Can Dental Care Benefit Heart Health?

Jun 24, 2016 @ 09:00 AM — by Sharon B. Mateja, D.D.S.

Women with healthy, attractive smilesIt is no secret that quality dental care preserves strong, healthy teeth. But many do not realize that the benefits of professional dental care extend beyond the mouth. Within the past several years, there have been multiple studies that show a link between dental care and heart health. General dentistry services such as dental exams and cleanings are the foundation of dental care and are the key to preventing the oral health problems that have been directly linked to heart disease and heart attack. Similarly, restorative dentistry services and periodontal care treat the dental complications that are linked with poor heart health and, therefore, benefit oral and general physical health. Dr. Sharon B. Mateja understands the importance of the link between dental care and heart health and offers her Rancho Cucamonga, CA patients a full range of dental services that promote a healthy smile and body.

How Are Dental Care and Heart Health Linked?

Brushing and flossing are obviously good for the teeth, but what does that have to do with the heart? Studies have shown that there is actually a direct link between oral health and heart health. Findings in multiple studies show that, as oral health is compromised, the risk of heart disease and heart attack rises. In addition, findings indicate that patients already suffering from heart disease are more likely to develop oral health problems, specifically gum disease. While there is no clear reason for the connection between oral and heart health, the evidence is enough to show that professional dental care is vital to preserving a strong, healthy smile that will also minimize the risk of heart complications.

Dental Care for Heart Health

The simplest way to avoid an increased risk of heart disease due to poor oral health is to preserve a healthy smile. When it comes to the maintenance of good oral health, professional dental care is a patient’s greatest asset. At Dr. Mateja’s dental practice, she offers a full range of dental services that are beneficial in preventing and treating the oral complications that have been linked to heart health, including general dental care, restorative dental care, and periodontal care.

  • General dentistry services: General dentistry services are also known as preventative treatments. These services, which include regular dental exams and cleanings, are the cornerstone of professional dentistry. The goal of general dental care is to keep the teeth and gums clean and healthy so that oral health problems and dental complications never develop. For these services to be effective, patients should schedule routine cleanings and exams at least once every six months.
  • Restorative dentistry services: Even with the best efforts, it is not unusual for minor dental problems to develop. The key to preventing these problems from advancing to more serious complications is to treat them as early as possible. Dr. Mateja offers a range of restorative dentistry treatments that repair dental problems such as decay and erosion, strengthen the teeth, and prevent the need for more extensive treatment.
  • Periodontal care: While restorative treatments focus on the teeth, periodontal treatments focus on the gums. Bacteria, plaque, and tartar can compromise the health of the gums and cause these tissues to become inflamed and infected. Since gum disease has the most direct link to heart disease, it is especially important to treat this condition to restore oral health and prevent an increased risk of heart attack. Dr. Mateja provides the periodontal care her patients need to treat infection and restore healthy gum tissue.

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Under the professional care of Dr. Sharon B. Mateja, patients can maintain the healthy, beautiful smile they desire and prevent unwanted dental complications. If you are looking for an experienced and caring dentist to provide the dental services you need to preserve good oral health, contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about our dental practice.

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