Dentists Do More Than Fix Teeth

Dentists Do More Than Fix Teeth

Your dentist evaluates more than your oral health

You may go in for fillings, cleanings, root canals or other restorative and cosmetic treatment, but they’re monitoring more than the status of your teeth.

Your dentist is one of the only healthcare professionals with a clear “window” into your overall health. In our office, we take that very seriously. What does that look like for you?

We record blood pressure for all adult patients

Most patients either don’t have a family doctor or don’t visit theirs for yearly examinations.

In the past, we have recorded significantly high blood pressure for numerous patients who haven’t been diagnosed or medicated. Once these patients brought our findings to their doctor, they were placed on high blood pressure medication.

Undiagnosed high blood pressure can put you at higher risk of having a heart attack due to your heart having to work too hard to pump blood around your body.

We check for signs of acid reflux

When you make an appointment with us, we look at the palate side of your upper teeth and/or the biting surfaces of your back teeth.

We have treated patients who, after our recommendation, visited their doctor and were given medication to treat GERD (Gastric-Esophogeal Reflux Disease) that led to an improvement in their symptoms. One patient even reported sleeping better because their acid reflux wasn’t keeping them up at night.

Left untreated, GERD can put you at risk of developing esophageal cancer.

We screen for signs of sleep apnea and other sleep disorders

You may not think of dentists being able to screen for sleep disorders like sleep apnea or UARS, but your dentist can be a great starting point in helping you get the help you need.

If you think you have an undiagnosed sleep disorder, we can help by giving you a home-monitor for sleep study or refer you to standard sleep studies. Many patients who have come to us have been given a CPAP device or other dental appliances, or even undergone surgery or orthodontic treatment to treat sleep apnea.

There are many symptoms of sleep disorders, including:

  • Snoring
  • Gasping
  • Choking
  • Restless sleep
  • Sleep-talking
  • Sleepwalking

All of these should be evaluated by your doctor. If your sleep quality is poor, your body cannot heal itself, leaving you more susceptible to medical problems like heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

We evaluate your posture and facial symmetry

You’ve probably been told to stand up straight or to quit slouching your whole life, but when your dentist points out your posture, they’re doing it for more than aesthetic purposes.

If you have forward head posture, this indicates poor airway and a visit with an ENT (ear, nose, and throat doctor) should be in your near future. Poor overall body posture prevents you from proper body balance and opens you up to long term aches, pains, and strain on your spine. If we notice any of these things, we will suggest you visit a chiropractor and/or physiotherapist.

We treat head and neck pain that’s not specifically related to your teeth

While we practice “regular dentistry,” we can also help treat your head and neck pain that you may not think is related to your teeth. In a lot of cases, your bite, or the unevenness of it, is the culprit in your pain.

Modern technology allows us to find the source of the imbalance and correct it to relieve years of pain. If you’ve been taking daily pain medications, you may be able to stop taking them with the treatment we provide. Some patients have been stable and pain-free for more than five years.

Your dentist should care about your overall health

If they don’t, it may be time to find a new one.

When you book an appointment with Dr. Andrea Stevens, you’ll be given the care you deserve to make sure that the rest of you is as healthy as your mouth.