Many people don’t realize there is a direct link between oral health and whole-body health. The word comprehensive means “complete; including all or nearly all elements or aspects of something”. Comprehensive Dentistry is addressed by Dr. James Meyer in four major categories that encompass your whole-body health:
Esthetics – the smile should compliment features; face shape, lips, jaw
Functionality – the bite should be comfortable and properly aligned
Health – oral health issues can be signs of other bodily health concerns or vice versa
Foundation – Building a smile that will give you confidence long term
People notice and admire a great healthy smile. Maintaining oral health with regular hygiene appointments, completing treatment as the doctor recommends, restoring flaws or decay can promote the longevity of natural teeth and bone. The presence of bacteria and decay in the mouth will damage teeth and unchecked bacteria can travel to other parts of the body including the heart.
Did you know that your bite, how the teeth fit together, can damage teeth and may cause headaches? Chewing is a basic function that we do every day and discomfort in the jaw or pain in teeth can really ruin a good meal! Making sure functionality is balanced and in proper alignment is important to a happy mouth.
Dr. Meyer promotes prevention as the place to start for your overall health. Taking care of the basics can reduce cost in the long term by solving small problems; being proactive in your oral health could prevent greater more costly treatments in the future and more serious health issues.
Dr. Meyer has taken the time to further his training beyond the basics that are presented in Dental School. Being trained and experienced in many different dental procedures like crowns, implants, TMJ treatment and having the artistic perspective for cosmetic dentistry to enhance or completely rejuvenate your smile gives him the ability to provide a comprehensive approach to your dental and whole-body health.