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A healthy smile is your body’s best friend, and not just because of your teeth and gums, although they play a crucial part in your overall health. 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 to benefit not only your teeth and gums but the rest of your system too.

Brushing, Flossing & Dental Cleanings

Professional dental cleanings combine with your day-to-day oral health practice to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. This is where your daily brushing and flossing work their magic, by removing oral bacteria to create a healthy foundation for your mouth. If this oral debris is not removed every day, it quickly develops into a sticky bacterial film, called “plaque”. Plaque that is not removed every day hardens into tartar, and once plaque mineralizes into tartar, it will take a professional dental cleaning to remove. Your dentist uses a special “scaling” instrument to effectively remove this hard substance along the bottom of your teeth and the gumline.

Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes & Dementia

People who have moderate to advanced gum disease also have a higher risk of  heart disease and stroke, more so than people with healthy gums. Also, patients with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease or other oral health problems.

In addition, the bacteria in gum disease, or “porphyromonas gingivalis” has been found in the brains of some people with 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 than a healthy brain.

We are here to work with you by doing what you can’t accomplish at home–professional dental cleanings to make sure everything in your smile is running smoothly. So make your smile and your health a priority today by giving our office a call to schedule a cleaning with one of our dedicated dentists. Dr. Richard Mantoan and Dr. Armand DiBenedetto are both here for you! You can reach our Southland Smiles team in Flossmoor, Illinois at 708-794-4253!