How Does Your Overall Health Affect Your Smile?

Educating Phoenix Dental Patients About Little-Known RisksAt Harris Dental in Phoenix we emphasize the importance of good dental health to each one of our patients, every time one of them sits down for a checkup. We stick to the basics: brush and floss twice a day, and see us for a checkup twice a year. But there’s more to it than that.

Over the years research has demonstrated, time and again, that there is a link between good dental health and good general health.

Here’s a good example: people who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to those who skipped appointments

Here’s another one, and it’s a doozy. Scientists have found a connection between a bacteria that causes gum disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Porphyomonas gingivalis is a bacteria that contributes to chronic periodontitis. The bacteria was discovered in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

Our conclusion? Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, along with regular dental checkups, will not only help to prevent tooth decay, but help to maintain your general health.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix we want the best possible health for all our patients: dental health and general health. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call us to schedule a checkup today!

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