Massachusetts Dentists’ Total Health Approach Addresses General Health Concerns of Patients

Dental health

Massachusetts Dentists’ Total Health Approach Addresses General Health Concerns of Patients

Dental health concerns among patients are rising thanks to the recent reports that suggest direct relationships between oral health and general health.

Recent study from American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) has revealed that 93 percent of people with gum disease are at risk for diabetes though the claim is refuted by American Dental Association (ADA). Additionally, the research also found that gum disease can heighten the risk of cancer and blood clots. These findings highlight the importance of a thorough dental checkup with a greater focus on overall health of the patient.

New England Dental Group, a Marlborough
cosmetic dentistry practice, has stepped up their service by delivering comprehensive dental care to help patients reduce the likelihood of the development of life threatening diseases. Doctors at the clinic evaluate not only the oral health of each patient, but the dental connection to other conditions such as heart disease, gum disease and diabetes.

The development of bacteria in the mouth can lead to more serious health risks such as blood clots, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, or even heart attack. According to a study published in Harvard Heart Letter in February 2007, in people with periodontitis, chewing and toothbrushing release bacteria into the bloodstream. Several species of bacteria that cause periodontitis have been found in the atherosclerotic plaque in arteries in the heart and elsewhere. This plaque can lead to heart attack.

The dental practice focuses on identifying early signs of these diseases through comprehensive diagnostic exams before the condition worsens. The ‘total health approach’ also includes reviewing patients' health history, which can provide a better understanding of how to help patients improve their oral hygiene.

New England Dental group specializes in cosmetic, restorative and general dentistry procedures such as dental implants, porcelain veneers, Invisalign and root canal therapy. The practice has two locations, one in Southborough, MA located at 257 Turnpike Road, Suite 330, and one in Marlborough, MA located at 661C Boston Post Road East.

ADA, however, refutes the claim that there is direct link between gum disease and heart disease. According to ADA, although some of the researches show that gum disease is associated with several health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes; just because two conditions are associated with each other does not mean that one causes the other.
September 12, 2012