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Is Your Dental Health Putting You At Risk For Heart Disease?

dental health questionsMost people are familiar with the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but do they realize that proven dental health practices like brushing and flossing every day may keep the doctor away as well. Research has shown that there is a direct link between an individual’s oral health and their overall physical health, and in particular their heart health. Poor oral hygiene can result in dental problems such as tooth decay, halitosis, gum disease, and even tooth loss but it has also been found that it can also lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and even strokes.

The correlation between heart health and dental health was actually discovered many years ago but the data supporting this link has been significant in the last few years. So much so that leading cardiologists are promoting awareness and encouraging their patients to take care of their teeth and gums. Maintaining good oral health at home, using proper techniques in brushing and flossing, is important but it is just as important to see your dentist for routine cleanings and examinations since your dentist will be able to detect any hidden issues.

Dental Health and Heart Health Correlation

There is evidence that oral bacteria has been found in other parts of the body and individuals with serious gum disease are two times more likely to develop coronary artery disease. Forty (40%) percent of patients with heart conditions have also been found to have gum disease. The bacteria associated with gingivitis and gum disease can impact the inner layer of the heart resulting in plaque build-up over a number of years. Elderly people are often found to have gum disease but younger individuals are also at risk. If they are not taking good care of their teeth and gums they could be subjecting themselves to developing high blood pressure and heart disease sooner.

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Dr. Scott Williams | Dentist Greeley CO | Ascent Family Dental | (970) 351-6095

Prevention is paramount since excellent dental health and a good diet can help to stave off serious health complications and conditions and lower your risk for heart disease. Brushing and flossing daily and visiting your dentist on a routine basis can truly help to keep your risk low for dental problems as well as other health problems. Following your doctor’s recommendations is a wise decision when it comes to a healthy smile and a healthy heart.

Find out more by following to:

“Gum Control: Correlation between good oral health and healthy heart is strong”

“New Research Continues to Show Medical Cost Savings and Reduced Hospitalizations Possible with Gum Disease Treatment”

“Brushing Your Teeth Could Prevent Heart Disease” 

Ascent Family Dental
3535 W. 12th St., Ste B
Greeley, CO 80634
(970) 351-6095

 

 

Oral Hygiene for Your Children

oral hygiene childrenFrom the day a child is born, a parent’s top concern is to make sure their child is healthy and safe. Making sure a child has a healthy diet with excellent nutrition is essential to their growth and development. What parents sometimes don’t realize, though, is a child’s oral hygiene is equally as important.

Many people think that since a child will lose their baby teeth the importance of oral health isn’t really that important until they get their permanent teeth. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. It is highly recommended that tooth brushing, regular visits to the dentist, and even flossing begin in infancy. Children should start seeing a dentist two times a year beginning no later than the age of one.

Oral Hygiene Taught Early

Teeth begin to come in around six months of age and dentists recommend that parents begin to brush their child’s teeth twice per day from the time their first tooth comes in. Baby teeth are considered place holders for a set of permanent teeth. Baby teeth are needed for chewing and are important in the development of speech so it is a smart choice to take care of those baby teeth early on.

It is also an excellent way to instill good habits in a child with regard to tooth brushing and oral hygiene. Children will also be much less resistant to brushing. A child does not become fully adept at brushing until around the age of 8 or 9. Giving a child independence to brush their teeth will help them to develop the technique (practice makes perfect) but a parent should continue to help to reach the posterior teeth, to ensure they are good and clean, until the child has mastered tooth brushing.

Oral hygiene and overall dental health has a direct impact on an individual’s physical health. Research studies have shown that there is a link between gum disease and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Other research has shown a correlation between poor oral health and Alzheimer’s. Parents need to realize that they are giving their child a chance at a healthier future if they begin teaching good oral hygiene right away.

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Dr. Scott Williams | Dentist Greeley CO | Ascent Family Dental | (970) 351-6095

If young children develop dental problems that go undetected, particularly if a child does not see a dentist, they can be at risk of serious health complications if the issue is left untreated. They can even be faced with root canals, extractions and even surgery. The sooner a child can learn to properly care for their teeth and gums the better prepared they will be to continue on with good oral hygiene right into adulthood.

Ascent Family Dental
3535 W. 12th St., Ste B
Greeley, CO 80634
(970) 351-6095

COMOM Provides Over $1M Worth of Dental Care in Greeley CO to Residents in Need

COMOM (Colorado Mission of Mercy) participant Scott Williams DMD of Ascent Family Dental

COMOM (Colorado Mission of Mercy) participant Scott Williams DMD of Ascent Family Dental

There is no greater gift than giving back to those in need. These words certainly rang true for local Greeley dentist Dr. Scott Williams of Ascent Family Dental, who gladly donated both his time and his services at the COMOM (Colorado Mission of Mercy) event this year. The goal of this event is to help those who are less fortunate obtain much-needed dental services for free.

COMOM (Colorado Mission of Mercy) Purpose and Goals

On the weekend of October 4th and 5th, the Island Groves Event Center transformed into a large-scale dental clinic. It was here that many local dentists volunteered to help nearly 1,300 patients who were otherwise unable to afford these services. This charitable event was sponsored by COMOM and was a part of an annual event in which Colorado dentists gather together in one city to help residents that are in need of dental care.This year, it was the city of Greeley who hosted the event. The Island Groves Event Center made room for the organization’s 125 dental chairs that would ultimately provide patients with the dental care they were in desperate need of. In an effort to make the event a success, the community rallied together to lend their support. As a proud resident as well as a practicing Greeley dentist, Dr. Williams was more than happy to offer his services.

During the event, patients were taken care of on a first-come, first-serve basis. Because of time constraints, those who were dealing with multiple dental problems would have their most pressing issue taken care of. In some cases, partial dentures were given to patients. These dentures were created in the on-site dental lab assembled exclusively for this purpose. For many, the event was life changing. Restoring a smile not only improves a person’s confidence and health, but oftentimes expands their employment opportunities as well.

Dental Care Professionals Giving Back to the Greeley Community at COMOM

With the help of volunteer dentists, hygienists and assistants, patients were able to receive:

• Root canals
• Cleanings
• Fillings
• Extractions
• And dental flippers

For Dr. Williams, this was another opportunity to give back to the community he loves and feels fortunate enough to call home. Raising an active family in this great city, the Colorado Mission of Mercy event is certainly near and dear to his heart. Approximately 200 dentists from all over Colorado participated in the event as well as hundreds of lab technicians and dental hygienists.

In addition to the dental services provided, patients were also given instructions on how to better care for their teeth and improve their oral hygiene. Education is the first step in preventing dental issues and can go a long way in ensuring that these patients have no need to return to such an event in the near future.

This was the 7th year that this special event was held, and more than $1,000,000 worth of dental care was provided over the course of the weekend. A big part of the reason why COMOM was able to accomplish such a feat is because the organization is 100 percent non-profit. The program relies on public donations and the help of tireless volunteers. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the help of the Colorado dentistry professionals like Dr. Williams and every other Greeley dentist that participated in the event.

Ascent Family Dental
3535 W. 12th St., Ste B
Greeley, CO 80634
(970) 351-6095

 

 

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