New Year's Resolution: Get a Great Smile Aspen Dental Offers a Reminder to Remember the Importance of Oral Health

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Aspen Dental Offers a Reminder to Remember the Importance of Oral Health

Aspen Dental urges people to put oral health at the top of their New Year's Resolution checklist. Every year, life decisions such as starting a diet, beginning an exercise routine or spending more time with family stand out as popular resolutions. However, important everyday habits, such as your oral health regimen, often get overlooked.

While most of us are familiar with the general reasons to keep your mouth healthy, including fresh breath, less plaque, and brighter smiles, there are a few more important reasons to move oral health to the top of the priorities list. Good oral health offers a host of crucial benefits and helps ward off other health risks people might not associate with brushing your teeth.

Preventing Periodontal Disease Means Preventing Complications    

Proper tooth brushing can be instrumental in preventing periodontal disease, an ailment that increases the amount of harmful bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria pass through the bloodstream and can cause a buildup of plaque in the arteries around the heart. This buildup can lead to several serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes complications. Nearly 70 percent of adults have some form of periodontal disease, but many people don't know it. "The best way to prevent serious complications from infections like periodontal disease is to make a visit to the dentist," said Maureen Howes, Manager, Hygiene Services, Aspen Dental. "The sooner you evaluate your risk and seek treatment, the better your chances of achieving excellent oral health."

Warning signs of periodontal disease include bleeding gums when brushing or flossing; red, swollen or tender gums, gums that have pulled away from the teeth; and bad breath.

Early Screening Can Reduce the Risk of Oral Cancer

Approximately 30,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2007. Oral cancer can be caused by factors such as smoking, chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol. The disease starts as a small white or red spot anywhere inside the mouth and can affect the lips, tongue, cheek lining or gum tissue. Warning signs include sores that bleed easily or do not heal; a lump or rough spot in the mouth; or difficulty chewing or swallowing.

A proper and consistent dental regimen can help lessen the chances of contracting oral cancer. Oral cancer screenings are part of a routine dental exam, and new technologies can detect signs of oral cancer at their earliest stage. Aspen doctors can perform early detection oral cancer screenings using the Vizilite Plus "glowstick" technology and provide appropriate treatment or referrals to help patients win the battle against oral cancer.

Maintaining a Healthy Mouth

Keep a healthy smile with these easy to follow dental care tips:

  •     Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Don't forget to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth.
  •     Floss at least once a day.
  •     Drink less soda and more water.
  •     Reduce the amount of sticky foods that contain high amounts of sugar.
  •     Visit the dentist at least twice a year.

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About Aspen Dental:

Aspen Dental provides a full range of affordable, convenient dental services, including general and cosmetic dentistry, hygiene, and oral surgery, with a specialty in fixed and removable prosthetic dentistry. Aspen offers a choice of eight proprietary styles of full and partial Comfidents ®dentures. There are more than 90 Aspen Dental offices throughout Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Aspen serves the dental care needs of historically under-served members of the community by focusing on the 40 percent of the population with no regular dentist or pattern of dental visits. Aspen anticipates more than 700,000 patient visits in 2006, including visits from about 100,000 new patients and 20,000 denture patients.


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