National Children’s Dental Health Month
Belmont family dentistry would like to remind parents the importance of your child's oral health. If your child is overdue or has never been to the dentist, please call us today to schedule an appointment. We do still have some openings during school vacation week and available one Saturday per month to help accommodate everyone's busy lives.
Call us today to set up an appointment: 617-484-1760.
Heart Health Month
If you are a male over 45 or a female over 55, then you are at a higher risk of heart attack than your younger counterparts. February is National Heart Month, and it is the perfect time to think about all of the ways you can ensure you have a healthy heart.
You may not realize how much your oral health impacts the rest of your body. Research indicates that having good oral health can promote health in ways that you would not expect—like a healthy heart!
The Connection Between the Heart and the Smile
The mouth can actually provide some pretty good insights to the rest of your body. In fact, it can indicate when you are not getting enough minerals or vitamins, when you have infections, and even when you are stressed. It will also show signs of problems when you have diabetes, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease.
Preventing heart disease is a commitment to your overall health, and that includes your oral health. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is considered the number one killer in the United States. There may be a strong connection between your healthy mouth and your healthy heart. Although the research results in this area aren’t completely clear yet, it is always a good idea to work toward having good oral hygiene!
Gum Disease and Heart Disease
Gum disease, or gingivitis, is caused by poor oral care that leads to plaque and tartar on the teeth. One symptom is that your gums are red or swollen. They may also frequently bleed when you brush your teeth. Gum disease often goes undiagnosed, but it affects roughly 80 percent of all Americans.
Researchers have discovered that gum disease may be directly connected to heart disease and strokes. Now, it may not only be important for your oral health to get a diagnosis regarding gum disease, but it may also be important for your heart.
Inflammation is common between the two diseases, as well as hardening of the arteries. In fact, usually the plaque buildup in the arteries that is associated with heart disease is part of the inflammation process. Inflammation in gum disease occurs when the bacteria take over the mouth and the gums become inflamed and sore.
Having a Healthy Smile Can Lead to a Healthy Heart
If you are concerned about your heart health, you may want to take a hard look at your oral health as well. National Heart Month is a great time to visit Belmont Family Dental to ensure that your smile is bright and healthy. Call us today to set up an appointment: 617-484-1760.
National Pet Dental Health Month
We love our pets at Belmont Family Dentistry!
Did you know, periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in cats and dogs even though it's completely preventable. It's not always easy but even our pets need our help brushing their teeth.
Show us your pets' pearly whites! Snap some photos of your pets' beautiful teeth and we mean any kind of pets: dogs, cats, horses, bunnies, ferrets, guinea pigs ... fuzzy, furred or finned, you name it. After all, pets need dental care, too.
Post the photos to our Facebook page or Instagram account (@belmontfamilydentist ) your photos with the hashtag: #BELMONTFDPET
2017 is here, lets make this year a great opportunity for a beautiful and a healthier smile! Here are some tips to start off the year the right way:
1. Brush Twice a Day and Floss Daily.
Brush your teeth when you wake up and right before bedtime. Flossing daily will help remove any food in between your teeth. Cavities are one of the most common diseases but it can be prevented with brushing and flossing! To remind you of flossing, place the floss in a place where are more likely to use it, the nightstand, the shower, next to the TV!
2. Healthy food = Healthy Teeth
Whole grain foods, fruits and vegetable are always a great choice! But if you still want to eat those cookies or cheesecake, make sure you brush your teeth afterwards. Snacks on celery and carrots, not only they are healthy but these crunchy veggies will help scrape plaque away from your teeth. Remember the cheese helps fight cavities.
3. Be a Role Model.
Children love to emulate their parents. If you have children, make a point to show them that you take time out of your busy schedule to brush and floss. You will notice they will also do the same. Check to see how they are brushing. Remember, you want to make sure they are brushing their teeth correctly.
4. Have Your Dental Cleanings Done Twice a Year!
Has it been a while since your last cleaning appointment? Start the new year with a dental check up. Do you have a busy schedule? Are you afraid of the dentist? We have ways to help you and make your visit a pleasant one. Call us and schedule your appointment today!