When Did You Have Your Teeth Cleaned?

When Did You Have Your Teeth Cleaned?

Not everyone is good about getting their checkups done and teeth cleaned every six months, even though most know that this is what just about any dentist would recommend.  But getting the plaque and tartar removed from teeth regularly may be more important than you think. Some studies have shown a link between good oral hygiene and a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke.  The common thread appears to be inflammation.  Inflammation is a factor in both gum disease and heart disease.  Also, chronic inflammation has been repeatedly linked to hardening of the arteries, which also increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.  According to one large study, those who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years had a 24% lower risk of heart attack and a 13% reduced risk of stroke.  Those who had cleanings done every six months had even lower risks. While the cause of the connection is still not entirely clear, it appears that this is yet one more way that oral health is connected to overall health and should not be taken lightly.  Having your teeth regularly cleaned gets rid of not just plaque and tartar, but also some of the harmful bacteria that lives in the mouth and can travel to other parts of the body and cause inflammation and infections. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us at Dr. Dawn Gayken,...

The Connection Between Dental Care and Overall Health

When people think of dentistry, they think of it being somewhat separate from medicine, but the fact is that taking care of the mouth and teeth is essential to maintaining overall health, and therefore should be treated like any other medical specialty. One reason for this may be that, in the U.S. anyway, dentistry is not included in most regular health insurance plans, but is instead sold separately (which gives the impression that it is not the same), and because culturally, we think of dental care as being more cosmetic than health-related.  But in truth, there is increasing evidence that dental care is related to many other conditions affecting overall physical as well as psychological health. According to the World Health Organization, “Oral diseases are the most common of the chronic diseases and are important public health problems because of their prevalence, their impact on individuals and society, and the expense of their treatment.” So what happens when we don’t treat dental care the same way we do other medical issues?  The answer isn’t pretty: “Oral health affects people physically and psychologically and influences how they grow, enjoy life, look, speak, chew, taste food and socialize, as well as their feelings of social well-being. Severe [tooth decay] detract from children’s quality of life: they experience pain, discomfort, disfigurement, acute and chronic infections, and eating and sleep disruption as well as higher risk of hospitalization, high treatment costs and loss of school days with the consequently diminished ability to learn. [Tooth decay] affects nutrition, growth and weight gain. Children of three years of age with nursing [decay] weighed about 1...

Welcome To Our New Website…

Dr. Dawn Gayken and her team would like to welcome you to our dynamic, informational, and user friendly new website. We know you will find the site beneficial and engaging. We are excited about how our 21st century website showcases relevant information to help our patients and community members. You will be able to easily navigate and locate the material you need in our Dental Treatments pages, which we broke down into three sections:  Family Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, and Orthodontics Braces. We are very proud of our Dental Insurance page. It allows patients to fill out an insurance form online while sitting in the convenience of their own home. This is extremely helpful because it makes the paperwork process go more quickly and smoothly on your first visit to our office. Our new website also has a Before and After Gallery. This page showcases just some of the amazing outcomes from different procedures that Dr. Gayken has performed in her office. We will be posting blogs each week that will discuss community events, services we offer, news about Gayken DDS, as well as dental care information. Our About Us page introduces you to Dr. Gayken and her caring staff. We are dedicated to our community and patients and our new website is proof of that commitment. If you have any questions or need additional information on our services, please go to our Contact Us page and fill out the form on the left. We will respond to your request as soon as possible. You may also call us at 281-367-2767. We hope to hear from you soon. Thank you for visiting the new site and please follow us on Facebook, Twitter,...