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How Important Is Oral Health To One’s Overall Health? Marietta, GA
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While taking care of your mouth, teeth, and gums is an admirable goal in itself, there is a growing connection between oral health and overall health. Thus, while regular visits to the dentist are important in order to maintain good dental health, they provide a window into one’s overall health. When asked, “How important is oral health to one’s overall health?” dental professionals agree when they say—very.

There are a number of oral indicators associated with systemic disease. Such is the case with type 2 Diabetes. For a number of years, dentists have noted that patients with diabetes have an increased risk of periodontal (gum) disease. In the same way, patients with developing periodontal (gum) disease have an increased risk of type 2 Diabetes. Perhaps the thread tying these links together is inflammation. When gums are diseased, inflammation is present—not only in gum tissues, but in the entire body. Research suggests that increased levels of inflammation affect the body’s ability to process sugar normally.

Similarly, bacteria from oral infections can lead to heart disease. It’s believed that unhealthy bacteria enter the bloodstream and eventually settle in blood vessels, creating a blockage. This is further supported during studies of atherosclerosis, as periodontal bacteria have been found in blood vessels.

While oral inflammation and infection are tied to type 2 Diabetes and heart disease, they are potentially harmful in a different way for females that are pregnant. Because inflammation associated with periodontal (gum) disease, including Gingivitis, stimulates the release of the hormone prostaglandin, those expecting may experience early labor and a low birth weight baby.

Given the importance of connections between oral and overall health, patients have an even greater reason to invest in their oral health. Why? Investing in your oral health is investing into your overall health.

We Want Patients To Experience Long, Healthy Lives

At Pure Smiles Dentistry, we believe that quality dental care should be available and affordable for everyone. Because we want our patients to experience long, healthy lives, we’re committed to providing a place where families experience high-quality dentistry in an environment that is comfortable and convenient—not intimidating.

To schedule your appointment, the team at Pure Smiles Dentistry in Marietta welcomes your call today!

Posted on behalf of Pure Smiles Marietta

2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Phone: (770) 422-8776

FAX: (770) 428-2207


Mon - Wed: 7AM – 7PM
Thu, Fri: 7AM – 4PM
Sat: 8AM – 3PM, twice a month

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What Pure Smiles Marietta Patient Says

5.0 / 5.0

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  • Kim P.

    Dr Patel answered my call for practically in the middle of the night. He came and had no other appointments for the day! Just to help me. The facility was immaculate and him and his hygienist were so helpful. I wish I remembered her name. It had been a while since I had been to the dentist and they never made me feel judged. Great team of people. If you are looking for a dentist give Dr. P and his team a try you won't be disappointed! See u in 2 weeks Dr. P.!i

  • Lisa O.

    Hands down the best dentist I have found. I took all three of my kids and myself. This is a welcoming, child-friendly team. It is readily apparent how well this team works together to make every patient, no matter what age, feel comfortable. I appreciate these people so much. Thank you for being such an outstanding dentist team, Pure Smiles!

  • Carmelita Ch.-H.

    Doctor/Staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Always make sure you feel comfortable. Pam is an excellent Hygienist. Office space is always clean and tidy. I would recommend this office as we have been going there for the past 12 years.

  • Hudson H.

    I usually HATE the dentist! I saw all these good reviews and was a bit skeptical, but after visiting this office I now know they’re all legit. Pure Smiles made me feel comfortable and was very considerate to me. I normally leave the dentist angry, this time however I was so pleased! Everyone was empathetic and went over and beyond to help me. Everything from scheduling to payment options, they cared. I actually want to floss now.

  • Michelle P.

    I only have positive things to say about Dr.Patel and the staff at Pure Smiles in Marietta. I was in bad shape with a wisdom tooth that needed to be removed. I was seen the same morning that I called, and everything was finished in under an hour. I received a check-up call that afternoon, which I felt was very thoughtful. I went back for an overall exam the following week, and I left their office feeling great about my future dental health. Do not hesitate to call Pure Smiles. The staff is kind, efficient, and up-to-date on dental advances.

  • Kashni S.

    Everyone from the front desk to our Dentist was wonderful. Dr. Sanil Patel was truly impeccable - everything was clean. He offers various services to meet all your cosmetic and medical dental needs in one place!! Check it out for yourself.

Visit Us Today!

We are conveniently located on Dallas Highway near many restaurants and shops!

2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Mon - Wed: 7AM – 7PM
Thu, Fri: 7AM – 4PM
Sat: 8AM – 3PM, twice a month