Dental One Associates of Columbia
10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 410, Columbia, MD 21044

Teeth Cleaning and Lasting Health – Making the Connection

Dental Hygiene

In addition to providing you with an unbeatable clean feeling, research revealed at a recent meeting of the American Heart Association suggests that undergoing professional teeth cleaning also offers an impressive array of health benefits. Given these recent insights into the connection between clean teeth and overall well-being, now may be the perfect time to improve both your smile and your health with a visit to your dental hygienist.

A recent research study suggests that patients who have professional teeth cleaning procedures, in which the gums and teeth are thoroughly cleaned by a dental hygienist, may enjoy upwards of a 24% drop in their risk of heart attack as compared to those who have not undergone such a procedure. Lead researcher Zu-Yin Chen, M.D., reported that patients who had teeth cleaning performed by a dental hygienist saw a 13% decrease in stroke risk.

The study, conducted at the Veterans General Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, involved the records of roughly 100,000 patients, half of whom had received at least one scaling by a dental hygienist, and half of whom had never had even one. The participating patients were monitored for seven years, during which any incidence of heart attack or stroke was noted.

Ralph Sacco, M.D., past president of the American Heart Association, believes this study provides further support for the proposition that regular teeth cleaning in addition to proper home dental care habits such as daily brushing and flossing really can lead to improved heart health and lower risk of stroke.

There has long been an understanding of the connection between the plaque and bacteria produced by gum disease and a hardening of key arteries that can cause strokes. Professional dental cleaning helps eliminate these elements that pose an ongoing risk of inflammation and infection that can cause problems in areas of the body well beyond the mouth.

While the Taiwanese study did not take into account additional factors such as smoking, weight, or demographic makeup, Dr. Sacco suggests that it may simply be that those who follow proper dental care routines and schedule regular visits with their dentist and dental hygienist, also eat a healthier diet and make an effort to stay physically fit.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Columbia, call Dental One Associates of Columbia today at (410) 346-2350 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Columbia. With 11 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Columbia, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Columbia.

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Patient Reviews
Although going to the dentist is not my favorite thing to do, Dr. Barrow makes it a lot easier. I guess I am a Dental One fan.
Mary V.
Caring Service
George P.
The people there are very nice and helpful. They make sure you comfortable. They know how to do their jobs.
Virgini B.
Another great visit @ Dental One. Kudos to my dental hygienist Maxine for her being so good at what she does. She has a clear passion for patient care and well-being, and really enjoys her job. She […]
Jeffrey K.
I always get excellent care from Maxine when I have my regular hygiene appointments. She makes it a pleasant experience to come to the dentist and most people can’t say that.
Linda B.
Fast and courteous service.
Luis V.
Dr.Philippi and her assistant are awesome! They sang to me to keep me calm when I was afraid of the needles!!!!
Adaiah C.
Have developed a good relationship with Dr. Daniel Pahk and hygienist Seema
Carolyn W.
Expertise and courtesy of dentist. Cleanliness of office.
Laurie M.
Caring dentists. Accessible when I need services.
Wardell L.
Real-world people who know their profession and are good at it.
Eric E.
Deeann was amazing. She allayed all of my concerns. Never made me feel bad because of the condition of my teeth or fear of dentists. Gave me good ideas to improve my oral hygiene. I was worried for […]
Tiffany J.
The staff is always very professional and nice. No wait time when I arrived for my appointment.
Darlene H.
Excellent advice and care for individual
Mary W.
Dr. Barrow is the best!!
Vera K.
Although I am not a fan dental work (who is), this was truly a great experience. Dr. Zand and Dr. CT were the best. As soon as I walked in their office, they made me feel comfortable about getting a […]
Ashanti C.
I have been with Dr. Pahk and Maxine since 2015. Although I haven’t visit in some time, everything from waiting in the room to being seen was exactly how I want to be treated. Both Pahk and […]
Liann C.
DeeAnn is a very good hygienist, very caring
Yasmin H.
i am a first time patient. My Dr. was AMAZING and his assistant as well!
John C.
Because you do not over-treat, are not overly aggressive in treatment, and you do not overcharge.
Elizabeth S.
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  • Monday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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