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Merrick, NY 11566
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Oral Health & Wellness

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Oral health is a key part of overall well-being and physical health.

We believe that excellent oral health has a significant impact on our patients’ lives. Keeping the mouth free of harmful bacteria, infection and inflammation helps to prevent the entry and spread of germs or illness. Having strong, healthy teeth, gums and proper bite are also critical to a beautiful and healthy smile. For patients who have already experienced tooth loss, implants can help repair and maintain oral and overall health by replacing natural teeth and minimizing bone loss.

Great oral health helps you to:

  • Eat and chew healthy, nourishing foods
  • Defend your body against infection and illness
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Enjoy a feeling of well-being
  • Have the confidence to smile

Recognizing the important connection between the mouth and the body, we routinely watch for signs of problems that may affect your overall health such as:

  • Signs of oral cancer
  • Ability to chew and eat without unnecessary sensitivity
  • Quality of sleep by checking for evidence of bruxism (or teeth grinding) and also watching for signs of snoring and sleep apnea

Scientific research has recently shown that gum disease may have a link to some of the following health problems:

Diabetes

Research has indicated that people with diabetes are more at risk for developing gum disease and that diabetics who have advanced periodontal disease may experience some additional challenges in managing their blood sugar.

Systemic diseases

Current research indicates that these diseases can have a link to periodontal conditions:

Heat disease – Oral health and heart disease are connected by the spread of bacteria – and other germs – from your mouth to other parts of your body through the bloodstream. When these bacteria reach the heart, they can attach themselves to any damaged area and cause inflammation. According to the Mayo Clinic, this can result in illnesses such as endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart. According to the American Heart Association, other cardiovascular conditions such as atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) and stroke have also been linked to inflammation caused by oral bacteria.

Osteoporosis – Bone loss not only affects the bones that support healthy posture and movement, but can affect the jaw bone and lead to tooth loss due to the loss of a solid foundation to support the teeth.

Respiratory disease – The aspiration of bacteria growing in the oral cavity can contribute to the development of respiratory diseases such as pneumonia.

Cancer – According to the American Academy of Periodontology, men with gum disease are more likely to develop specific types of cancer such as kidney, pancreatic and blood cancers.

Scientists are also currently researching to determine if there is a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, memory, and pre-term or low birth weight babies.

By visiting our office for regular cleanings and exams, you increase your ability to achieve and maintain optimal oral health, and prevent gum disease and associated health risks.

Elite Family Dental Care

1835 Cynthia Ln
Merrick, NY 11566
Read more about our dental services

Cosmetic Dentistry
Our experienced dentists help patients enhance their smiles by offering the latest in cosmetic treatments including Zoom! teeth whitening, Invisalign, and natural-looking dental implants.

Restorative Dentistry
Restorative treatments preserve your natural teeth wherever possible. Whether it be tooth-colored fillings, same-day crowns (made in our onsite dental lab), or natural-looking dental implants – our team will restore your smile to health and beauty by leveraging the recent advancements in dental technologies.

Dental Implants
As the premium option for replacing missing teeth, dental implants not only improve the appearance of your smile, they also improve your oral and overall health. Matching your natural teeth in color, size and shape, dental implants help restore your bite force, preserve your jawbone, and improve your confidence.

Invisalign
Invisalign offers discretion, comfort, and freedom to enjoy your favorite foods – all while getting a perfectly aligned smile. Our dentists have years of specialized experience in using these clear aligners to create beautiful, brilliant smiles.

Zoom! Teeth Whitening
Painless, professional-grade teeth whitening gives patients a megawatt smile – in just a single visit. Safer and more effective than store-bought whitening kits, Zoom! teeth whitening can bring out the best in your smile in just about an hour.

Periodontal Disease
Gum disease has the potential to lead to serious health problems. Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment for periodontal disease are essential to maintaining good oral health – and overall health.

CEREC Crowns
CEREC crowns – also known as same-day crowns – are available at Elite Family Dental Care. Using computer assisted design (CAD) and manufacturing (CAM), your permanent crown can be made while you wait, eliminating the need for multiple visits to restore a damaged tooth.

Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer screenings are included in our preventative dental care. At your bi-annual checkup, you will be screened for any warning signs. Our digital imaging technologies also allow for the identification of symptoms beneath the surface of the mouth, cheeks, and gums.

Emergency Dentistry
Emergency dental services are available for patients who experience a loose crown, knocked-out tooth, or trauma to the teeth and jaws.

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