Wellness is a state of being full of vitality and health. Oral wellness is an important step on your journey to total body wellness and can have a profound impact on your quality of life. It begins with prioritizing your oral hygiene practices and routine dental visits, implementing healthy eating habits, and instilling good lifestyle choices from childhood.
At Northbrook dentist, we believe that a holistic approach to your care is the best way to ensure long-term health and wellness. Our goal is to help you maintain a happy, healthy smile that supports the rest of your body. By incorporating these practices, you can avoid chronic diseases that threaten your overall wellbeing.
Whether you are battling a chronic disease or are at risk for developing one, we want to be there to provide support throughout your healthcare journey. Our team includes trained Care Navigation specialists who specialize in connecting you to resources that can assist with managing your condition and supporting your overall well-being. Our services are offered primarily via phone conversations and follow-ups at a frequency that suites each patient. Face to face consultations are also available if needed.
A Medical and Dental Health History Review
Our dental and medical health histories are custom-built by our hygienists to uncover potential risks and trends. They can include a detailed family history, past illnesses, medications, and more. Combined with the clinical notes that your dentist will generate after your exam, these details can give you a greater picture of your health and identify potential connections between systemic diseases and your oral health.
Preventing Dental Injuries
From preventing oral injuries during sports to helping you cope with a dental emergency, our team is here to guide you along your dental wellness journey. We’ll teach you how to protect your teeth and body through proper hygiene, diet, and lifestyle choices that promote whole-body wellness.
A Healthy Gut & Immune System
A strong immune system is crucial for maintaining overall wellness. Our gastrointestinal tract plays a major role in our oral health and can be negatively affected by certain conditions like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and autoimmune disorders. Our hygienists can identify and treat oral signs of these conditions, such as gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Gum Disease and Your Lungs
Did you know that your gums are an important part of your respiratory system? Studies have shown that bacterial infections in the mouth are correlated with inflammation and poor lung function. Fortunately, you can prevent gum disease and protect your lungs by practicing the right hygiene routines.
Stress and Your Oral Health
It is no secret that stress can affect our mental and physical health. However, it’s less commonly known that stress can manifest itself in our oral health as well. In fact, some studies have found a link between gum disease and stress.
With a focus on reducing patient anxiety, Leanne enjoys getting to know each of her patients. She is always available to discuss your insurance coverage or cost of treatment and connect you to resources that can assist with easing financial burdens.