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Toronto, Ontario – February 22, 2015 — Good oral hygiene isn’t just about having a pretty set of pearly whites: taking care of your teeth and gums can prevent major health problems later on.
“The mouth is a critical factor in determining what is going on in the rest of the body, but most people don’t connect their mouths to the rest of their bodies,” says Anaida Deti, a registered dental hygienist and owner of Dental-X Smile Centres in Toronto, Ontario. “Tooth decay and gum disease may contribute to many serious health conditions.”
When you consider that the human mouth harbours up to 700 different types of bacteria, brushing, flossing and getting your teeth screened regularly takes on a new kind of urgency. Poor oral hygiene leaves the door wide open to bacterial infections.
“Bacteria from oral infections can enter the bloodstream or airways and travel to other parts of the body, and they have the potential to worsen or increase the risk for other types of health problems such as heart disease, stroke and respiratory disorders,” says Deti.
Research from Ireland and the UK suggests that people who have bleeding gums from poor dental hygiene may be at increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke as bacteria in the mouth can lead to blood clots that interrupt the supply of blood to the heart or the brain.
In addition, inhaling germs from the mouth can lead to bacterial respiratory infections or worsen existing lung infections, such as bronchitis, pneumonia and emphysema. Links between gum inflammation (gingivitis) and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as pancreatic cancer, have also been found, and oral bacteria can increase blood sugar levels, causing complications in diabetics.
If your gums are puffy, red and bleed easily, you may have gingivitis: a mild form of gum disease. Because gingivitis is usually not painful, you may not even know you have it—which is why those routine dental examinations are so important.
“Gum disease affects about 75% of adults,” says Deti. “In the early stages, it can often be reversed with regular visits to your dental hygienist. More advanced stages will require surgical treatments.”
The latest technology in gum disease prevention is Periowave, a quick and painless laser treatment that works to kill bacteria associated with gingivitis. This safe and effective chair-side treatment is available at Deti’s Toronto clinics.
Deti’s Dental-X Smile Centres are part of a new trend of dental clinics staffed uniquely by registered dental hygienists and dental assistants. Dental hygienists are able to perform a thorough dental examination for clients before determining if a visit to the dentist is necessary. These clinics also offer a variety of other services, including professional teeth cleaning, stain removal, sealant application, teeth whitening and denture care. By booking an appointment with a dental hygienist instead of a dentist, clients can expect to pay a lot less—making this important part of our health regime more affordable.
At her clinic, Deti specializes in preventative dentistry—with the aim to offset serious health conditions down the road. “The best dental advice is to take care of your teeth as much as you can by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and visiting the dental hygienist/dentist at least twice a year for a dental checkup,” she says.
Anaida Deti is the CEO of Dental-X Smile Centres. She is also a registered dental hygienist. She is an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants’ Association, Ontario Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Toronto North Dental Hygienists’ Society. Since 2010, she has been elected as the ODHA Ambassador for Toronto North. She serves on the Newsletter Advisory Committee for the ODHA publication, Focus, and in 2012 she also joined the ODHA Public Awareness Advisory Committee.
As well Anaida Deti is very involved with her charitable work. She offers free dental hygiene services for unprivileged people every February close to Valentines day. She is also the founder of KIND free services for unprivileged kids up to 16 years old (see attached link)
In addition to performing clinical duties and educating patients about their oral hygiene, Deti works with doctors and their dental staff to educate them on how to use digital X-ray equipment. She is also an oral health educator for dental conventions.