In our office we encourage our patients to take responsibility for their health. This includes systemic health as well as their teeth and gums. Oral health is an essential part of overall health. Research has shown a link between oral health and diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and possibly stroke. Eating healthy foods and avoiding sugary snacks, sodas, acidic soft drinks or sports drinks are a good way to prevent cavities and the need to restore your teeth while maintain a healthy smile. Daily hygiene and regular professional cleanings and exams with our dental team are essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums.