La Costa Dental Excellence
Did you know the mouth is a window into the health of the body? It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Researchers have also found that periodontitis (the advanced form of periodontal disease that can cause tooth loss) is linked with other health problems like cardiovascular disease, stroke, and bacterial pneumonia. Managing dental health is especially important for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, as the changing hormone levels that occur with pregnancy can exacerbate some dental problems.
As such, dentists and doctors encourage their patients to view proper dental care as an integral component of maintaining overall wellness. And with that framework at the forefront of everything they do, Dr. Stephen Dankworth and Dr. Kimberly Corrigan-Dankworth, owners of La Costa Dental Excellence, have been helping the people of Carlsbad and beyond live their healthiest lives complete with their best, most beautiful smiles for over 20 years.
Asked to sum up what made La Costa Dental Excellence so special, they say, “We are masters in the art of dentistry. When we are at work, it feels like play and we pursue excellence in everything we do…we use the best products and technology available and challenge ourselves to always learn from the best.” But they didn’t begin as masters; their journeys into dentistry began early.
Dr. Kim was inspired by having “the sweetest dentist growing up” who encouraged her to follow in his footsteps. Dr. Stephen mentions his interest in dentistry began when, “I had a terrible bicycle accident when I was young and had many appointments to fix my teeth.” Continually inspired to develop their craft, the Dankworths practice ongoing learning; as fellows at symposiums as well as members of multiple associations which allow them to stay abreast of the latest information and advances.
Dentistry is a field that keeps evolving and in the last few decades alone, the Carlsbad based dentists have started utilizing advances like digital imaging and in office CBCT scans, vastly improved porcelain that is more beautiful and stronger than ever, braces that can be comprised of clear plastic instead of rigid metal wire, advanced topical rinses that can change the pH (measure of acidity or alkalinity) of the mouth to better protect patients from decay and gum disease, and most importantly, ever advancing considerations for how the “mouth-body” connection contributes to overall health.
When asked what patients need to do everyday, they share, “Do everything you can to keep your smile healthy, and smile a lot, it makes for good living!”