Don't get us wrong, here at the Visalia dental office of Dr. Bodensteiner, we proudly care for our patients' teeth, offering expert preventive, restorative, and cosmetic treatments! But in today's blog post, we want to discuss how regular exams and teeth cleaning appointments in our office benefit more than just your teeth. Protecting your whole-body health. Regular screenings for periodontal (gum) disease at your Visalia dental office can actually play a part in preserving your systemic health. Recent studies have shown a link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease. So its more important to care for your teeth and gums with regular dental visits than you may have realized! Evaluating structures of the head and neck. Visalia dental care from Dr. Bodensteiner involves thorough exams of the structures of the head and neck, including muscles of the head, neck and jaw, salivary glands, the tongue and other areas. Occasionally dentists will discover abnormal swellings, ulcerations, or lumps which need to be referred to a specialist. While never pleasant news to deliver, it is always preferable to detect such abnormalities sooner, rather than later. Improving our patients' self-confidence! In this exciting era of advancing technology, we at Dr. Bodensteiner's Visalia dental clinic are excited to offer many cosmetic options to improve the appearance of our patients' smiles! Doing so, we are often rewarded by hearing how such bright, vibrant, new smiles improve the patient's self-esteem and open doors to new opportunities. Patient education. Educating our dental patients on the value of excellent oral health care is perhaps the greatest service we provide, and one we take very seriously. We invite you to contact the Visalia dental office of Dr. Michael Bodensteiner today to learn how you can benefit from excellent dental health!