Thursday, February 6, 2014

February Marks National Dental Health Month!

February is National Dental Health Month. I'ts a great time of the year to practice
 great dental hygiene! 

Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visit helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. On February the American Dental Association(ADA) sponsors " National Children's Dental health Month".

Dr. Daniel R. Pestana, DDS and his office team supports raising awareness about the importance of oral health.  Our commitment to preventive dental care is important. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you visit us every six months or as recommended. 

February is also "American Heart Health Month". Dental health and heart health intertwined. Oral health, and gum disease in particular, are related to serious conditions like Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, & Cancer. 

The mouth is teeming with bacteria most of them harmless. Our body's natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing , can keep these bacteria under control. Without the proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.  Certain medications such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers and diuretics can reduce saliva flow. The saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, helping to protect you from microbial invasion or overgrowth that might lead to disease. 

Studies suggest oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with periodontitis play a role in some diseases. In certain diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body's resistance to infection, making oral health problems more severe.

February is our month to increase awareness! Dr. Daniel R. Pestana and his team has committed to provide awareness 365 days a year every year! Call our office to schedule for a dental appointment (925)945-8006.