Dr. Joseph Costa provides general dental services to patients of all ages in Worcester, MA. He is a family dentist who ensures a high care standard for all his patients. Through routine dental exams and preventative dentistry, Dr. Costa helps to keep your family’s smiles healthy and beautiful.
Our family dental practice provides high-quality dentistry to patients of all ages. From 3 to 93, our team has the training and skill to provide appropriate care for growing and aging smiles. In the best-case scenario, dentistry is preventive and not reactive. We recommend that patients visit the dentist every six months for a routine exam and professional teeth cleaning. Routine dental care helps prevent minor dental concerns from developing into more complex issues.
General Dentistry in Worcester, MA
Healthy smiles are important for chewing and speaking, and good oral health helps protect your body from many systemic diseases. Patients with poor oral hygiene and deteriorating oral wellness are at a higher risk of such diseases as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
General dental services include:
- Crooked Teeth Treatment
- Dental Fillings
- Emergency Dentistry
- Family Dentistry
- Replacing Missing Teeth
- Root Canals
- Sports Mouthguards
- Tooth Pain
- Preventive Care
- Tooth Extractions
Routine Dental Care And Disease Prevention
“The mouth is a portal into the rest of the body,” according to Dr. Donald Ratcliffe, chairman of the department of dental medicine at Staten Island University Hospital in New York.
Research consistently shows a relationship between bacteria and inflammation in the mouth and other diseases throughout the body. Oral problems can often be symptoms of diseases and have been linked to an increase in the severity or risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, premature births, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Dr. Costa emphasizes routine dental care’s importance and its role in disease prevention. A couple of visits a year to our Worcester, MA, dentist office can save both time and money down the road in both dental and overall health care.
Those with gum disease have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Doctors are unsure of the reason for the link between the two diseases – gum disease increases inflammation in the body, which can be a risk factor for heart disease. Bacteria from the mouth can also travel in the bloodstream and contribute to heart disease. Smoking, old age, and diabetes contribute to both gum disease and heart disease, which may explain their linked relationship.
Diabetes changes blood vessels and impairs blood flow. It can weaken the gums, leaving them susceptible to infection. It also increases blood sugar levels, which, if not managed properly, encourages bacteria growth in the mouth. A study found that dentists could identify patients with diabetes 73% of the time based on the condition of their teeth and gums, especially if teeth have been lost.
Hormone levels during pregnancy can cause gum infections and gum disease or inflammation in the mouth, leading to early labor and the risk of premature, low-weight babies. A study found that women with gum disease are four to seven times more likely to give birth before week 37.
Practicing good oral habits and visiting your Worcester, MA, dentist at least twice a year is important for your mouth and other body parts. We work with patients who have been away from the dentist due to fear and dental anxiety, helping them restore a healthy smile.
Schedule a General Dentistry Appointment
Taking care of your teeth and gums can help you stay healthy and allow you to enjoy a beautiful, confident smile. Visiting the dentist at least twice a year allows for early intervention and diagnosis of any treatable dental concerns. If you are interested in learning more about our general dentistry services or other solutions, please call us at 508-755-1980, or schedule an appointment online. Our office is conveniently located on Park Street.