Your Mouth is The Gateway to Your Overall Health

Did you know that your oral health can now be linked to your overall health?

The old saying you are what you eat all starts with the mouth.  The foods we eat, how well we clean our mouth and how often we see our dental professional affects not just our teeth anymore.  Research is now showing a link between the bacteria in our mouth and chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.  This is no laughing matter.  9 Million Canadians are living with diabetes and that number is expected to increase.  Diabetes not only takes its toll on the body but on the mouth too.  Due to the level of sugar in the blood being higher in diabetics (if it is not well controlled) it is harder for the body to fight the bacteria that develops in the mouth.  With this weakened environment it is more common in diabetics to have tooth decay and early signs of gum disease.

The same is true of heart disease.  The condition known as Endocarditis has been linked to the bacteria in your mouth.  If not kept in check the bacteria can be spread through the blood stream and affect already damaged places in the heart.    It may sound bleak but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  You can protect yourself and your teeth too.  ”An apple a day keeps the doctor and dentist away” may not be the best adage to live by.   Making healthy food choices is beneficial in limiting the amount of sugar in your mouth, which in turn leads to less gum harming bacteria, but that alone is not enough.  To achieve optimal health one needs to add a good oral home care routine, and yes that means brushing AND flossing daily.  Last, but certainly not least, regularly seeing your dental professional is of great importance for the health of your gums, and teeth, We at Dr. Cernea’s office are committed to your dental health, and are here to serve all your dental needs. Lindy

references used:
Canadian Dental Association Website
Mayo Clinic Website
Canadian Diabetes Association Website

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a chronic infection and like any infection, it can and should be cured as it draws energy from the immune system. Good homecare techniques customized by  your dentist and dental team are critical. You are responsible for your health – be knowledgable and informed, ask your dental team for information. They are your best resource. Ask your dental team about your unique risk factors for gum disease and how to best modify them so you keep your gums healthy. Inexpensively. For life.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Ask your dentist and dental team about how to improve your smile. Ask about whitening. Is it safe? Does it work? Is it for you? How does it compare in cost to other procedures?Does it last?Your dental office is your best resource for this information; speak with them.
Ask your dentist about porcelain veneers and crowns to whiten and straighten front teeth as an alternative to braces. Ask about bonding to achieve similar results. Is it less expensive? Does it last?


Not all teeth can or should be saved. Likewise not all teeth can or should be replaced if lost! Ask your dentist about implants as a tooth replacement option. They are becoming more mainstream  and only your dental team can teel you if they are an option for you. Learn the whys and hows of this exciting treatment option from your dentist.

Whitening & What You Should Know

Whitening is not for everyone. There are certain medical situations which would  make whitening inappropriate as an elective cosmetic procedure. Whitening does not work for all people or all teeth. Ask the knowledgeable dental team at Guiltinan  Family Dentistry why. Find out why whitening toothpastes rarely work and why. Only a trained professional can evaluate your mouth, your teeth, your medical background and determine if it is a safe, effective procedure for you. Find out  why instant gratification whitening systems like Zoom increase risk of tooth and soft tissue damage and may not get your teeth any whiter than take home trays. Find out about the several significant drawbacks of “whitening strip” style systems.