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You know that if you want a beautiful, white smile, you should remember to brush and floss your teeth regularly. You probably know that visiting our team once every six months could also help you keep your smile healthy and strong—but did you know that taking care of your teeth could also help you protect your overall health? If you don’t care for the health of your teeth, plaque and bacteria may enter your bloodstream and cause long-term damage. Even major organs such as your heart, brain, and lungs can be affected by bad bacteria in your mouth.

As you probably know, plaque can lead to gum disease. However, did you know that plaque can also clog your arteries? Similarly, plaque can harden into tartar, which can lead to a number of serious issues. Unfortunately, plaque can also harden inside your arteries, which makes your heart work harder to spread gum through your body–increasing your chances of heart disease.

Unfortunately, bacteria from plaque have also been found in the brain. Some claim that this can actually lead to serious cognitive diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. In fact, it has been noted that gum disease can actually make this cognitive disease worse.

Finally, upper respiratory problems, such as pneumonia and the common cold, are much more common in individuals with lackluster oral health. Many dentists believe that this issue is a result of this bad bacteria entering the lungs simply from breathing.

Fortunately, you can prevent a number of issues simply by brushing, flossing, and visiting our dentist, Dr. Dennis Burrell, once every six months. We’ll be happy to examine your mouth and offer you any advice you need. To learn more, please feel free to contact Dr. Dennis Burrell and Associates, PC at 253-564-7645. We’re eager to hear from you!