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Tips for Managing Your Family’s Oral Health During Summertime

Summers are full of fun, frolicking in the sun, and memory-making moments. But this is no time to neglect your oral health. Dr. Coates shares how to prevent dental problems and keep a healthy smile during the summer by following seven simple tips!

Tip One – Keep Your Routine

You may find your kids sleeping in when they don’t have to rush to beat the school bell. But it’s essential that they get up, have a healthy breakfast, and brush and floss their teeth. And on those nights when the kids get to bed after midnight, we must remind them to brush before they retire for the night.

Ensure that your kids brush twice a day for at least two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Direct them to floss at least once a day to get into those spaces between their teeth.

Tip Two – Go Easy on the Sweet Treats

On hot summer days, it’s easy to reach for juices and soft drinks to cool off. But it’s important to limit how much of these they enjoy. Water is better for hydration, and it doesn’t harm their pearly whites. Milk with meals is also a healthy choice.

Make sure you make healthy snacks available and encourage them to eat a healthy meal when they are hungry. There is nothing wrong with the occasional snack, but we often find that our children journey to the fridge and pantry several times a day on the hunt for snacks. When they partake in sweet snacks, make sure they brush right after.

Tip Three – Your Teeth Aren’t Tools

Your teeth are for chewing food, not for opening bottles and other items. Doing that can chip or break a tooth. Not only is this extremely painful for your child, but it can also be very costly for you.

Tip Four – Invest in a Mouthguard

When your kids participate in summer sports, protect their teeth with a mouthguard. These helpful devices help to prevent expensive sports injuries. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Coates before summer to have your child fitted for a custom mouthguard for the best protection.

Tip Five – Spread on the Lip Balm

Use sunscreen, stay hydrated, and wear sunglasses to protect yourself from the heat and sun. And don’t forget the SPF 15 or higher lip balm to protect your lips from UV rays.

Tip Six – Build a Relationship with Your Dentist

If you and your family don’t have a regular dentist, it’s never too late to get one. It’s important to be consistent with your dental checkups. When you see the same dentist regularly, they can identify changes in your mouth. Seeing the same hygienist, dentist, and office staff can also help kids get comfortable with the process.

Tip Seven – Schedule Your Back-to-School Dental Visit Early

When you begin thinking about back-to-school shopping, remember that a clean and sparkly smile will help your kids put their best foot forward. Getting their dental checkup during the summer is the best way to avoid missing time from school. Before school starts, families rush to get their kids in for dental appointments. Make sure that you book your dental checkup and cleaning appointment early.

Dr. Stephen Coates would love to be your family dentist. Our Long Beach practice is committed to your oral health, working every day to restore, enhance, and maintain the natural beauty of our patient’s smiles. Our staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and welcoming. Schedule your appointment by calling us at 562-434-6414 or requesting your appointment online.

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8 Dental Father’s Day Gift Ideas

June is approaching, which means it’s time to celebrate your father! For Father’s Day, consider getting dad something that can help him improve his dental health and make his smile a little brighter! The team from the Office of Dr. Stephen A. Coates, DDS, shares eight gift ideas for dad!

Electric Toothbrush

Here’s a new power tool to add to dad’s collection. Since keeping teeth clean with a manual toothbrush can be quite a task, get him an electric toothbrush. Clinically proven to reduce stains and fight gum disease, they’re more efficient, hitting about 40k strokes a minute. Dad can increase blood circulation and eliminate bacteria build-up on his gums with an electric toothbrush.

Mouthwash Dispenser

If your dad is still doing the old pour and gargle thing with the bottle cap of his mouthwash, simplify his life with a convenient way to rinse his mouth. An automatic or manual mouthwash dispenser looks great on the bathroom counter, and there are even wall-mounted versions.

Water Flossers

If dad is looking for a deeper clean along his gumlines, then water flossers may be a great gift idea. Water flossers are available as portable devices and send powerful sprays of water into the mouth to clean the gums and between the teeth.

Dental Care Travel Kit

If dad’s a frequent traveler or avid camper, a dental care travel kit includes all the necessary equipment to clean his teeth. Some come with a manual toothbrush and cap, travel-sized toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental floss. These essentials come in a weatherproof travel bag to make it easy to take care of the mouth on the go!


A mouthguard is a perfect gift if your dad likes to spend time on the basketball court or ice rink. Set an appointment with Dr. Coates to have him fitted with a customized version. No matter how rough the game gets, you can protect Dad’s pearly whites for less than $100.

Toothbrush Holder

Whether dad has a manual or electric toothbrush, a toothbrush holder sporting his favorite team or hobby will be a unique gift for Father’s Day!

Noise Canceling Headphones

If you’re used to playing the music too loud, give dad the gift of relief – noise-canceling headphones. When dad is in a noisy setting or sitting in the dentist’s chair, he can listen to his style of music, podcasts, or audiobook.

Professional Teeth Whitening

The best gift idea isn’t something you would put in a gift bag, but it’s even better! Professional teeth whitening is great for those who drink coffee every day, smoke, or have issues with teeth discoloration for other reasons. While you can pick up teeth whitening products at the drug store, they won’t deliver the results that a professional dentist can.

Let Dr. Stephen Coates Help Make Father’s Day Perfect!

Start early and get the perfect gift for Father’s Day! Make him really smile and help him keep it bright with these 8 Dental Gifts for Father’s Day! For help choosing the right gift or to schedule Dad’s appointment, contact your Long Beach Dentist, Dr. Stephen Coates, DDS, by calling 562-434-6414 or by using this appointment form here.

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Why Does it Seem Like You Have Bad Breath All the Time?

Bad breath can be very bothersome. When you have bad breath in business and social settings, it can turn people away. As the condition is called, Halitosis may be caused by inadequate oral care habits, dietary issues, or even serious medical conditions like gum disease and untreated wounds in the mouth.

Here Dr. Stephen Coates shares more about bad breath, how to prevent it, and how to treat it when it’s getting you down.

What Causes Halitosis

Bad breath can be caused by several reasons, including:

  • Bacteria: Bacteria live in the mouth and find an agreeable environment to grow due to the moisture and warmth found there. The bacteria feed on food left in your mouth after eating, leaving waste behind.
  • Dry Mouth: When your mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva, it doesn’t get as clean as it should. The saliva helps wash out the mouth. Medications, salivary gland issues, or mouth breathing can cause dry mouth.
  • Gum Disease: Advanced and even mild gum disease caused by plaque can cause persistent bad breath and an unpleasant taste in your mouth.
  • Leftover Debris: Debris that gets trapped in between the pockets of the teeth can also begin to decay and start to smell. Ill-fitting dentures, cavities, and broken fillings can also leave openings that trap food and bacteria.
  • Tobacco Use: Not only does smoking cause lung cancer, but it also causes stains on your teeth, makes your breath smell bad, and impairs your ability to taste the food you eat.
  • Medical Conditions: Infections in the mouth can cause Halitosis. Sinus issues, reflux, diabetes, liver, oral yeast infections, and kidney disease can also cause your breath to smell bad.
  • Poor Oral Care Habits: Not taking care of your teeth properly can cause decay, plaque, and bacteria to build up and cause a foul odor.

Bad Breath Prevention

Prevention is key, so you must adopt good oral health habits like brushing and flossing twice a day, visiting your dentist for cleanings twice a year, and managing dental problems early on.

Bad Breath Treatment

Treating bad breath often comes down to treating the condition causing it. Antibiotics for infections, adjusting dentures, repairing filings, treating gum disease, or changing medications could help solve the issue of your bad breath. Other times treating bad breath boils down to taking care of your teeth by:

  • Brushing: Ensure that you are not only brushing twice daily but also that you are thoroughly cleaning between your teeth and floss to rid your mouth of bacteria that cause bad breath.
  • Use Mouthwash: Mouthwash can kill bacteria and neutralize bad breath temporarily.
  • Clean Your Dentures: Take out removable dentures each night, clean them well, and store them properly until you need them again in the morning.
  • Encourage Saliva Production: Eat healthy foods, chew them well, try sugar-free gum and candies, and ask your dentist for artificial saliva.
  • Commit to Quitting: It’s time to quit smoking for your oral health and the health of the rest of your body.
  • Keep Up With Regular Dental Appointments: It’s important, and recommended by the American Dental Association, to visit your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and exams.

To keep bad breath at bay, make an appointment with Dr. Coates and keep up with regular checkups. Our Long Beach, CA dental team is waiting to discuss your symptoms and determine the right approach to treat your bad breath. Call us today at 562-434-6414, or visit us online to schedule your appointment.

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The Link Between Periodontal Disease and Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis and gum disease have been linked together by the bone loss evident in both conditions. Those with gum disease, osteoporosis, or who are suffering from both should understand the clear link between the two conditions.


This common metabolic bone disease, occurring primarily in postmenopausal women, is characterized by bone fragility, low bone mass, and decreased bone mineral density. There is an increased risk of fractures, and the condition can also cause issues with oral bone density.

Periodontal Disease

Characterized by progressive loss of gingival tissue in the gums and jawbones, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Toxins in oral plaque become inflamed and irritate the soft tissues in the mouth. Bacteria will eventually colonize, causing the gum and bone tissues to deteriorate.

The Link Between the Two

A University of New York at Buffalo study concluded that postmenopausal women with osteoporosis were 86% more likely to develop periodontal disease. This is caused by estrogen deficiency, which often accompanies menopause. This accelerates the rate of attachment loss, destroying the fibers and tissues that stabilize teeth.

The low mineral bone density that causes osteoporosis also causes inflammation in periodontal disease. The two make ones already weakened to break down. If you have gum disease and other risk factors for osteoporosis, your dentist may ask about your bone health.

How Your Dentist Can Help

Dentists can use several methods to diagnose and treat the diseases: your dentist may be able to diagnose osteoporosis in its initial stages by the quality of bone strength in your mouth. Taking note of oral bone density, your dentist can refer you to your doctor to be screened for osteoporosis. If a diagnosis of osteoporosis and periodontal disease occurs, Dr. Coates can work in tandem with your physician to control both conditions.

  • Routine Digital Dental X-rays – X-rays can be used to screen for bone loss in the upper and lower jaw, and the dentist can provide interventions for preventing and treating periodontal disease. It is believed that minimizing periodontal disease will help treat osteoporosis.
  • Estrogen supplements – Providing postmenopausal women with estrogen supplements lowers the rate of attachment loss and reduces gingival inflammation, which protects the teeth from periodontal disease.
  • Assessment of risk factors – Dentists and physicians can closely monitor the patients at an increased risk of developing both diseases by assessing family and medical history, X-ray results, medications, and modifiable risk factors. Tobacco use, obesity, poor diet, and estrogen deficiency can be managed with education, support, and prescription medications.

Dr. Coates is Ready to Help

Good oral care is a factor in your overall health and well-being. Periodontal disease can contribute to arterial plaque build-up. Research is ongoing, but one thing is evident – proper dental care can help with the onset of osteoporosis.

So, it’s essential to choose the right dental professional and visit them regularly to identify the early signs of periodontal disease and osteoporosis. For more information about the connection between the two and screening methods, make your appointment with Dr. Coates today! You can give our Long Beach office a call at 562-434-6414.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Oral Health

Mother’s Day is approaching, and we know how hard it is to find just the right thing to show our appreciation for all of her hard work. Dr. Coates’ team has the gift ideas that will give you the chance to treat her while taking care of her all at the same time.

Oral Health Care Packages

Take your time and pick out some useful dental items to arrange a dental care gift basket for mom. Grab a cute basket, plastic wrap, and ribbon. Include in mom’s gift basket:

  • Mouthwash, for home and on the go
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Electric toothbrush
  • Disposable toothbrushes
  • Healthy Fruits and dark chocolate

Offer a New Spin on Brushing

Present mom with a new electric toothbrush that offers a more thorough clean, leading to a healthier mouth. Consider these electric toothbrushes for mom:

SONICARE Easy Clean: The Easy Clean removes six times more plaque than a regular toothbrush. The Quadspace timer will help her spend the right amount of time on each section of the mouth. It’s even safe to use when wearing orthodontics.

Oral-B Pro 1000 – it offers a reasonable price point, a two-minute timer, and compatibility with several brush heads.

Scrumptious and Healthy Eats

Seafood Brunch: Salmon offers healthy omega-3 to guard against periodontal or gum disease. For dessert, opt for fruit; strawberries are great for whitening teeth.

Dark Chocolates: When enjoyed in moderation, the cocoa in dark chocolate has important vitamins and minerals that can aid in oral health.

Water Flossers

While dental floss is always a good idea, a water flosser like the Waterpik offers a thorough clean. Using a pressurized stream of water, it gets all of the leftover debris that can cause cavities. It’s a perfect choice for moms with mobility or flexibility issues.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Mom always makes sure our pearly whites are in tip-top shape; she may have dropped the ball with her own oral health. Treat her to whiter teeth. Teeth whitening can offer a more attractive smile, a confidence boost, and stain removal.

In-Office Teeth Whitening: For the fastest and most effective whitening treatment, schedule an appointment for mom with Dr. Coates. In just an hour, she will see a visible difference. This non-invasive treatment is completed in two visits starting with the impressions. The second appointment is when Dr. Coates will fit her with her trays. She will wear them with a special whitening solution.

Dr. Coates Wishes You All a Happy Mother’s Day!

We look forward to helping mom maintain her beautiful smile! Our staff is ready to help you make mom’s day special. Call us at 562-434-6414 with any questions about our services and schedule your teeth whitening today.

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Alternative Options to Dental Implants for Children

Even when we take great care of our teeth, tooth loss can happen. Adults often turn to dental implants to replace the missing tooth. But when it comes to your child, dental implants are not the answer.

Here, Stephen Coates, DDS, shares why dental implants are not the appropriate choice for replacing teeth for kids.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are perfect for adults missing one or more teeth for long-term restorative options. They are set in the jawbone, fusing with a patient’s natural bone. They function as a base for supporting artificial teeth. They are the best option for replacing teeth and offer a natural feel and look.

Why Dental Implants Aren’t the Right Choice for Children

For replacing teeth, dental implants aren’t the best option for kids because they are only appropriate if a patient’s jaw has stopped growing. The jaws of kids and teens haven’t hardened completely, so dental implants can shift as their jaw grows. This shifting can cause crooked teeth, pain, and other complications.

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry recommends waiting until after adolescence to install implants. Girls must be at least fifteen to receive a dental implant, and boys must be seventeen. The varying ages are in place as girls tend to develop earlier than boys. Dr. Coates believes that you should wait until your 20’s since he has seen cases where the jaws continue to grow and the implants end up out of position. Sometimes the only way to fix this problem is to remove the implant, graft bone, wait 6 months, and then place a new implant.

Appropriate Kid-Friendly Restoration Services

While a dental implant is not a viable option for kids, there are other options, including:

  • Fixed and Resin Bonded Dental Bridges – This custom-made tooth, when fixed, bonds to your child’s natural tooth to fill the gap and also has a crown for support. The other option for dental bridges is a resin-bonded bridge.
  • Removal Partial Dentures – The removable partial denture will have one or more artificial teeth attached.
  • Braces – The artificial tooth attached to an orthodontic wire can fill the gap, while braces help to correct their crooked teeth and bite issues.
  • Space Maintainers – When a young child loses a tooth, your dentist can place a removable or fixed space maintainer in its place while waiting for the permanent tooth to grow in.

Caring for Your Child’s Teeth

Even when you take care of your child’s teeth, dental emergencies happen. But broken, cracked, and chipped teeth are more likely when we are not adhering to good oral hygiene habits. It’s essential that they brush and floss their teeth and see their dentist twice each year. Dental sealants and fluoride treatments can help to strengthen and protect their teeth.

Dr. Stephen Coates Can Help Restore Your Child’s Smile

If your child loses a tooth, stay calm. When it happens, schedule an emergency dental appointment to discover your options. Dr. Stephen Coates, DDS, and his team are experts in pediatric dentistry and can help you decide the best choice for your child.

To discuss your child’s oral hygiene and child-friendly restoration services and to schedule your child’s appointment, call 562-434-6414 or reach out to us today!

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Is Your Jaw Clicking or Popping? Ask Your Dentist

If you’ve noticed a clicking in your jaw or have experienced pain in your jaw upon waking, this is the post for you. Those with temporomandibular joint pain searching for relief may wonder where they can find it. Some may consider visits to an ENT specialist or neurologist, but very few people think of scheduling an appointment with their dentist.

Here, Dr. Stephen Coates DDS shares more information about the condition and treatment options.

What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joints are found on the sides of your head, connecting your jaw to your skull. They are responsible for your ability to open and close your mouth, chew, and talk. Disorders related to these joints are associated with TMJ.

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMDS) affects a wide range of people. It can hamper the enjoyment of daily life and should be addressed early on.


Symptoms of TMDS include popping, clicking, or locking of the jaw. Some patients experience pain in the head and ears and tenderness in the jaw.

What Causes TMDS?

While there is usually no apparent reason for TMDS, the issue could have originated due to injury or dislocation of the jaw, constant teeth clenching, arthritis, a sleep breathing disorder, virus (HSV, shingles), and poor tooth or jaw alignment.

Diagnosing TMDS

Your dental professional will start with an examination, listen to your jaw, and observe your range of motion. They will next use dental x-rays, a CT scan, or MRI. Patients who visit Dr. Coates receive a thorough examination, and he uses an assessment of x-rays and patient history to make the correct diagnosis and offer treatment recommendations.

Treatment Options

If you are diagnosed with TMDS, the condition should receive treatment as it worsens over time or in stressful times. If left untreated, TMDS could cause erosion in the jawbone and loosening of the teeth. Dentists are your best option for treatment as they are specifically trained in the anatomy of the jaw and experts and diagnosing bite dysfunctions.

Dr. Coates can offer a custom-molded bite guard to counter teeth grinding during the night. He also can perform a bite relationship analysis and MAGO Splint Therapy for up to six months to return the joints to a stable position. BOTOX® therapy can help you relax your jaw muscles. Precision bite adjustments alleviate TMJ symptoms and improve the look of your smile. Dr. Coates can also screen for sleep breathing disorders which can trigger TMDS.

Dr. Coates may recommend orthodontic treatment to help realign your teeth and jaw. There are also a few simple at home treatments, including hot & cold pack application, anti-inflammatory medications, and relaxation techniques.

Turn to Dr. Stephen Coates DDS for TMJ Relief

Our dental team in Long Beach, CA is ready to discuss your symptoms and coordinate the right approach to treating your condition. Call our office today at 562-434-6414 or schedule your appointment online.

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How to Spring Clean Your Dental Routine

When spring arrives, many people start purging, organizing, and cleaning up their homes. This yearly happening should extend to your oral health. Spring is the perfect time to schedule your regular dental appointment to keep your smile healthy.

Dr. Stephen Coates, DDS and his Long Beach dental team have the only checklist you’ll need for your dental spring cleaning each year.

Spring Dental Cleaning for Home

Replace Your Toothbrush

The American Dental Association suggests that you get a new toothbrush every quarter. If you notice that the bristles are beginning to fray, you should replace your toothbrush sooner. Make sure you’re choosing the right toothbrush. Go for soft bristles to protect your enamel and gums. Go for an electric toothbrush for more thorough cleaning; ask your dental professional for the best option.

Refresh Your Routine

Make sure you’re properly taking care of your teeth at home. Brush at least twice each day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Ensure that you’re cleaning between the teeth well with string floss, floss picks, or a water flosser. Use a therapeutic or antiseptic mouthwash to keep plaque and gingivitis at bay.

Clean Your Toothbrush Holder

When replacing your toothbrush, clean the germs and bacteria off of your toothbrush holder. Use warm, soapy water, mouthwash, or disinfectant. If dishwasher safe, run it through regularly to keep it clean.

Verify Your Dates

As you check your expiration dates on the food in your fridge and pantry, check those on your mouthwash and toothpaste.

Try Something New

Look around and see which products you’re using. Spring is a great time to refresh your products. Try new flavors or products that target issues that you’ve been having.

Professional Dental Spring Check-Up

Start by scheduling your regular dental checkup. Oral cancer screenings are important, and this appointment is a great time to ask for advice on keeping your teeth clean at home. We must identify tooth decay early on to avoid more costly treatments in the future.

Professional Dental Spring Cleaning

Doing all of these things at home will go a long way to protect your teeth. But you must schedule your routine cleaning. It’s important to get professional cleanings to remove plaque and tartar build-up and polish stains. Our dental hygienist has the tools and skills to ensure those hard-to-reach places are covered.

While you’re in the office, find out about teeth whitening. Your dental office is the best place to receive professional-grade tooth whitening service. The over-the-counter products can be harsh and will generally take longer to achieve good results.

The office of Dr. Stephen Coates, DDS, has several ways to improve your smile and keep your teeth healthy. When you visit regularly, we will notice changes as they occur, giving us the chance to start necessary treatments early.

We offer other restorative care, including fillings, veneers, dentures, Invisalign braces, and more. Get in touch with us today to schedule your dental spring cleaning! You can also give our office a call at 562-434-6414.

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What are Composite Fillings and Do You Need Them?

When cavities develop, dental professionals often suggest fillings to avoid infection and stabilize the tooth. Fillings are the most common dental restoration service in dentistry and the options have grown. While there are several options on the market, amalgam and composite resin are the most common. Here Dr. Stephen Coates shares all the information you need on composite fillings, how long you can expect them to last, how they are applied, and more.

Why Are Fillings Needed?

For cavities in the tooth but not into the pulp, it can be drilled out and filled. This is done because your dentist wants to remove the decay and mitigate the damage in your mouth.

What Are Composite Fillings?

Composite resin fillings offer a natural look as they can be tailored to match your other teeth, so they blend in better than other fillings. They are made of acrylic resin reinforced with a powdered glass filling. The filling is used to repair teeth that are decayed, cracked, or fractured. Dr. Stephen Coates is skilled in matching composite resin filings to your existing teeth, blending them with your natural smile.

Uses for Composite Fillings

These durable fillings are used for:

  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Spacing between teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Veneers
  • Inlays
  • Crowns

Why Choose Composite Fillings

Several filling materials are available, including amalgam, gold, ceramic, and glass ionomer. Composite fillings are durable and resistant to fracture. Used on both front and back teeth, they are perfect for those looking for a natural-looking smile. They are more expensive than amalgam and are not covered by all insurance plans.

How are Composite Fillings Applied

Composite fillings require only one visit to apply. When they are first placed, there may be temperature sensitivity, but this will subside. After the tooth has been numbed, Dr. Coates will remove decay and clean and disinfect the space. He will then place the composite filling, shape, and polish it, restoring the tooth to its original form and function.

Call Dr. Stephen Coates, DDS, for a Filling Consultation

Composite fillings may be the right choice for you to achieve a natural-looking smile with restorative services. They will also protect decay from further weakening the teeth. Dr. Coates will talk with you during your consultation about your options and explain what to expect at the application appointment.

To prevent or decrease the risk of cavities, maintain your oral health with regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste, daily flossing, eating healthy, and visiting with us regularly! Give the Long Beach dental office of Stephen Coates, DDS, a call at 562-434-6414 or request your appointment here.


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Why Dental Health Matters to Your Heart

Dental professionals across the country agree that poor oral health can negatively affect the entire body, including the heart. In particular, bacteria from the mouth entering the bloodstream can lead to infection and inflammation, even in the heart. Studies have shown that those with poor oral health have higher incidences of cardiovascular disease than those with good oral health. They have also demonstrated that having advanced gum disease puts you at a higher risk of heart disease. Here, Dr. Stephen Coates, DDS shares the relation between oral health and cardiovascular disease.

Oral Health and The Heart

The connection between oral health and heart health can be seen in these occurrences:

  • Gum disease is associated with a greater risk of heart disease. Atherosclerosis that leads to issues with blood flow and blockages can increase the risk of a heart attack. Also, it has been revealed that oral bacteria have been found in fatty deposits of those with atherosclerosis.
  • Bacteria from the mouth enter the bloodstream and adversely affect heart valves. Blood vessel inflammation and damage may occur, leading to heart attack and strokes. Endocarditis, an infection of the inner heart lining, can be caused by inflammation.
  • All of the organisms in the mouth can lead to bacterial growth. When teeth are not taken care of correctly, your heart can suffer the consequences.

Staying on Top of Your Oral Health

You can prevent gum disease. To keep your oral health in good shape, the ADA suggests these simple tips to follow including:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day, for at least two minutes with fluoride using a soft-bristled brush
  • Flossing daily
  • Maintaining regular dental checkups and cleanings
  • Avoiding chewing tobacco and smoking
  • Eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet, limiting sugary foods and drinks
  • Visiting your dentist at least every six months for regular checkups

Who is Most at Risk

While those with chronic gum disease have the highest risk for heart disease, the bacteria associated with any level of gum disease can lead to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Once the gum disease is identified, some things can be done to manage your oral health. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Red, swollen, or bleeding, or sore gums
  • Gums pulling away from your teeth
  • Bad breath or taste in the mouth
  • Loose or shifting teeth

Either by a direct or an indirect link, your oral health is a good indicator of your overall health. Take care of your teeth to avoid oral health problems to lower your risk for serious health issues, including heart disease. Visit your dental professional regularly to help them identify signs of cardiovascular problems.

If you have cardiovascular disease, your dentist can offer recommendations to improve your oral health. Dr. Stephen Coates DDS and his team can help you with brushing techniques and dental care products to prevent dental disease and keep your smile sparkling and healthy. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

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