August 14, 2016
Your teeth and gums do not stand isolated from the rest of your bodily systems. Of course, facial appearance, speech and eating depend on your oral health, but did you know that your overall health takes cues from your mouth, too? Dr. Steven Kendrick, dentist in Midwest City, believes general dental services, including preventive dentistry, keep all of you robust and hearty. Learn more about the mouth/body connection from the professionals at Midwest Dental Center. (more…)
September 8, 2015
If you’ve got a cavity, there’s no way around it — it’s got to be filled. Leaving tooth decay untreated leads to even more serious problems down the road, like root canals or teeth that need to be pulled. There’s no way around it: the simplest way to deal with decay is to face it now, and get a filling.
You don’t have an option in getting a filling, but you do have options in what the filling is made out of. These days, you don’t have to fill your mouth with silver and gold — and we want you to know that you shouldn’t. At Midwest Dental Center, we use composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, to give you a high-quality fix that looks just like your natural tooth.
September 3, 2015
Maybe you know Dr. Kendrick as your own trusted dentist in Midway City — but did you know he’s an expert in little smiles, too? That’s right. Dr. Kendrick knows how crucial good dental care is for Oklahomans of all ages, and that’s why he begins seeing little patients at the age of two or three, once all of their primary teeth have erupted. That may seem a little young for a trip to the dentist, but tooth decay can begin with your child’s very first tooth.
May 17, 2015
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), approximately half of Americans over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. That’s a staggering 64.7 million men and women with a chronic infection of the gums, a problem that has been linked with a variety of other serious health concerns. At Midwest Dental Center in Midwest City, OK, Dr. Steven Kendrick and his team offer a comprehensive menu of general and preventive dentistry services, including gum disease therapy.
What’s the Link between Gum Health & Overall Wellness?
When your gums are infected, the bacteria that thrive beneath the gum line are capable of spreading throughout the body via the bloodstream. When this occurs, other tissues and organs in your body are put at an increased risk of disease. In fact, multiple studies and extensive research have shown that untreated periodontal disease contributes the following health concerns:
- Coronary artery disease
- Cancers of the blood and pancreas
- Chronic kidney disease
- Malnutrition due to tooth loss and inability to eat a balanced diet
- Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis
- Respiratory diseases, including pneumonia
- Complications in the treatment of diabetes
- Preterm birth and low birth weight in infants whose mothers have gum disease during pregnancy
- Heart attack
- Alzheimer’s disease
Fortunately, gum disease therapy can help to dramatically reduce your chances of developing these and other serious medical concerns. When it comes to gum disease, prevention is always best; if, however, your gums do succumb to infection, our team is here to help.
Schedule Your Visit Today
Have you noticed any of the telltale signs of gum disease, including sensitivity, gum recession, and bleeding when you brush or floss? If so, there’s never been a better time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kendrick and his caring, experienced team. Contact us today to learn more about gum disease therapy and how it may reduce your risk of potentially life-threatening health conditions. Our family-friendly dental practice proudly serves patients from throughout Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Del City, Choctaw, and beyond.