How Does Your Overall Health Affect Your Smile?

Categories: Dental Health

Educating Oklahoma City Dental Patients About Little-Known Risks Hi! I’m Dr. Mark Phan, DDS. Most every day, I can be found at my Oklahoma City dental practice treating dental patients with tooth and gum problems or helping patients prevent them. There are many common medical conditions that pose risks to oral health.

1) Oklahoma City diabetes patients with high blood glucose often have a higher risk of dental issues. If you have diabetes, let’s talk. My number is 405-634-7303.

2) A persistent dry mouth due to an inadequate amount of saliva can accelerate tooth decay, cause or contribute to gum disease, and trigger chronic bad breath. Many medications used by thousands of Norman and Moore folks, including those for high blood pressure and depression, can cause dry mouth. This side effect is not only unpleasant, but it is dangerous. Some anti-depressants (especially SSRIs) and anti-psychotic drugs can also trigger tooth-grinding (bruxism).

3) Acid reflux in children and adults is associated with a host of dental problems such as decay and periodontal disease.

I help many Oklahoma City dental patients prevent problems associated with medical conditions that sometimes seem unrelated to dental health. Regular professional dental care is essential for oral health, and it’s an important part of your overall physical health.

If you’re interested in improving the look of your smile, consider cosmetic dentistry here in Oklahoma City. At OKC Smiles, we offer a complete range of services from porcelain veneers to teeth whitening to dental implants. Whether you’re concerned about your health or the aesthetics of your smile, we are here to help.

Mark Phan
OKC Smiles
13900 S Western Ave, Suite 300
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73170