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The Dental / Medical Connection

Dentist in Llano, TX

Almost every dental journal that crosses my desk has an article discussing the link between dental health and overall health. The current catchphrase for this relationship is the dental/medical
connection. The short version is that people with healthy teeth and gums enjoy better overall health than people with missing teeth and gum disease.

There are actual studies that demonstrate a positive correlation between the number of teeth retained and the quality of one’s life. In other words, the more teeth you have and the better shape
they are in; the healthier you generally are. This relationship has much to do with diet, self confidence, the ability to communicate effectively, and self esteem.

Along these same lines, it has been shown that people with effective tooth replacement treatments are healthier than those without. Whether teeth are replaced with implants, dentures, or
partial plates; a good set of teeth trumps a bad set. Well designed and constructed tooth replacements allow for a healthier diet, as well as the ability to speak and communicate better. Ask anyone with dental implants how much easier it makes their life.

There is a well documented link between gum disease and multiple other health problems. I’ve explored this subject before and do not want to beat a dead horse. Suffice to say that healthy gums
help to prevent or control diabetes, heart disease, and multiple other systemic health problems. Gum disease is a chronic infection that damages your body and must be treated.

The temporomandibular joints are also key to a healthy body. Jaw joints that do not work or line up correctly can lead to headaches, ear pain, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain conditions.
Severe TMD patients can also have trouble eating healthy diets due to limited opening and pain. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious medical condition that can cause heart attacks, strokes, auto accidents, and other issues we’d all like to avoid. A person’s bite, airway, tongue, and jaw joints can all contribute to the obstruction that blocks oxygen flow during sleep and leads to OSA. Dental
appliances can be fabricated to treat some forms of sleep apnea.

The more we learn, the more we realize that quality healthcare is a team approach. Doctors, dentists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and assorted other specialists should all be onboard to keep
our bodies in top shape. Who knew that a trip to the dentist could save your life?

Until next week, keep smiling.

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Made a visit to Parrish Dentistry this morning with my full family of 4 and could not have gone better. From the check in process to examination to cleaning they were hitting on all cylinders and we could not have been happier. Even our young kids were very entertained throughout the process due to their kid friendly staff and welcoming environment. Thanks Parrish Dentistry team for making our visit over the top!

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Parrish Dentistry

307 East State Highway 71
Llano, TX 78643


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Your Health and Safety is our Top Priority

Dentist in Llano, TX

Parrish Dentistry has always had the very highest of standards when it comes to your child's health and that hasn’t changed. Every time you and your child visit our office, our primary goal is to ensure your health and your safety.

We continue to maintain and uphold the requirements set forth by the CDC, OSHA, and the ADA in regards to sanitation and infection control, ensuring a clean and healthy environment for all.