Attending regular dental check-ups means a lot-- not just for your teeth, but the rest of your family's, too. After all, the more you push them back, the more your teeth build up plaque!

At Omni Dental Group, you'll find out how much those often-overlooked dental check-ups mean for not just your family's dental dental exams health, but also their overall health. On-site family dentist Siamak Aalemansour, DDS, explains a few of the systemic health conditions manifested through negligent dental care below:

Alzheimer's disease

Failing to double-check the health of your mouth can give way to gum inflammation-- which has a scary link with a greater risk of Alzheimer's disease, numerous recent studies have found.

Patients from one study were a monumental nine times more likely to show poor cognitive function than other patients when they had gum inflammation. Further studies have showed a very real link between poor dental hygiene and Alzheimer's, as researchers discovered a specific bacteria in patients with the progressive brain disorder that was not present in the brains of patients who were cognitively healthy. But the real surprise was that this same Alzheimer's-friendly bacteria is largely associated with chronic gum disease!

If you haven't been able to make it into your family dentist for an overdue check-up, make sure that you're remembering to brush your teeth twice each day for two minutes at a time and schedule that appointment pronto!

Pancreatic cancer

Research has uncovered a verifiable link between pancreatic cancer and periodontitis, which in itself is a troubling side effect of failing to maintain good oral hygiene habits and can lead to loss of surrounding bone density and strength.

Even if you're not at great risk for periodontitis yet, anyone with plaque build-up can then get gingivitis-- which, when left unchecked, is a very real precursor to periodontitis!

Heart disease

According to one dental expert, Dr. Steve Kerrigan, the mouth is probably the dirtiest place in the human body. Considering it's only about a foot above the heart, that doesn't always bode well for good cardiovascular health!

Sure enough, researchers have discovered that oral bacteria from patients with bleeding gums (often caused by poor dental care) can get into their bloodstream, attach to existing platelets, and perpetuate blood clots. When that occurs, it can potentially lead to an unsuspecting heart attack!

While these harrowing health conditions represent worst-case scenarios, they can easily be avoided when you bring your family in for a dental check-up every six months. Give Omni Dental Group a call and ask to speak with Dr. Aalemansour today at (301) 809-0029 for lasting dental relief right here in Bowie, MD!

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Omni Dental Group
4321 Collington Road Suite 210
Bowie, MD 20716
(301) 809-0029