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A lot of people think that dental health is just about your teeth — getting them straight, bright, and cavity-free. As a celebrity fitness trainer in Hollywood, whose clients always have to be ready for their close-ups, I understand the importance of a beautiful smile and set of teeth!

But beyond just the cosmetic aspect, recent research is proving that the more diligent you are about your oral hygiene, the healthier you may be overall. Various studies have suggested that what goes on with our teeth and gums can influence multiple systems in our bodies — even our heart health! This connection may seem a bit far-fetched, but more and more data is backing up the notion that what happens inside our mouths impacts way more than just our teeth and gums.

This is where my friend Dr. Gabe Rosenthal and his incredible team of experts and hygienists comes in. Beyond just the cosmetic, their practice addresses any and every oral health issue you may encounter. From root canals, to same-day crowns, to dental implants, they have your complex cosmetic and restorative dental cases covered. Dr. Rosenthal grew up in a dental family…it’s in his blood, so to speak! So, he and his entire team are totally dedicated to providing the most gentle, personalized, and highest quality care.

Although there isn’t a proven cause-and-effect relationship, researchers acknowledge there is indeed a relationship between oral health and overall wellness. Gum disease, for example, is linked to a slew of issues including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. In fact, it’s considered one of the most common chronic inflammatory conditions in the world, because our mouths are the ultimate portal of entry for infections. The theory is that inflamed gums can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream, which may lead to more inflammation in other parts of our bodies — such as the heart or the lungs.

I’ve actually heard some really crazy stories from clients about how they were able to catch underlying, chronic conditions — like high blood pressure and anemia — because their dentists saw something during their bi-annual check-up that indicated something else may be wrong, and recommended that they see their primary care doctor to check it out. So don’t put it off — visiting your dentist every six months to get your check-ups and cleanings is a simple way to keep an eye on your overall health.

All this said, please don’t get me wrong! I understand that the cosmetic stuff is really important, too — like teeth-whitening and straightening. No worries because Dr. Rosenthal and his staff are the best in the business, and offer all the latest whitening treatments and Invisalign.

So let’s all step up our oral hygiene routine to improve our overall wellness! To find out more about all the dental services Dr. Gabe Rosenthal and his team provide, check out his website, and follow all their happenings on Facebook, and Twitter.

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