Have you ever heard the phrase “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”? That is because in the days that phrase was coined, a horse’s health (and therefore overall value) could be determined by assessing the teeth, gums, tongue and tissue. The human body is similar, because every organ system is interconnected with the rest in such a way that many times one system will act as a messenger for another that is in distress. The mouth can show symptoms of entirely unrelated problems–symptoms which are visible to dentists like us.
When you come in for your regular dental checkup, there are many things we look for. We examine your teeth and note their color, texture and density. We look at the gums, observing their color, firmness and sensitivity. We take note of any unusual odors or colors. We look for any lumps or spots that could indicate a problem. All of these things and more can indicate the health of your mouth and body, giving us clues about conditions which may be just beginning to emerge. If we find anything unusual, we take it very seriously, even if it’s outside the scope of our practice. We are committed to taking care of all of our patients, whatever their needs, and will refer our patients to any doctors or specialists they may need in order to receive the individualized care they deserve.
On the other hand, when teeth are properly taken care of, it can have a positive effect on your overall well-being. Strong teeth support a healthy diet. Healthy gums can actually prevent many different problems such as bone loss and even some cancers. A mouth that is healthy and clean is more appealing and attractive to others, and this in turn contributes to your self-esteem. Confident people are generally more successful in the work environment as well, meaning that good dental hygiene can have far-reaching effects on your entire life.
At Dental Partners of Boston, we take a comprehensive approach to dentistry. We strive to ensure that the overall health of your entire mouth is maintained, so that you can enjoy all of the health benefits that come with a strong, beautiful smile. If you are seeking excellent dentists in Boston, look no further than the Dental Partners of Boston. We are happy to help you achieve the strong, healthy smile you want. Contact us today, and let us help you reach your dental goals.