Your eyes may be the window to your soul, but your mouth is the gateway to your body. It’s important to your global health. We are oral physicians who know that ‘people who keep their teeth live an average of ten years longer than people who lose their teeth’ – Charles Mayo, MD.
So what kind of dialogue can we develop from this kind of knowledge and how are we going to interact with you? Do we send it in a letter? Or do we mention it face to face?
Heart Disease – Fatal heart disease was twice as common in those patients with periodontal infection.
Stroke – If your gums are infected, you triple your risk of having a stroke.
Diabetes – Studies show that treating periodontal disease may reduce a diabetic’s blood sugar levels.
Premature, Low Birthweight Babies – Woman with dental infections were 3 times more likely to have premature, low-birth weight babies than women with healthy teeth and gums.
Obesity and Weight Loss – Periodontal disease is our body’s most common chronic infection. Bacteria from gum disease may interfere with fat metabolism, leading to elevated LDL cholesterol and total health.
Osteoporosis – As dental bone density decreases, so does hip bone density.
Pneumonia and Respiratory Diseases – Pneumonia and lung abscesses can result from the same bacteria that cause periodontal disease. 
Cancer – “In January 2007, a Harvard University School of Public Health study uncovered a strong correlation of advanced gum disease in men to a 63% higher incidence of pancreatic cancer. 
These are serious consequences where your periodic oral exams can make a difference in your life. Call now for your consult and oral exam.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD
Hanna Orland, DMD
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Chamblee, GA 30341
 Poor oral hygiene and periodontal disease may promote oropharyngeal colonization by potential respiratory pathogens (PRPs) including Enterobacteriaceae (Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, Enterobacter species, etc.), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Staphylococcus aureus. J. Periodontal 1996 Oct;67(10 Suppl):1114-22. Relationships between periodontal disease and bacterial pneumonia. Scannapieco FA,Mylotte JM.
 Cancer risk increases when gum disease is present. Even the presence of moderate gum disease contributed to an overall 14% increased risk of cancer. These include lung, kidney and blood cancers in both smokers and non-smokers. Chronic advanced gum disease was the most frightening – with an additional fourfold increase in head and neck cancer for each millimeter of related bone loss around teeth.”