This Valentine’s Day, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) encourages men and women of all ages to love the gums you’re with. This health initiative spreads awareness for the holistic connection between the mouth and body—emphasizing the ways gum disease may significantly increase your risk of developing other serious illnesses. Visit this article to learn more about the AAP, gum disease, and ways to prevent serious illness.

Holistic dentistry studies the connections between the mouth and the rest of the body. In past articles, we’ve explored how gum disease can increase the risk of heart disease. This mouth-body connection is just one of many examples that show how each piece of the human body is connected to the next. Below are two new studies that indicate another connection, one that may surprise most readers.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), men and women who suffer with diabetes are at a higher risk for developing periodontal disease (gum disease). For medical professionals, the new link is just another piece of evidence illustrating the complex and interconnected nature of the human body. But for adults who suffer with type I or II diabetes, the research is a clear warning to stay vigilant in the fight against oral infection and tooth decay.

Does gum disease cause heart disease? According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), there is strong evidence in support of the answer yes. And with 47% of American adults suffering with periodontal (gum) disease, the number of individuals at high risk for cardiovascular issues like heart attack and stroke is staggering.

Breast thermography is a non-invasive, non-radioactive, and painless procedure for detecting breast cancer. An estimated 1 in 12 women have breast cancer, according to statistics gathered by the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Early detection is critical when it comes to identifying, treating, and surviving breast cancer. This January and February, Assure A Smile invites Miami residents to schedule a breast thermography appointment to remain proactive in the fight against this pervasive disease.

This December, Assure A Smile invites patients to create straighter, whiter, and healthier smiles! Two of our most popular specials are back through the month of December, offering unprecedented savings on our most popular teeth whitening and orthodontic procedures. Through December 31st, patients save $1,000 off Invisalign® invisible braces, as well as newly discounted Venus White teeth whitening systems for just $199. Hurry— this offer ends with 2015, leaving just over a week to take advantage of these exciting new offers!

Ozone therapy is relatively new to the field of dentistry, though ozone has been used for many years to accomplish a number of health and wellness initiatives. For instance, major American cities use ozone as a means of sterilizing public water. Moreover, major food and beverage distributors are known to use ozone to sterilize fruits, vegetables, sodas, and bottled waters we enjoy every day. Even large commercial facilities, ranging from shopping outlets to manufacturing centers, often use ozone in conjunction with air purification systems to reduce airborne bacteria and pollutants.

A healthy pH level is one of the most important factors behind a healthy smile, yet few patients understand how to improve the alkalinity of their mouth. Put simply, alkalinity describes the ability of water to neutralize acidic substances. Acids in the oral cavity are what causes tooth enamel to wear away, eventually leading to…

According to the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 8% of Americans suffer with bruxism. Better known as teeth grinding, this condition can be problematic for those afflicted, as well as anyone who sleeps in close proximity. In the past, the downside of bruxism was thought to be limited to damage inflicted within the oral cavity. For…

The side effects of smoking are well documented and widely known. Now, a new study has found secondhand smoke to be among the most critical factors causing the rise in dental caries (cavities) among children.

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