Oral Systemic Health

The health of your mouth effects more than your teeth, gums, and tongue. The mouth is often referred to as “the window to the body,” and it’s for good reason. Your oral health impacts your overall health and wellbeing. This connection is called oral systemic health, and Waco dentist Dr. Locke provides his patients with oral systemic care.

Each time we see you in our central Texas dental office, we take an interest in more than just your smile. At your appointments, we’ll address the problem that brought you to our Woodway dental office, but we’ll also determine the cause of the problem, which may or may not have anything to do with your teeth. For example, a toothache may just be a toothache, but it also might be caused by periodontal disease, a cavity, an infected tooth root, bruxism, TMJ dysfunction, or sinus pressure.

Additionally, oral systemic dentistry focuses on prevention. Quality oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings and checkups are the best things you can do to set the foundation for lifelong dental health. For example, bi-annual appointments with Dr. Locke will protect you from the onset of periodontal disease. Early detection is key to preventing this debilitating infection. As an oral systemic dentist, Dr. Locke addresses the problem now while preventing future health problems, including an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, certain cancers, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, all of which have been linked to periodontal disease. It has been proven time and time again that your oral and overall health are closely intertwined. That’s why we try to educate our patients about various ways to lead healthy lives. We will work with your general physician and healthcare team to help you and your family achieve optimal health and lead high quality lives.

Waco general and family dentist Dr. Corbet Locke provides quality preventive and oral maintenance care at his dental office, conveniently located in Central Texas, near Hewitt and Woodway.

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