Dental One Associates of Dunwoody
5901-B Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30328

The Teeth Cleaning and Whole-Body Health Connection

Dental Hygiene

Those yearly visits to the dental hygienist to get a teeth cleaning can seem like quite a nuisance. It’s no mystery why such a large portion of the population avoids the dentist chair. However, if you are one of the millions of Americans who skip their bi-annual teeth cleanings, you may want to reconsider your habits. Recent studies have uncovered undeniable conclusive evidence that the state of your oral health is closely linked to your total body health. Meaning, if you fail to manage comprehensive care for your pearly whites, you are putting your whole body health at risk. Discover just how vital a routine teeth cleaning from your dental hygienist is to your whole-body wellness.

Poor oral health is often a direct result of excessive inflammation. Inflammation can begin in the mouth and move to other areas of the body, or it can begin in the heart or lungs and make its way to the mouth. Either way, red swollen gums and mouth ulcers are cause for concern. The importance of a routine teeth cleaning cannot be overstated.

Your twice-yearly teeth cleaning with a dental hygienist is an opportunity for early detection and treatment of a host of chronic diseases. Research from around the world has discovered conclusive evidence that poor oral health is an early sign of chronic whole-body diseases. One study found that skipping just one dental care visit each year can increase your risk of heart disease by as much as 70 percent.

The American Dental Association states that 90 percent of whole-body diseases have oral manifestations. Those are not good odds when it comes preserving your health. Risk of other total- body diseases linked to poor oral health include:

  • Diabetes
  • Leukemia
  • Oral cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Lung disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Stroke

Chronic disease isn’t the only concern related to missing routine visits to your dentist in Atlanta. You may also be impacted by other painful experiences and high-risk health concerns:

  • Oral and Facial Pain. Pain around the teeth, gums, and face is often linked to infections of the gums, according to the office of the U.S. Surgeon General. This can result in gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, and eventually full-blown gum disease and tooth loss. Presently, more than 75 percent of the U.S. population is affected by gum disease.
  • Digestion Issues. Inflammation in the mouth can lead to intestinal failure, irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive disorders.
  • Heart Malfunctions. Bacterial endocarditis is just one example that poor oral health can contribute to. Endocarditis occurs when inflammation reaches the heart or heart valves, worsening heart disease and causing significant damage to the organ.

How can you protect your health? Adhere to proper at-home dental care and don’t miss those important bi-annual teeth cleaning appointments with your dental hygienist—it just might save your life.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Atlanta, call Dental One Associates of Dunwoody today at (404) 381-1490 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Atlanta. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Georgia, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Dunwoody, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Dunwoody.

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Patient Reviews
Love the people and the service
Mary L.
Dr. Thornton is one of the best dentists I have ever been pleased to call “My dentist.” Her skill and patience are topped with a wonderful personality and she has a soft manner and touch even […]
Nona L.
Front desk service is cordial, the dentist and her assistant are friendly and professional. They made me feel comfortable and secured. I would recommend others.
Carolyn S.
Sima is the best hygienist that I’ve ever had! She is so gentle and does a great job. Dr Thornton is very thorough and knowledge. The entire staff are very pleasant.
Jodi T.
I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about going to a multi-location (chain and/or franchised) dentist’s office. But as they say, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. The wait time was […]
Nathan J.
Friendly knowledgeable staff. Dr. Thornton is great!
Michael M.
I had a dental emergency and they got me in there really quickly. Doctor and staff were so nice.
Latrice S.
Service at a level that is second to none! Awesome staff very friendly and attentive by far the best dental experience I have ever had!
Billy M.
You treated me very nice and you made me feel comfortable. You also provided services to me even though I did not have all the money. You did a excellent job cleaning my teeth. You were very […]
Karen V.
First off I would like to say thanks to doctor Sarah and her team for doing an awesome job. I have been terrified of the dentist for many years due to a bad experience, but doctor Sarah has changed […]
Jarvis D.
Very friendly, thorough, and quick.
Robert S.
I always have a positive experience at your office and don’t feel like I’m constantly being upsold. I feel like I am given an honest evaluation and reasonable recommendation for all suggested […]
Jennifer K.
I had a GREAT hygienist Siyma – those are tough to find! She was young enough to know new techniques, but also was very gentle & kind.
Kimberly T.
Best in town.
Caliza G.
I’d definitely recommend Dr. Sarah Thornton and her wonderful staff without any hesitation. They are efficient, great at what they do and make sure you are comfortable every step of the way — […]
Deepika R.
The entire staff was friendly, knowledgeable and explained everything about my care and options :-) I was nervous about my appointment and they put all of my fear aside.
Michele O.
Best. Dental practice. Ever!! This is the best dentist office I have ever been to. The staff is Amazing and make you feel right at home. I have recommended this office to everyone, and will continue […]
Chris R.
I had a great experience in your office & appreciated the professionalism of the staff.
Elizabeth H.
Always a wonderful job. Thanks!
Jonathan A.
I hate the going to the dentist but I love this office and the staff!!! They truly treat you like you are the only one they treat!!
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  • Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Thursday 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (404) 381-1490
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