Benefits of Dental Care on Heart Health By James Stein on April 01, 2015

Older male and female with strong, healthy teeth and gumsThere are plenty of good reasons to see the dentist. Some of the reasons that may come to mind is an attractive smile, strong teeth, and a healthy gum line. While all of these are great reasons to seek out regular professional dental care, did you know that by doing so, you may also be protecting your heart? Studies show a conclusive link between oral health and heart health. Through preventative dentistry services that help patients avoid dental complications, and restorative dentistry services that address oral health problems to restore the strength, health, and function of the teeth and gums, Dr. James Stein can provide Boston patients with dentistry services to promote heart health.

Oral Health and Heart Disease

It is common knowledge that good oral health is important to protecting the teeth and gums and preventing complications such as gum disease, root canal infection, and tooth loss. The word is now quickly spreading that good oral health is also important to preventing poor heart health. Studies suggest a general connection between oral health and hearth health, with a specific link being shown between gum disease and heart disease. Whether due to the increased number of bacteria (that may be carried from the mouth through the blood stream), or the inflammation that occurs in the gums of most patients suffering from gum disease, patients who suffer from periodontal disease are at higher risk for the formation of blood clots, and suffering from heart disease or a heart attack. With this knowledge in mind, doctors and dentists want to get the message across to patients that regular dental care is of the utmost importance.

Benefits of Dental Services

Dr. Stein encourages all of his patients to schedule routine dental exams at least twice a year. In cases where patients have shown a propensity to gum disease or other oral health complications, three or four exams a year may be more appropriate. The primary benefits of routine dental care is that it maintains a patient’s oral health, prevents advanced oral health problems, and allows for the early diagnosis and treatment of any dental problems that do arise. By staying on top of a patient’s oral health, we give patients the best shot of keeping a healthy, beautiful smile, one that encourages good overall health and heart health.

Treating Gum Disease

General dentistry services are vital to preventing gum disease. Dr. Stein offers effective treatment for all stages of gum disease. From scaling and root planing to more intensive periodontal treatments, we can help patients combat gum disease in order to eliminate gum disease side effects, encourage the growth of healthy gum tissue, and decrease the risk of heart problems.

Schedule an Appointment

Whether it has been six month since your last dental appointment, or six years, Dr. James Stein can help you take control of your oral health. With our general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services, we can help all patients create a smile that looks as good as it feels. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn more about our comprehensive range of dental care services. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Our dental practice has been trusted by Boston patients for over 30 years. Together, Dr. James M. Stein and Brett E. Stein are members of various renowned organizations, including: 

  • American Dental Association
  • Massachusetts Dental Society
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American College of Prosthodontists

If you are ready to achieve optimal oral and overall health, call our office at (617) 227-6076 or request an appointment online.

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