Good oral health is an important aspect of a long healthy life. The right dental care helps you maintain a beautiful smile, keep your teeth, prevent pain, allows you to eat what you want, and supports your overall health.
Screening for Oral and Jaw Cancer—At every visit, your dentist or hygienist will perform a screening for oral and jaw cancers (usually as part of an overall exam).
Heart Disease—Recent studies have shown that patients with heart disease are more likely to be suffering from gum disease. While we don’t know if gum disease somehow leads to heart disease or if both diseases are caused by something else, treating your gum disease may reduce one co-factor of heart disease.
TMJ— TMJ is a catch all phrase for any dysfunction of your jaw joint. TMJ problems may be in the muscles, the bones, or the discs. In most cases joint problems are caused by a fall, an accident, or teeth clenching and grinding.
Sleep Apnea—Sleep apnea can result in life-threatening conditions including high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and gastro-esophageal reflux disease. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends a custom fitted oral appliance, fabricated by a dentist trained in Dental Sleep Medicine, for people with snoring or mild- to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Custom oral appliances are also recommended for people with severe sleep apnea who try but cannot tolerate CPAP (the gold standard of treatments for sleep apnea). It is critical to have an oral appliance made by a dentist experienced in both fabrication and follow-up. Restorative and Aesthetic Dental Associates’ Thomas Corwin, DDS, FAGD works with patients who struggle with snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, or CPAP intolerance. For more information, visit www.SleepApneaMaine.com.