Preventive Dentistry

Prevention is our primary focus at Uptown Dental & Orthodontics because it's the best way to help our patients manage their dental health and overall well-being. Preventive teeth cleanings and checkups also sometimes help our patients avoid the need for more extensive procedures for tooth repair, like fillings or crowns.

Preventive dentistry in Phoenix is also a great way to help our patients protect their overall health since studies have shown us that periodontal (gum) health is closely related to systemic health, which means that when you take good care of your smile, you're also protecting your overall health! Here's what you should know.

The Oral-Systemic Connection

Science has shown us a close connection between the bacteria in the mouth that causes gum disease and that which causes other non-dental related, systemic health concerns like:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Arthritis 
  • Dementia
  • Complications during pregnancy

Essentially, this means that the same bacteria in your mouth that causes the infection known as gum disease can enter your bloodstream and move to other areas of your body and contribute to the inflammation causing these other health concerns and vice versa. Since all body systems are connected, it's never been more critical to protect your dental health with routine teeth cleanings and checkups.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the soft tissues and bone that provide support for your teeth. The infection results from bacteria building up and moving below the gumline. If left untreated, the infection eventually destroys your teeth's support system and can result in tooth loss. Gum disease is actually the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.

Protect Your Dental Health and Overall Well-Being

Your best defense against gum disease and other dental concerns like tooth decay is to commit to an excellent home care routine and visit your Uptown Dental & Orthodontics team for teeth cleanings and checkups every six months.

When you visit your Phoenix dentist every six months for routine teeth cleanings and checkups, Dr. Hall screens you for gum disease to detect it as early as possible. With early detection, we can help our patients successfully manage and sometimes even reverse the early stages of gum disease, known as gingivitis. Or we can help patients successfully manage advanced gum disease (periodontitis) to keep their condition under control. Dr. Hall uses advanced technology like the dental laser to eliminate infected tissue and accelerate the healing process for patients managing periodontitis.

Think of Dr. Hall and her team as your partners in helping you achieve excellent dental health resulting in exceptional overall health. So if it's time for your next teeth cleaning and checkup in Phoenix, AZ, don't wait to call us at (602) 265-6456 to schedule.