Happy New Year!

By now we’re sure you’ve all determined a New Years’ resolution and are newly
resolutioncommitted to eating a healthier diet, exercising more often and spending more time doing activities that you love. In order to maintain overall health it is extremely important to maintain good oral health. Studies have found that poor oral health is directly associated with a variety of more serious health concerns, such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, breast cancer, diabetes and auto-immune disorders.

Until recently, scientists weren’t sure whether these serious health issues were simply more common among individuals with poor dental health or if they were directly correlated. However, we now know that symptoms such as inflammation, bacteria and periodontal disease can lead to thickening of the arteries, increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

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As always, to maintain proper oral hygiene you should try to eat a balanced diet, brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, floss at least once a day and visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and oral exam. If you are having discomfort or are noticing new symptoms between dental appointments, please don’t hesitate to call us, 239.939.5556. The symptoms that we would be most concerned about are the following: persistent bad breath, tooth pain or increased sensitivity to hot or cold, puffy gums, bleeding gums, receding gums, white spots on your teeth, loose teeth or changes to your bite.