HEART HEALTH IS NOW A DENTIST’S CONCERN
Our advice to patients has always been the standard, “brush and floss so that you can avoid cavities and gum disease.” I am sure we can sound like Charley Brown’s teacher to many people as we dispense our advice… “WA-WA, WA-WA, WA-WA….” Truthfully, we really do care about heart health and believe what we talk about, but, I know, the messages from the dental industry have all been the same for many years. I can see the toothpaste manufacturers dispensing the same advice as I watch a commercial between television shows or on a popup internet ad.
Gingivitis & Periodontal Disease = Strong Risk for Heart Attacks
Several years ago, when I started practicing dentistry in Coral Gables, I heard a faint message from some dentists and researchers that suggested gum disease could be tied to heart disease. They even went so far as to say that heart attacks are potentially triggered by bacteria that grow in the mouth. At the time, I thought to myself, “this is just another kooky idea being brought to our industry by some people that have a product to sell….” Well, in the past few years, there has been conclusive evidence tying oral bacteria commonly found in gingivitis and periodontal disease to strong risk for the occurrence of heart attacks. I knew this was for real when I started reading the mountain of scientific information coming from credible sources. Also, there is now a large contingent of medical professionals (including cardiologists) who have sent patients for dental consultations and follow up treatment in order to shore up any risks that may cause these people undue events that may lead to disabilities or even death.
Some of us in the dental profession have taken notice and departed from traditional theories taught to us in school. For me, personally, it is my responsibility to educate patients about any conditions which the health of my patients’ mouths is a factor in. This is why our office in Coral Gables, Florida has received training and education on how we can help patients be healthier, not just for the sake of their teeth, but more importantly, for overall health. Our belief system in caring for our patients has transformed into more about how to get them to optimize their chances of minimizing the chance of a life altering event, such as a heart attack.
Seek Professional Help In Coral Gables, Florida
The advice that I give to any patient is to seek out a team of dental professionals that are serious about this. At this point, there are a number of other illnesses that are being mentioned as affected by the presence of common oral bacteria present in the mouths of up to 75% of Americans according to some estimates. Now we are hearing studies coming out that show diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s and even cancer are following the same route we once saw with heart disease and its link with oral health. As a Dentist practicing in Coral Gables, I foresee a strong possibility that we are going to have many studies showing how important your ability to control oral disease is for overall health.
Even though we still will sound like Charley Brown’s teacher droning on about the importance of brushing and flossing, there is a new message we are trying to help you receive. One that can make a world of difference for your health as well as that of those around you. Your future quality of life is possibly in the balance because of common conditions we see in many people. Please take steps to ensure that you have your risk assessed by finding a qualified dental team to help you in this process. Your loved ones will greatly appreciate you taking this step for your future of health.
About Dr. Lino Suarez Jr., DMD, FAGD:
Cosmetic Dentistry, Reconstructive Dentistry, Gums & Supporting Structures, Bite Problem Dentistry, Anxiety-free / Sedation Dentistry, and Dental Implants. Dr. Lino Suarez, Jr., DMD, FAGD is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. A general dentist who is a “Fellow” in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) has been recognized by other general dentists as a leader and exemplifies to other dentists the importance of quality continuing dental education.
Dr. Lino Suarez, Jr., DMD, FAGD is one of only 7% of AGD dentists who achieved this honor. At our office you will experience the opportunity to achieve the highest level of health you desire while enhancing the natural appearance of your smile. We focus on your intention by taking adequate time to listen to your needs. You have the right to the very best when it comes to your health and appearance.
Our friendly and highly skilled team will help you establish a plan for your preferred future by clarifying your long-term needs and goals. Our philosophy centers itself on the value of relationships. We believe the only way to create a meaningful result is by working with you when you feel most comfortable. By spending individualized time with you, our team can best serve your desires for optimal health and natural appearance. You deserve nothing less.
Contact Us Today! Dr. Lino Suarez, Jr., DMD, FAGD and our Coral Gables Dentistry team are committed to providing exceptional care and empowering our patients with information about their dental health. If you have any questions about General Dentistry, your dental health, or would like to schedule an appointment, we invite you to give us a call at 305-446-1776 for a complimentary consultation. The outstanding experience of our Coral Gables Dentist, Dr. Lino Suarez and the skills of our staff have helped in successfully treating oral problems in our patients who visit us from different parts of the greater Miami Florida area including Coral Gables, South Miami, and Pinecrest.