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Dakota Dental Helps Individuals Understand the Connection Between Proper Dental Care and Overall Good Health

Apple Valley dentists, Dr. Shelley Wakefield and Dr. Bennett Isabella, speak to community organizations to encourage an understanding of the importance of good oral healthcare and its positive effect on overall health and wellness.

Apple Valley, MN, November 23, 2011 --( Apple Valley dentists, Dr. Shelley Wakefield and Dr. Bennett Isabella, along with the staff at the Dakota Dental Apple Valley Dental Clinic, are reminding the community of the significance between oral hygiene and proper dental procedures and an individual’s overall physical health.

Untreated dental problems such as gum disease can contribute to various diseases and conditions. By allowing bacteria to enter the bloodstream, gum disease can cause an infection in other parts of the body including the inner lining of the heart – a condition called endocarditis. Research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke may all be linked to oral bacteria, possibly due to chronic inflammation from periodontitis — a severe form of gum disease. Gum disease in women has also been connected to premature birth and low birth weight. Research is also suggesting an association between poor oral health and diabetes, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease as well.

“Routine oral hygiene and preventative dental services are important on so many levels,” says Dr. Shelley Wakefield. “Good oral health enables individuals to eat in a healthy manner, speak properly, avoid painful dental and oral health problems, look good, feel confident about their appearance and also promotes overall good physical health. Good oral health is vital to an individual’s overall well-being and is very achievable with personal oral care and general dental services.”

The Dakota Dental Apple Valley Dental Clinic suggests the following to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease which can lead to more serious health problems: brush and floss well and regularly, replace your toothbrush every three to four months, eat a healthy diet with limited snacks and schedule routine dental services to prevent oral disease.

Dr. Shelley Wakefield and Dr. Bennett Isabella speak to schools, scouting, parenting and church groups and other organizations to promote an understanding of the importance of good oral health and wellness.

Dakota Dental Apple Valley Family Dentistry serves the southern Minneapolis/Saint Paul suburbs. Located in the Pennock Professional Building in Apple Valley, Minnesota, Dakota Dental Center provides comprehensive dental work including, but not limited to, preventative dentistry services, restorative dental procedures, dental implants, periodontal disease treatment, dentistry for kids, low anxiety dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign and dental emergency services.

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Dakota Dental
Dr. Shelley N. Wakefield
14682 Pennock Avenue
Apple Valley, MN 55124

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