall general health. And if your husband never goes to the dentist, then he really has no idea whether or not he does have gum disease or cavities. He may need fillings or even a dental crown. So make him an appointment! Good oral health can help prevent diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Recent studies presented at the International Association of Dental Research have even found connections between gum disease and fat metabolism. One study suggests that infections cause metabolic disturbances and that periodontal disease is one of the most common chronic infections. Bacteria in gum disease may interfere with fat metabolism, leading to elevated LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol). Make an appointment for your husband to get an evaluation and teeth cleaning from the dentists here at Flower Mound Center for Cosmetic Dentistry and you’ll both know for certain if he gets an A or not on his oral report card.
Question: I’ve been diagnosed with diabetes and have a lot of health problems. My dentist told me I have gum disease. I brush and floss daily. What else can I do?
“It is estimated that one-third of the people in the United States have diabetes. The relationship between diabetes and oral health is significant. Studies have shown that diabetics are more susceptible to gum disease and oral infections.”
Flower Mound dentist Dr. Golab said. In the poorly controlled diabetic person, oral infections and gum disease frequently are more severe. Diet and exercise not only help improve the quality of life of someone living with diabetes, but they also help maintain good oral health. Blood-sugar levels must be checked regularly, as well as triglycerides and cholesterol levels. Get three-month checkups and teeth cleanings with your dentist at Flower Mound Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. Dental visits should be kept short and as stress-free as possible. Eat and take your medications as directed, before your scheduled appointments.