Gentle Dental of New Baltimore
35521 23 Mile Road, New Baltimore, MI 48047

Proper Dental Care Linked to Lower Risk of Multiple Diseases

Dental Hygiene

New studies are finding that your heart and brain health are directly connected to how well you care for your teeth. The concept isn’t new—year after year, researchers are finding more conclusive evidence that the state of your oral health is directly correlated to the health of your body overall. Skipping visits to the dentist for a professional teeth cleaning is quite common and a major contributor to disease, but even skipping your routine dental care at home can lead to a decline in health. If you don’t think daily brushing and flossing and routine teeth cleaning by a dental hygienist are important, check out these statistics— it’s almost a matter of life and death.

A recent, large study found that individuals who have a professional teeth cleaning performed by dental hygienist at least once every six month were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack than those who missed a visit each year. Even more astounding was the correlation between brain health and dental care—the same study found that making it to the dentist for that bi-annual exam and teeth cleaning can lower your risk of stroke by as much as 13 percent.

Previous studies have found that skipping routine teeth cleaning appointments, as well as basic at-home dental care, can increase the risk of heart disease by as much as 70 percent. Overall, poor dental hygiene can raise the risk of heart and lung disease and diabetes, as well as impact cognitive health.

Even with these additional research findings, scientists still are uncertain of exactly how and why there is such a significant link between dental health and total-body disease risk. The most popular hypothesis is inflammation. Tooth decay and gum disease significantly raise the level of inflammation in the body—a primary contributor to the development of disease.

A professional teeth cleaning by a dental hygienist can remove bacteria and plaque build-up that a toothbrush and floss simply cannot reach. Cleaning your teeth regularly, both at home and at the dentist, gets rid of bacteria in the mouth that can contribute to chronic infection and inflammation that can ultimately spread to the rest of the body.

The lowest risks of disease are associated with dental care habits that have been instilled in most people since childhood—brushing at least twice a day (preferably, after every meal) rinsing with a mouthwash, and flossing at least once a day. Visits to your dentist in New Baltimore should occur, at minimum twice per year; however, some individuals may require a more- frequent teeth cleaning regimen. Ask your dentist to help you determine the appropriate frequency for your teeth cleaning appointments to ensure that your smile and your health remain optimal.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in New Baltimore, call Gentle Dental of New Baltimore today at (586) 933-5521 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in New Baltimore. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of New Baltimore, 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 Gentle Dental of New Baltimore.

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Patient Reviews
Monica is always kind and considerate
James D.
The accommodating and compassionate ways of Dr Wajeeh and his staff
Toni P.
Nice people
Dawn H.
Monica does a very good job of teeth cleaning, she is very thorough and professional.
Karen H.
friendly prompt service
Gary R.
Excellent service & friendly people.
Susan F.
Everyone always greets you with a smile! They are very nice and patient. They do their best to always help you in anyway they can.
Monique R.
Excellent customer service, very friendly, prompt work, they actually answer all of your questions. This will be my new dentist office. All staff trys to make you comfortable in your surroundings and […]
Ursula F.
The dentist was very great with my teenage anxious daughter getting her first fillings.
Nicole S.
I love the staff! They are all so kind and helpful!
Erin K.
The staff is very nice. I usually do not have to wait very long in the waiting area. If I am going in for just a cleaning the appointment is usually pretty quick.
Heather C.
Staff is friendly and really make it a pleasant experience.
Ronald S.
My hygienist Monica is the best! I wouldn’t have anyone else!!
Susan K.
Always great service from a great group of people!!
Larry B.
I loved how i was treated. My experience was completely pain free. I wasn’t pressured to have unneeded dental work. My treatment options were explained patiently and thoroughly.
Constance S.
Very professional and gentle.
Pam S.
This office has really come through for my family and me when we had emergency dental needs. The doctor makes sure whatever needs doing gets done right, and makes right anything that isn’t perfect […]
Catherine N.
Very professional and friendly. I was treated very nice and my problem was taken care of very well and without delay. Not only the dentist but all staff was great.
Brian K.
This is the best dental care I have ever had.
Shirley M.
Very happy and friendly staff. Really made me feel at ease when I felt nervous
John D.
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We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

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Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (586) 933-5521
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