Dental hygiene plays a critical role in maintaining overall health. At The Healing Art of Dentistry, we emphasize the systemic links between oral health and the rest of the body, ensuring that our patients receive comprehensive care.

Saliva Testing: A Gateway to Understanding Your Oral Health

Saliva testing is an innovative tool that Dr. Franziska Dutton and Dr. Daniel Cohen use to assess the health of your mouth. This non-invasive procedure can detect early signs of dental decay, gum disease and even systemic conditions such as diabetes and certain cancers.

By analyzing the composition of your saliva, our dentists and team can tailor personalized treatment plans that not only address dental issues but also help in the prevention of associated systemic diseases.

A Healthy Mouth and Its Effect on the Heart

Recent research underscores the link between oral health and heart disease. Here are several key findings:

  • Inflammation Reduction: A healthy mouth can reduce inflammation throughout the body, including the arteries. Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease due to the spread of bacteria from the mouth to other parts of the body through the bloodstream.
  • Lower Risk of Heart Disease: Regular dental checkups and cleanings at our office can help lower your risk of heart disease. We focus on preventive care that ensures your gums and teeth stay healthy, which can have a positive impact on your heart.

The Systemic Link Between Oral Health and Overall Wellness

Oral health is intricately linked to overall wellness. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of health issues beyond the mouth, including:

  • Diabetes: Individuals with gum disease have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels.
  • Respiratory Diseases: Bacteria in the mouth can be aspirated into the lungs, causing respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, especially in older adults.
  • Pregnancy Complications: Gum disease has been associated with preterm births and low birth weight.

At our practice, strive to educate our patients on how maintaining a healthy mouth can contribute to their overall health. For more information about the importance of dental hygiene in Redding, California, or to schedule a consultation, please call us at 530-241-4134. Our team is dedicated to providing you with the best care possible, emphasizing the importance of dental hygiene as a critical component of your health regimen.