Oral Biofilm is a name created by a team of dentists and medical professionals that have been leading the Oral-Systemic Health (OSH) movement advocating for the greater collaboration between dentists and medical practitioners due to the increasing links research has found between oral health and a large number of chronic and serious diseases.  Oral Biofilm is the bacteria buildup from periodontal disease that enters the bloodstream through the mouth that, left untreated, can cause havoc within the body.

The first studies of public significance linked gum disease – gingivitis and periodontitis – to increased risks for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and hypertension.  As researchers delve deeper into correlations between specific bacteria and specific illnesses, additional links have been found to cancer of the pancreas and kidneys, dementia, Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis and a number of other autoimmune conditions.

The bacteria found in the sufferers of these illnesses was also found in the Oral Biofilm built up in the pockets between diseased gum and teeth.  At this point in time, OSH has not yet determined which factor is cause and which is effect, but it is believed that better periodontal care coupled with greater collaboration between dentists and patients’ primary care physicians could help us see an overall decrease in the prevalence of these chronic illnesses.

Dr. Leix offers dental hygiene services to help prevent the start and spread of gum disease.  To schedule an appointment, contact our office at (815) 455-8186.

When people read or hear the words “cosmetic dentistry,” visions of teeth whitening may be the first thought that springs to mind, but many cosmetic procedures that restore cracked teeth, blemished tooth surfaces and uneven teeth can actually prolong the overall health of teeth above and beyond the cosmetic improvement.  At Leix Dental, we offer bonding, white fillings, crowns, and veneers that can prevent further damage to teeth.

Each of these procedures is designed to slow or stop the spread of damage from cracks, cavities, or teeth grinding by scaling and resurfacing the damaged area and covering it with a porcelain or composite resin.  The bond between the damaged tooth and its restored surface strengthens the tooth, helping prevent further cracking and tooth decay.

Additionally, we find that patients who have invested in improving their smile with these cosmetic solutions have a greater commitment to maintaining their improved smile with a renewed commitment to regular brushing, flossing and regular professional cleanings.

To schedule a consultation to determine if one of these options is right for you, contact our office at 815-455-8166.

Most people don’t know how many strains of bacteria can live in a person’s mouth.  Would it surprise you to learn that the number is more than seven hundred kinds of bacteria?   Some of these bacteria do good work but some can be quite damaging to your health if a person’s mouth becomes an environment where they can thrive.

Your teeth and gums are the first line of natural defense against these bacteria entering your body.  This puts an even greater emphasis on your dental and periodontal health.  Sure, it’s important to have regular professional cleanings but there is more you can do that can have a positive impact on your overall health.

There is an oral-systemic link between your oral health and the health of your entire body.  Your circulatory system connects your mouth to the rest of your body’s systems, allowing potential infections and inflammations access to your other vital systems.  This is why periodontal disease or disease of the gums is connected to risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and other diseases. 

Bacteria can thrive in your mouth and enter your circulation system through damaged teeth and gums.  Keeping your mouth’s natural defenses strong and healthy is one part of this protection.  Another part is choosing a dentist like Dr. Leix who is educated in the oral systemic link.  Part of Dr. Leix‘s approach to treatment is to address the dangerous bacteria and eliminate it along with keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Are you ready to start protecting your overall health through your dental care?  Please contact us at (815) 455-8186 for an appointment to discuss the oral-systemic link.





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