Dental cleanings aren’t just for your oral health anymore. We are beginning to see how oral health reaches beyond healthy teeth and gums to support your body’s overall health as well. We have always known that regular professional teeth cleanings work alongside your daily oral regimen to result in a healthy smile. And preventing tooth decay and gum disease is an ongoing challenge.
So daily brushing and flossing to remove bacteria in the mouth along with food particles left behind after eating is the foundation for healthy teeth and gums. This oral debris, left unchecked, forms into a sticky film called plaque if not removed and over time, hardens into tartar (or calculus) which your dentist removes by scraping it off with special scaling tools.
Health Conditions Impacted by Oral Health
- Recent studies have shown that people with moderate or advanced gum disease are more likely to have heart disease and stroke than those with healthy gums.
- People with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease or other problems in the mouth.
- The bacteria in gum disease, porphyromonas gingivalis was found in the brains of some patients who also had dementia. It is thought that this bacteria has a higher chance of making its way to the brains of those who have Alzheimer’s.
- Dementia also is linked to inflammation in the body, including poor dental health.
Who would have thought that healthy teeth and gums also means a healthier body! Our team is happy to help keep you free from tooth decay and gum disease and therefore also a healthier you. To schedule a cleaning with Dr. Jon Molinare, please call our Molinare Dental Group team in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey at 973-993-1979 today.