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The ADA Announces a New Definition of Oral Health

February 28, 2017
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Posted By: Keledjian Dental
Family Dentist in Madera CA

We have noticed that patients often tend to separate their ideas about overall health and oral health. For example, bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth may not seem like a big deal, but what if your arm started to bleed when you scratched it? This would cause a serious concern!

Your gums are no different. Bleeding is a sign that something is wrong.

New Definition of Oral Health

Dr. Jason Keledjian has been explaining the importance of oral health as part of your overall health since he started out as a dentist. Now the American Dental Association has actually changed the definition of oral health to include this more comprehensive and modern approach.

The previous definition of oral health only included being free of disease. The new definition expands this limited definition to include being able to use your mouth to perform functions including senses, such as taste and smell. It also includes being able to smile, laugh, and show a range of facial expressions. Another important aspect of the new definition includes how a patient feels – in other words, being free from pain.

This is a big shift from the previous definition and one that is long overdue because, as humans, we use our faces and smiles in many ways other than just eating and speaking – although those are extremely important! You can convey friendship, warmth, love, deviousness, and joy. A smile extends to cultures across the world – bridging boundaries created by language and geography.

This new definition is more in line with the practice philosophy at Keledjian Dental, where we recognize the assets that a comfortable, healthy, and beautiful smile can help our patients attain in their day-to-day lives.

Contact Keledjian Dental 

If you are searching for a family dentist in Madera, CA who focuses on oral health as an important aspect of full body and emotional health, contact us. We welcome new patients and look forward to helping you feel great when you smile.

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