Watch your heart on Valentine’s Day!

This year is flying by, and Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. When we think of Valentine’s Day, we think of roses, candies, and hearts.  Tying in with those hearts of Valentine’s Day, the American Heart Association has made February American Heart Month.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.  To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Legacy Dental Group is proudly participating in National Heart Month.

Periodontal disease has been found to be directly linked to heart disease, as many studies have shown.  Our own hygienists Jamie and Nancy just attended a seminar that talked about the oral-systemic link, so we wanted to sit down with them, and ask them some questions about it:

Q: What is “oral systemic health”?

A:  Oral systemic health is the connection between oral health, and overall health.  Countless studies have demonstrated a link between poor oral health and systemic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and even pregnancy problems.


Q: Is “bad breath” a sign of gum disease?

A:  In a word, yes.  Bad breath happens when bacteria and dead skin cells decay, producing sulfur compounds which give off the bad breath smell.  Chronic bad breath should always be viewed as a bad sign and risk factor for tissue breakdown and disease.  While standard mouthwashes will mask the smell in the short term, they don’t get rid of the bacteria which is really the underlying cause.

Q: What can our patients do at home to protect their oral health?

A:  Well we’d love for them to come in so we can get to know them better, but good home care is vital to help preventing periodontal disease.  It’s going to be the usual suspects, brushing after eating, flossing, and using an antibacterial mouthwash are the best things that they can do.

Jamie has been with us now for a little over 6 months, and has been a hygienist for almost 10 years.  She has quickly become a valued part of our family.  Nancy has been with us on a part time basis since 2006, but came aboard full time 2 years ago, and must be some sort of hygiene ninja, because most of our patients tell us that she is the most gentle hygienist that they have ever been to.  If you are overdue for your checkup give us a call today at 602-993-4200 to schedule an appointment, they would love to meet with you.

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