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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

Taking good care of your mouth does more than help ensure you have a bright, white smile. Having a healthy mouth and healthy body go hand-in-hand! Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in U.S. adults and has been linked to an increased risk for serious health complications.

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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body Winter Park, FLTaking good care of your oral health offers more benefits than just having a beautiful, white smile. Having a healthy mouth can improve your overall health and has positive effects on your well-being.

What is Periodontal Disease?

An estimated 75 percent of Americans have some form of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Many studies suggest a link between gum disease and serious health complications. Many patients wonder, what is periodontal disease? Am I at risk? Dr. Rodney Horvat, and Dr. Scott Cohen and the team at Periodontics & Implant Dentistry can answer these questions during your consultation and oral evaluation. Gum disease occurs when plaque builds up around the gum line and traps bacteria. If left untreated, bacteria will continue to grow and spread, and eventually destroy the connective tissues and bone that support your teeth.

What is Periodontal Disease and how does it affect Health?

Here is some information about the link between periodontal disease and various health conditions:

Pancreatic Cancer and Heart Disease

Some recent studies have linked good oral hygiene with good overall health. A healthy mouth can reduce your risk of certain diseases, including heart disease and pancreatic cancer. Experts report that the inflammation caused by gingivitis and periodontal disease can be linked to these types of health problems. As bacteria can travel to other parts of the body, it can cause infections and aggravate existing infections in the lungs, joints, and other areas of the body.


According to a study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, keeping your gums healthy can improve your memory. Results of the study showed that adults with gingivitis performed worse on memory and cognition tests than those who did not.


Diabetes can affect the immune system and make it difficult to fight off infection. This includes any type of infection of the gums. Some experts are suggesting a link between uncontrolled diabetes and gum disease, reporting that untreated periodontal disease can make it difficult to control blood sugar levels.

Pre-Term Delivery and Low Birth Weight Babies

Some research shows a link between early stages of gum disease (gingivitis) and pre-term, low birth weight babies. With one in eight babies born prematurely, prevention is a high priority. Maintaining good oral health may reduce the risk of a premature delivery and ensure a healthy pregnancy.

Healthy Mouth and Healthy Body in Childhood

Teaching your children to take care of their teeth and gums is essential for optimal oral health throughout their lifetime. Healthy habits learned in childhood tend to stay throughout adulthood. Remember that you are a role model for your kids, and practicing good hygiene habits such as brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly, will encourage your child to take care of their oral health throughout their lifetime.

Are you wondering, what is periodontal disease and do I need treatment? Set up a consultation Dr. Horvat, and Dr. Cohen at Periodontics & Implant Dentistry to learn more about gum disease risk factors, related health problems, and treatment options.
Drs. Horvat, and Cohen are Periodontists in Winter Park, Florida who serve patients from Winter Park, Orlando, Maitland, and Altamonte Springs as well as the surrounding areas. Our office specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and we offer treatments such as the LANAP Laser Treatment, Dental Implants, and Cosmetic Periodontics. Call (407) 644-4404 to schedule your appointment.

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