Healthy Smiles Dental at Woods Edge Plaza | 144 S. Centerville Rd. at Columbia Ave., Lancaster, PA
Dr. Matthew Kingston, the dentist at Healthy Smiles Dental, is concerned about your overall health, too. Specifically he is concerned about how the health of your teeth and gums affects your systemic health. And this is for good reason. Research shows that your dentist may be one of the most important health care providers you see on a regular basis.
A lot has been written over the past several years about the connection between the health of your gums and your heart. Recent studies have shown that people with periodontal disease (gum disease) are at up to a 70% higher risk to develop heart disease. If you have gum disease you are 2.7 times more likely to have a heart attack than someone with healthy gums.
But the systemic effects of gum disease don't stop in your heart. Numerous types of cancers are now being linked to periodontal disease. The statistics are somewhat startling. Periodontal disease creates a:
Gum disease also has an effect on other systems of our body, including:
But there is good news! Periodontal disease is easy to diagnose and, in most cases, can be treated and controlled. At Healthy Smiles Dental, each patient receives a comprehensive exam that evaluates both the teeth and gums. Digital X-rays are taken to evaluate the health of teeth and supporting jaw bone structure. We check all the oral tissues for health and perform a complimentary oral cancer screening. If we diagnose areas of gum disease, we create a proactive plan of treatment. And most treatment can be done right in our office without surgery.
Symptoms of gum disease can include bleeding gums when you brush or floss, a foul taste or smell, pain or soreness in the gum tissue, and gingival recession. However, the best way to diagnose periodontal disease is by seeing a dentist.
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Address: 144 S. Centerville Road, Lancaster PA 17603 | Tel: 717.945.7440 Fax: 717-431-9731 | e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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