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Your oral health and the state of your body are closely related. In fact, you could even look at them as a team, working together. Keeping your teeth and gums in their best shape will benefit the rest of your system too.

Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes & Dementia

  • There has been a correlation with people who have moderate to advanced gum disease also having heart disease and stroke than for people with healthy gums.
  • Patients with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease or other problems in the mouth.
  • The bacteria in gum disease—or porphyromonas gingivalis—has been found in the brains of patients who also had dementia. It is possible that it might be easier for this bacteria to make its way to the brains of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Dementia has been linked to inflammation in the body including inflammation from poor dental health.

Professional dental cleanings are not a stand-alone preventative. They work together with your day-to-day oral health habits to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. In fact, daily brushing and flossing removes oral bacteria and oral debris to create a healthy foundation for teeth and gums. This oral debris, if not removed daily, develops into a sticky film, or “plaque” hardens into tartar. Once plaque mineralizes into tartar (or calculus), it will take a professional dental cleaning to remove using special scaling tools designed for this task.

To keep your mouth free from tooth decay and gum disease, we are happy to team up with you in your daily at-home care by providing periodic dental cleanings. Together we can help you have a healthier smile and a healthier body. To make your smile and health a priority today, we invite you to give our office a call to schedule a cleaning with Dr. Bennett R. Shanker, please call our Shanker Dental team in Bridgeton, New Jersey at 856-455-1183!