Bethesda, Maryland Dental Practice- Taff and Levine D.D.S. Issues Gum Disease Warning

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Mark Taff D.D.S. and Brad Levine D.D.S. are raising awareness durining American Stoke Month about the connections between gum disease and other life threatening illness associated with bacteria in the mouth. According to Dr. Levine "a healthy and clean mouth can actually guard against a host of debilitating illnesses. Regular dental check-ups and the daily removal of bacteria that causes inflammation and periodontal disease, reduces the risk of many systemic diseases."

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The Surgeon General reports that at least 80% of American adults have gum disease. Bacteria in the mouth at the very least causes cavities, but the same bacteria causes periodontal disease and can travel through ones bloodstream to other parts of the body causing or complicating systemic illnesses. According to the AAOSH (American Academy for Oral Systemic Health) 93% of people with gu disease are at risk for Diabetes.

They also note that gum disease increases the risk for Head and Neck Cancer along with an increased risk of premature death by 400-700%. Research has found an association between gum disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Pancreatic and Kidney Cancer, as well as the risk of a pregnant mother giving birth to a child with abnormal weight. According to Mayo Clinic, tooth loss and gum disease increases the risk of Alzheimer's Disease and High Blood Pressure, High Blood Pressure can cause a person to be 2x more likely to die from heart disease and 3x more likely to die by stroke.

The good news is "all of this risk can be reduced substantially" according to Dr. Mark Taff. "Removing plaque and tartar from ones teeth with regular brushing twice daily, along with consistent daily use of dental floss will prevent bacteria from finding a permanent home and substantially reduce inflammation."

Anti-bacterial rinses in the form of mouth wash, gives your mouth an extra bacteria fighting boost. The American Stroke Association created the month long awareness campaign to assist the public in understanding the risks involved in not having regular dental visits.

According to Drs. Taff and Levine "some individuals who are at a higher risk for these illnesses may need to see a dentist more than twice yearly".

When visiting our office, your health is our first priority. The entire team strives to provide the highest quality of gentle dental care and is committed to exeed all OSHA (Occupational Safety and Hazard Association) standards for disease and infection control.

About Taff & Levine D.D.S., P.A.

Dr Mark Taff and Dr. Brad Levine have been proudly serving the Bethesda, Maryland community for over 35 years. Both are graduates of the University of Maryland Dental School and are members of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the Academy of Cosmetic Dentists. Their practice has been voted "The Best in Bethesda" by Bethesda Magazine, and is listed as a "Top Dental Practice" by Checkbook Magazine.

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