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Oral Systemic Care – Cortlandt, NY

Good Oral Health Leads to a Higher Quality of Life

Closeup of smile during dental exam Did you know that the presence of dental disease can have a negative effect on your overall wellbeing? This is called the oral systemic connection. It’s important that the general dentist you choose to provide your care is able to diagnose and evaluate both your risk factors and the health conditions that relate to the mouth. Dr. Taxin is a member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health and a fellow of the Las Vegas Institute, bringing together education, training, and experience to create total dental health for Cortlandt patients.

General Dentistry for Total Wellness

Closeup of patient receiving dental exam

As the general dentist Cortlandt trusts, Dr. Taxin offers preventive care designed to monitor your current situation and support optimal oral health. Regular exams and thorough home care will ensure that you enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles. We provide you with all the information about your current dental health and educate you about your options for any necessary treatments. We feel an informed patient is better able to make good decisions about his or her oral health.

We begin with a complete evaluation of your teeth and gums. Once Cortlandt family dentist Dr. Taxin develops a picture of your overall dental health, he will recommend a plan to correct any problems and preserve your smile. In particular, Dr. Taxin and his staff of dental hygienists will be on the lookout for the signs of gum disease, a bacterial infection that affects some 80% percent of adults in the United States.

At the onset, gum disease—called gingivitis at this point—is marked by outward signs of red and swollen gum tissue that may bleed when brushed. Left untreated, gingivitis progresses periodontitis, an advanced stage that can cause significant damage, including enlarged gum pockets, bad breath, loose teeth, and ultimately tooth loss. In fact, gingivitis and periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.

But the problems of periodontitis don’t stop in your mouth. The same bacteria that cause gum disease can migrate to other parts of your body, causing illness; this is the oral-systemic connection. Negative health conditions that have been linked to gum disease include strokes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, dementia, respiratory illnesses, osteoporosis, and pregnancy complications, such as low birth weight in newborn infants.

For our pediatric patients, Dr. Taxin may suggest dental sealants, which are thin plastic coatings that cover the grooves of your children’s teeth. Dental sealants protect teeth from decay by covering hard-to-reach areas. Another recommendation may be fluoride treatments, which strengthen a child’s tooth enamel, the first line of defense against decay-causing bacteria.