Dr. Reitano understands the importance of practicing good oral health and encourages patients to take good care of their teeth and gums in addition to making regular visits to the dentist. He understands why it’s important to take care of our teeth and what happens when we don’t. When we neglect our teeth and gums we not only run the risk of developing illnesses like gum disease, but, because our mouth is the start of our digestive system, we also compromise the health of other parts of our body.

Periodontitis: When Oral Health Declines

The spreading of oral bacteria that causes gum disease, also known as periodontitis, has also been linked to other forms of cancer. Low-grade systemic inflammation related to periodontitis helps spread harmful bacteria to other parts of the body, which can be instrumental in the development of oral and pancreatic cancers according to research that was published in the British Journal of Cancer. As a result, the Reitano Dentistry team recognizes the importance of prevention and early diagnosis when it comes to periodontitis. Practicing proper oral hygiene and seeing your Virginia Beach, VA dentist every six months are two strategies that are extremely beneficial when it comes to keeping gum disease at bay. This measure also greatly reduces the risks of developing other disorders that may stem from oral health issues.

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