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Whole-Patient Dental Care for Good Health

At Ivy Lane Dentistry, we believe in a whole-patient approach to dental care – “healthy teeth, healthy you.” Our New Patient Questionnaire provides a snapshot of your overall health, so we can deliver personalized dental care based on a comprehensive personal health history. To speed up check-in on your first appointment, please download, print and complete the form and bring it with you. Or, ask our receptionist for a copy at check-in.

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Tips for Good Health
According to the Mayo Clinic and others: When you take care of your teeth – with daily brushing, flossing, and regular checkups – you eliminate the build-up of harmful bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, triggering problems in the rest of the body. And as you know, easy prevention beats a difficult cure every time.

Keeping your natural teeth throughout your lifetime is the most obvious benefit of good oral health habits. But, a healthy mouth has other benefits as well. For example, it has been shown that gum disease and heart disease go hand in hand. It is also linked to an increased risk of cancer, stroke, pregnancy complications, respiratory disease, and diabetes. So, taking good care of your teeth is a great start towards overall good health.

Special Care for Diabetics
Good oral health is especially important for those managing diabetes. Diabetes sets up a see-saw relationship with dental health: it creates a precondition for gum inflammation to start, because of excess sugars in the bloodstream. Conversely, gum inflammation hampers the body’s ability to fight off the infection. So, getting ahead of dental problems early is of prime importance for patients who are managing diabetes.

Take Care of Your Teeth: Beyond Brushing and Flossing
Taking care of your overall health will help your teeth and gums stay healthy. Smoking, overweight, and diabetes can contribute to poor oral health (smokeless products in particular are known to cause oral cancers). Eating healthy foods (whole foods high in fiber and nutrients, avoiding refined sugars) reduces the chances for mouth bacteria to build up and cause tooth decay and gum inflammation.