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March 17, 2014  | by Marla

It's Not Just a Cleaning

Regular dental cleanings, with an exam, can do more than keep your smile attractive. Recent research suggests that the health of your mouth mirrors the condition of your body as a whole. When your mouth is healthy, chances are your overall health is good, too. On the other hand, if you have poor oral health, you may have other health problems.

Research also shows that good oral health may actually prevent certain diseases from occurring.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, there is a relationship between gum (periodontal) disease and health complications such as a stroke and heart disease. Women with gum disease also show higher incidences of pre-term, low birth-weight babies.

Other research shows that more than 90% of all systemic diseases (diseases involving many organs or the whole body) have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and excessive gum problems. Gum disease may contribute to heart disease as bacteria from infected gums can dislodge, enter the bloodstream, attach to blood vessels and increase clot formation. It has been suggested that inflammation caused by gum disease may also trigger clot formation. Clots decrease blood flow to the heart, thereby causing an elevation in blood pressure and increased risk of a heart attack.

As your hygienists, we are committed to providing regular dental cleanings and exams are necessary to remove bacteria, plaque and tartar and detect early signs of gum disease and oral cancer. Good oral health contributes to good overall health.