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Updating your Health History May Help Save Your Teeth

Although you might think of your general health and your dental health as two separate categories, they are much more connected than the average Las Vegas resident would suspect. Just like the information you provide to your doctor helps him/her keep your health in good shape, Dr. Ron Wagner, Dr. Kent Wagner, Dr. Rich Cannon, Dr. Tom Lawler, & Dr. Richard Nelson depend on your input for optimum dental health. We at Wagner Dental like to go above and beyond for our Las Vegas patients, but we need your help to make sure you get the quality dental care you deserve. Here are a few reasons why:

The average Las Vegas resident might not think to mention to their dentist what’s going on with their physical health, but you’d be surprised how much that information can make a difference in your oral care. Dr. Ron Wagner, Dr. Kent Wagner, Dr. Rich Cannon, Dr. Tom Lawler, & Dr. Richard Nelson need to be able to see the whole picture so that we can keep your teeth healthy and beautiful.

Diabetes and Dental Health

750,000 Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. However, few diabetes sufferers know the full extent of the disorder’s effect on your teeth. If you have diabetes, you are much more likely to develop:

TMJ

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD/TMJ) results from improper workings of your jaw joint. Unfortunately, the symptoms of TMJ are so diverse that most Las Vegas people would never think to tell Dr. Ron Wagner, Dr. Kent Wagner, Dr. Rich Cannon, Dr. Tom Lawler, & Dr. Richard Nelson about them. However, we at Wagner Dental can treat your TMD. Here are a few common symptoms signs of TMJ:

  • Abnormally sensitive teeth
  • Painful chewing
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Neck pain and/or stiffness
  • Earaches
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Face pain
  • Jaw aches
  • Popping, clicking, or grinding of the jaw
  • Frequent dislocation or locking of the jaw
  • Difficulty or pain in opening the mouth wide

Physical impairments to brushing/flossing

If you have recently injured your hands, fingers, arms, shoulders, or suffer from any type of arthritis or physical disability, you may not be able to brush and floss as well as you should. There are ways to help Las Vegas residents improve their dental health beyond brushing and flossing, but Dr. Ron Wagner, Dr. Kent Wagner, Dr. Rich Cannon, Dr. Tom Lawler, & Dr. Richard Nelson need to know so that we can provide you with the oral hygiene help you need.

Side-Effects and Dental Health

Did you know that more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medications cause dry mouth, and many others can harm teeth in different ways? In fact, it is estimated that 40% of the population takes at least one medication that can harm their teeth.

So the next time you visit Wagner Dental and Dr. Ron Wagner, Dr. Kent Wagner, Dr. Rich Cannon, Dr. Tom Lawler, & Dr. Richard Nelson ask how you are, be honest! Dental health and general health go hand in hand. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us today!

Sources

http://www.diabetes.org/

http://drc.hhs.gov/report/pdfs/section15-systematic.pdf

http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Teeth_and_drug_use

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/oral-side-effects-of-medications

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/05/000529093840.htm

Dr. Ron Wagner and Dr. Kent Wagner have been serving as dentists in the Las Vegas community for over 30 years. Their high tech office offers the latest in dental technology including digital X-rays, intra-oral cameras, ZOOM! whitening system, and diode lasers. We also offer same day crowns with the latest in CEREC technology.

What does this mean for you? Less time in our office and more time to do the things you want to do. With CEREC crowns there is no second appointment, no temporaries, and fewer injections. You will leave our office in about an hour with a new, metal free, porcelain crown.

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