Your health is the most precious thing you possess, and your dental health is integral to your overall health. This holiday season, give yourself the gift of great dental health! At Affinity Dental of La Mesa, we are here to be your partners in your oral health. Visit us for regular cleanings and check-ups, and we will help you take good care of your dental health this year. 

There is a direct connection between your oral health and overall health, so in order to care for your overall well-being it is incredibly important that you practice good dental hygiene. At Affinity Dental of La Mesa, we show our patients how to achieve and maintain a healthy mouth through best dental hygiene practices. We also offer the latest in dental technology, including laser therapy, to help our patients maintain optimal oral health. 

Regular brushing, flossing, and dental care visits are critical for eliminating dental plaque. Dental plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on and around your teeth, accumulating in pockets in the gums that surround the teeth. If allowed to proliferate, this bacteria can cause oral disease as well as additional health complications for your overall health.

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, can result when this bacteria multiplies in the pockets between the teeth and gums. In the early stages, called gingivitis, gums become red, swollen, and inflamed, and may bleed easily. This early stage is often relatively painless, and commonly goes unnoticed. However, if left untreated, gingivitis will advance into gum disease (periodontitis). Periodontitis occurs when the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, forming deepened spaces or pockets where more plaque collects, and bacteria multiplies. If the bacteria is not constantly destroyed, it will eventually cause the bone around your teeth to degenerate and be destroyed, resulting in the loss of the bone that supports the teeth and eventually the loss of the teeth themselves. 

Scientific research has shown that when these oral pathogens are allowed to proliferate in the mouth they can seep into the bloodstream and cause problems in other parts of the body. Cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes have all been linked to the proliferation of oral pathogens. Thus, in order to maintain optimal overall health, it is imperative that we do all we can to reasonably reduce or eliminate these oral pathogens. 

Good personal oral hygiene practices, including twice-daily brushing and daily flossing, are critical for maintaining oral health. However, professional dental care is also necessary, including semi-annual cleanings and dental check-ups. By visiting the dentist twice a year, you can keep plaque and oral pathogens in check, and catch any oral health issues early. At Affinity Dental, we offer a comfortable, family-friendly environment where foundational dental care and your overall health is our top priority. 

Affinity Dental of La Mesa is committed to providing our patients with the newest dental technology and treatment advances in order to maintain optimal oral health. This includes laser treatment/therapy, which utilizes highly effective, non-invasive, painless lasers. When focused into the pockets that surround the teeth, these lasers effectively destroy the bacteria and decontaminate the entire area, a process which normally only takes about 5-10 minutes and can be completed during a routine dental care visit. Through laser treatment, as well as standard cleanings, Woodside can help you take the best care of your mouth.

At Affinity Dental of La Mesa, we are here to be partners in your oral health, so you can maintain optimal overall health. Through best dental hygiene practices, and the latest in dental technology including laser therapy, we will help you achieve and maintain a healthy mouth. This holiday season, give yourself the gift of great dental health! Call 619-697-2800 or visit https://affinitydentaloflamesa.com to learn more about Affinity Dental and the dentistry services we offer. Click here to book an appointment with Affinity Dental of La Mesa today!