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.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
I was very pleased with my care! They were friendly and very informative. Excellent staff and Dentist.
Chanelle J.
I was a walk in on August 28th. I was experiencing pain in a molar. Not only did I get a chance to see my doctor, but I was able to get a much needed cleaning taken care of.
Harmon P.
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 am a first time patient. My Dr. was AMAZING and his assistant as well!
John C.
Excellent service
Alan C.
My experience with Dental One has been excellent.
Chassie W.
very thorough dental work
Stephen B.
Well organized. I like my dentist.
Veronica T.
Maxine and Brianna are amazing and they always treat me so well!!
Shauna K.
Very credible and competent dental staff. Convenient hours
Yolanda T.
Very comfortable with Dr. Asher.
Margaret J.
Lisa is great!
Nicol B.
Quick, friendly, professional
Andrew S.
Dr. Wright is very proffesional and was awesome I am giving him personally 5 stars for how he explains what is wrong, what needs to be done, and he is painless he did an amazing job so far have to go […]
Phillip M.
Dental One of Columbia has a fantastic staff from the doctors, assistants, and office. I have seen Dr. Khleif for a few procedures now. I was very nervous at first but he explained the process and […]
Melinda M.
The gum specialist- Dr. Khleif- and Pat- his assistant- were wonderful. I was hesitant about having this procedure done. They were both reassuring, patient, professional, and highly skilled. I was […]
Amanda M.
Awesome experience when i brought my son for annual and emergency dental treatment. Dentist was patient, caring, sympathetic, and compassionate.
Jaylen C.
Absolutely every staff member I interacted with, from the time I arrived to the time I left, was absolutely very nice, respectful and extremely professional yet friendly.
Sibeso J.
Aide was able to give a great explanation of a crown/cap and show me a model to answer all of my questions. Ended up not needed one but he did a great job calming my fears!
Luke M.
I appreciate the professionalism and thorough nature of your providers.
Donald K.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (410) 346-2350
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