February is American Heart Health Month at Drews Dental Services

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Drews Dental Services wants patients to know that a healthy mouth is linked to a healthy heart.

February is American Heart Health Month and Drews Dental Services wants to remind patients of the connection between oral health and heart health.

According to the American Heart Association, there is a link between gum disease and heart disease. Gum disease, including gingivitis and periodontal disease, is a leading risk factor in developing heart disease as genetic testing has determined that the plaque that builds up below the gum line is the same plaque that deposits in the arteries.

Approximately 70 percent of the adult population in the United States has some form periodontal disease, a disease of the gums and the bone that supports teeth. Experts say that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have heart disease.

Drews Dental Services says that people can take preventative measures to eliminate both periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease. Most people know about the benefits of diet and exercise, but Drews Dental Services says that oral health is also important to a healthy heart.

To prevent gum problems, Drews Dental Services says it’s important to have regular dental exams. Many patients actually see a dentist more frequently than they see a physician for a physical. Dental exams are opportunities to maintain optimum oral health and monitor blood pressure as dentists can spot receding gums or inflammation. Patients can also take care of their gums at home by brushing and flossing every day as well as using antibacterial mouthwash occasionally.

Schedule an appointment with Drews Dental Services for teeth cleaning or cosmetic dentistry by calling their Lewiston office at 207-782-5308.

About the company:
Located in Lewiston, Maine, Drews Dental Services proudly serves all of Lewiston, and its twin city, Auburn, as well as the surrounding areas in Androscoggin County. Less than one hour from the coast, the mountains, Portland and Augusta, Lewiston is the second-largest city in the state and offers a vibrant community with a small-town feel. As such, Drews Dental Services prides itself on treating every patient as if they were a member of their immediate family. Led by Dr. Peter J. Drews, DDS, FAGD, the team is an experienced group of patient care specialists and dental professionals that put the patient’s needs first. Many new patients have expressed frustration over previous dental providers, which is why Drews Dental Services separates themselves from the crowd by educating patients and dividing treatment plans into elective and necessary treatment options. For more information, please visit http://www.mainedentalclinic.com/.

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