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Smile Secrets: "Greening" Your Smile

What you don't know canhurt you. Your smile may be white but that doesn't mean it's healthy. And we're not just talking about cavities here, we're talking about gum disease (periodontitis) and its link to cancer, stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer's and even pre-term, low-weight babies. While researchers are not exactly sure how unhealthy gums can directly lead to these conditions, statistically they have discovered that those with periodontitis are more likely to develop them. One study of 50,000 men in Britain found an increase of 50 percent in both cancer of the kidney and the pancreas.

Now for the good news: Gum disease is preventable and preventing it can be a pleasurable experience! Forget those uncomfortable and dreaded dental checkups. The latest treatment dentists are offering is an organic "green cleaning"- a unique mouth facial that can help thwart gum disease by rebalancing the oral environment and promoting a healthy oral immune system necessary for good dental health. It includes a complete dental/periodontal cleaning and a myofacial massage followed by a revitalizing vitamin/mineral gum mask. And every product used is completely organic.

How does this work?First we remove all plaque and gently scale the teeth.Next, we use an anti-oxidant-rich organic cleansing paste that is free of alcohol and detergents to avoid any harsh and potentially harmful chemicals. The myofacial massage is helpful in eliminating the lactic acid that builds up in facial musculature thus relaxing the face and mouth while the mask soothes the gums, promoting good gum health.

An added beauty bonus is that this type of cleaning can brighten your smile without bleaching. (I actually call mine the Organic Rejuvenation Mouth Facial because patients come out looking so fresh and relaxed). Many of my patients find it so pleasant that they come in for this treatment four or more times a year.

So don't discount the importance of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Good daily dental hygiene habits, nutrition, exercise and regular visits to your dentist are key. Often your dentist can see evidence of other potential health issues in your mouth and recommend that you visit the appropriate medical doctor for early detection of a potentially life-threatening problem. With the right dental care you'll not only be guaranteeing a great smile, you'll be helping yourself to a healthier life.

For more information about green cleaning and organic mouth facials, contact your dentist or go to http://www.rejuvenationdentistry.com

Dr. Gerald P. Curatola is a renowned aesthetic dentist and pioneer in the emerging field of rejuvenation dentistry, which improves patients' overall health and appearance by integrating total wellness with cutting edge oral care and restorative procedures. In addition to his private practice, research, and work as a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU College of Dentistry, he is an internationally sought after speaker, author and expert who has been featured widely in print and broadcast media. For more information, go to DrGerry.net