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Your dental and cardiovascular health, from Southcenter Dental

February 13th, 2012

You may remember our post from two weeks back, when we discussed February being National Dental Health Month. But did you know February also marks American Heart Month at Southcenter Dental?

It’s a great time to take good stock of the health of your heart, says Dr. Baruffi. Cardiovascular disease remains American's No.1 killer, claiming more lives than the rest of major causes of death, according to the American Heart Association. Studies have shown a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, underscoring the importance of good oral health care.

Visiting our office regularly can help prevent gum disease or at least catch it in its early stages. And because people with dental insurance are more likely to visit a dentist, a healthy mouth begins with a visit to Southcenter Dental. In observance of Heart Month, Dr. Baruffi says it’s also important to know your numbers: blood pressure (less than 120/80), cholesterol (less than 200) and BMI (less than 25). If you have any questions about heart health, or about your treatment at Southcenter Dental, please give us a call today.

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February 6th, 2012

Happy Monday! Dr. Baruffi and our team at Southcenter Dental would like to remind you that through February 26th you have the opportunity to enter our Facebook sweepstakes to WIN an iPad2!

Here’s how to enter: LIKE the Southcenter Dental Facebook page and complete the entry form located in the Sweepstakes Tab on the left hand side of our Facebook page.


Dr. Baruffi and team, celebrating National Dental Health Month

February 1st, 2012

Did you know February is National Dental Health Month?

It's a great time of the year to renew those resolutions about continuing to practice great dental hygiene. Today, we thought we'd discuss the importance of preventative oral care. While most people are familiar with traditional heart-saving practices such as eating healthy and exercising regularly, lesser-known are the benefits that great oral hygiene provides to one’s cardiovascular health.

Here are a few tips to help you continue those New Year's resolutions:

*Remember that poor oral hygiene is linked to serious common diseases such as cardiovascular disease, bacterial pneumonia and osteoporosis. Teeth are the only non-shedding surface in your body, which suggests teeth have the highest bacterial levels in the entire body.

*Brush and floss every day to remove the plaque that can lead to cavities. Flossing daily removes food debris that your toothbrush cannot reach.

*Replace your toothbrush on a regular basis. You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months or after a cold or illness to prevent re-infection. Remember to use a soft toothbrush so you won’t wear off the enamel of your teeth.

*If heart disease runs in the family, a diagnosis of gum disease increases the likelihood of developing heart disease, but an improved oral care regimen and healthy diet can lower the risk.

*Visit our office regularly. The American Dental Association recommends you visit Dr. Baruffi every six months for regular checkups and cleanings. Fluoride treatments twice a year will help prevent tooth decay.

Each February, our team at Southcenter Dental focus on the preventive oral care of our patients. Have you visited our office the past six months? If not, it’s time to give us a call and schedule an appointment!

What helps you or your child relax at Southcenter Dental?

January 23rd, 2012

We know not everyone is always thrilled to visit their dentist for a checkup. But we want you to know we strive to bring you the best and most comforting experience at each visit. So, today we’d like to know: What is it about Southcenter Dental that makes you comfortable or puts you at ease? Is it something about our pleasant environment? Our friendly staff? Is it something about Dr. Baruffi himself?

Let us know by posting below or on our Facebook page!

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