An important component of smile design and an overall healthy mouth is to insure that the mouth's mechanical system is functioning in optimum condition. Therefore it's important for your dentist to identify any and all factors that are capable of contributing to the deterioration of oral health or function. Failure to identify any of these factors can only lead to complications in the long run, since any dental disorder is, in all likelihood, a progressive disorder that will surely lead to additional problem if not detected and addressed in timely manner. What's more, failure to identify these factors is also a fool proof indicator that your dentist does not follow the basic principles of complete dentistry, which are composed of seven objectives that have been designed to optimise each patients care:

1. Insure each patient is free from disease-
Before all else, a complete dentist must insure your masticatory system is free from any type of disease, including periodontal disease ,cavities and occlusal (bite) disease, and while most of us can likely identify with the first two diseases due to there obvious symptoms, particularly pain and swelling, a greater number of people are probably not familiar with later . That's because occlusal disease is not so obvious to the casual observer. Excessive wear, sensitive, cracked, chipped or loose teeth, headache and muscle pain can all be attributed to occlusal disease. 

2. Check for maintainably healthy periodontium-
The tissue that surrounds and support the teeth are are collectively know as periodontium. Their main function is to support, protect and provide nourishment to teeth. These tissues can become broken down by chronic bacterial infections that can attack the gum and and bone supporting the teeth, causing the tooth to loose their protective barrier and be exposed to plaque that can spread and grow beneath the gum line. When this happens, the tooth are in essence broken down and get destroyed by the infection. If not treated, the disease will continue to manifest, destroying more teeth and bones as a result- which is why no complete dentist will ever forgo the importance of your periodontal health. 

3. Confirm the stability of TMJ-
Located in front of the ear on either side of the head where the upper jaw and lower jaw meets, the TMJ is the most overworked joints in the body. This complex joint, which consists of muscles, tendons and bone, is used hundreds of times per day to bite, chew yawn and talk. Many people are able to perform these functions without any discomforts, however a great number of people are not. Symptoms of damaged jaw joint may include popping, clicking and grating sounds associated with jaw movement, pain when chewing and worn down surfaces of teeth. Over time, these symptoms may all contribute to more serious problems, so it's important for a complete dentist to address any TMJ issues as soon as possible. Whether you require occlusal therapy to adjust your bite or dental therapy to correct the placement of your teeth, a thorough examination by a complete dentist will provide you with the best treatment options. 

4. Confirm the stability of occlusion-
Since the placement of teeth and jaws can have such a profound impact on overall health, it's important for complete dentist to find an occlusion or bite, where patients will achieve long term stability. In other words, complete dentist are focused on providing you with a bite that will no longer cause any wear or chipping on your teeth or damage your TMJ. Before any treatment plan begins, your dentist must first stabilise your bite to eliminate any damage to your gums, teeth and bones from abnormal biting forces. By doing so, both the function and longevity of bite will be optimised.

5. Make sure teeth are maintainably healthy-
When it comes to your teeth, you want to be sure they remain as healthy and attractive as possible and no one understand this concern more than a complete dentist. Having considered the natural form and function of your masticatory system as well as the impact that the form and function can have on your teeth, a complete dentist will also examine your teeth to insure they are free from wear, cracks, inadequate restorations and splits. Regardless of how often you brush your teeth, bacteria can still be present, particularly if you eat or drink food that is high in starch and sugars. A complete dentist will help ensure that you minimise the amount of cavity causing bacteria in your mouth that can break down the enamel in your teeth and cause damage .

6. Check for comfortable function of the mouth-
The fundamental principles of complete dentistry lies in the belief that all parts of mouth, including teeth, muscles, joints and tendons, must all work together to provide optimal comfort and functioning. If any one part of the mouth is not functioning properly, the whole mouth will suffer as a result. If you suffer from headaches, joint pain, sensitive teeth when chewing, receding or bleeding gums, ear pain, a complete dentist will work to address the underlying cause of the pain and provide you with total comfort in your mouth. 

7. Providing optimum esthetics -
People are concerned about the appearance of their teeth than ever before. But with this renewed interest must come an understanding that a better smile must be first achieved through better function. Despite the fact that many patients want a quick fix for their esthetic problems, obtaining crowns or veneers that interfere the normal function of your mouth will only cause you problems in the long run. That's why a complete dentist must first complete the first six aforementioned objectives before beginning any type of esthetic enhancement. After all you and your dentist should alway follow the golden rule of esthetics:
There should be no short cuts. 

Do take good care of yourself and keep faith!