Dr. Kanani, Woodland Hills Dentist: Bacteria, Dental Hygiene, and Lost Teeth

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A June 11, 2013 University of Michigan study and report has found that “Bacteria That Causes Gum Disease Packs a One-Two Punch to the Jaw.” It's the old problem of the body being its own worst enemy, says Woodland Hills dentist Dr. Kanani, giving 5 reasons why the mouth shouldn't be treated differently than the rest of the body.

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People may not know the name of the “Bacteria That Causes Gum Disease [and] Packs a One-Two Punch to the Jaw,” per the University of Michigan study and June 11, 2013 report (ns.umich.edu/new/releases/21519-bacteria-that-causes-gum-disease-packs-a-one-two-punch-to-the-jaw), but it certainly will affect their future trips to the dentist in Woodland Hills. Dr. Kaveh Kanani, a cosmetic dentist practicing in Woodland Hills, says that patients will notice when dental implant cost are added to a cleaning. The University of Michigan study and a June 18, 2013 article in the Desoto Times Tribune (“Oral Disease Can Affect Overall Health”) provided 5 reasons for patients not to treat mouth issues as different from other health issues in the body (desototimes.com/articles/2013/06/18/news/local/doc51c0b4ec8f398593854433.txt).

1.    Pay attention to bleeding. People will more often go to the doctor for persistent bleeding than they will go to their dentist, says the dentist Woodland Hills. The Desoto Times Tribune mentioned that gums are linked to blood vessels all over the body, including arteries in the heart. Not only are bleeding gums an indication of gum disease, which should be addressed, but they also might provide a link or clue to a bigger health problem.

2.    Gum disease, bone loss, and bacteria have been linked for a long time, but putting a name and some character to the bacteria may help in finding treatments. The University of Michigan found that the bacteria wasn't as big of a problem as the “protective protein” getting overzealous, which led to bone loss. People tend to think that bone loss in the mouth can be fixed, says Woodland Hills dentist Dr. Kanani, when they wouldn't think that of any other degenerative disease affecting the bones in other parts of the body. He adds that fixing is possible, but the cost of dental implants due to insufficient prevention can be more than financial.

3.    In the same vein, the Desoto Times article mentioned a link between another mouth bacteria (P. Gingivalis) and its existence in various body parts: the colon, respiratory tract, and upper gastrointestinal tract. Also, a Dr. Gill in the same article said that bacteria in the bloodstream is thought to increase the risk of heart attack by “13 fold.” Patients may wash their skin daily to get rid of bacteria, especially on the hands, mentioned Dr. Kanani, but they seldom think of the need to get rid of bacteria in the mouth before it spreads to the rest of the body.

4.    While smoking certainly does harm inside the mouth, it's not the only risk factor for dental issues. One oral cancer screening instance, mentioned in the Desoto Times, included a patient who had never smoked, but had a mouth lesion. Alcohol, using dipping or 'smokeless' tobacco, uneven teeth, HPV and even badly formed dentures were all mentioned as possible oral cancer contributors. Once an opening appears in the gums or other parts of the mouth, says Dr. Kanani, the saliva both helps to heal and slows healing – yet another reason to pay attention to abscesses and deep pockets forming between the tooth and gumline.

After gaining a biology degree at CSU, Dr. Kaveh Kanani obtained his doctorate at New York University, but his education didn't stop there. After a series of American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) Maxi courses, Dr. Kanani was awarded an Associate Fellowship, and worked as an associate of southern California facilities such as the West L.A. Dental Health Institute and South Bay Dental. To learn more about Dr. Kanani or relaxed dental implants cost, call (818) 962-1141 or feel free to visit woodlandhillsdentalspa.com.

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