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Woman Being Examined for Gum Disease in Libery Lake WA

Your mouth is a gateway to the rest of your body. Many people fail to understand (and value) the strong link between oral health and overall health. You may hear this referred to as oral systemic health or the “mouth-body connection.” Regardless of what you call it, the relationship between mouth and body is one that needs to more attention.

Dental problems don’t always stay in the mouth. Gum disease is a perfect example. Gum disease begins when plaque builds up and hardens along the gum line. What starts as puffy, red or bleeding gums can quickly progress into a more advanced stage of gum infection if it is not treated. Not only is gum disease the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States, but it can also contribute to several serious overall health conditions.

When excessive bacteria accumulates in the pockets between inflamed gums and teeth, it can enter the bloodstream and become a systemic concern. Bacteria from gum disease that escapes past the mouth can aggravate existing problems in the body as well as create new ones.

The following conditions are associated with periodontal disease:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Endocarditis
  • Premature birth and low birth weight
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease

If you have gum disease, it doesn’t mean you will automatically get Alzheimer’s or have a heart attack. However, it does mean that you may be at a greater risk for these serious conditions. Fortunately, we can prevent many overall health concerns by simply taking care of our mouth.

Prevention is Key

To help protect your overall health, take the following steps towards your dental health:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed
  • Schedule regular dental checkups

Start the New Year off right by scheduling your routine dental cleaning at Liberty Lake Smile Source. We can eliminate the harmful substances in your mouth that could threaten your whole-body health.

Posted on behalf of Liberty Lake Smile Source

22011 E Country Vista Dr, Building A Suite 201,
Liberty Lake, WA 99019

Phone: (509) 927-9279


  • Monday:7:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday:7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday:7:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday:7:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday:7:00am - 4:00pm
  • Saturday:Closed

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Angela W.

As a new patient, I was very pleased with my experience at Liberty Lake Smile. My tooth cracked earlier in the week, and broke off. They were able to see me the same day, addressed the problem, and got me set up with a temporary crown. Dr. Casey, explained what the issues were, and his method was very gentle. The staff was friendly and professional.

Charles K.

Excellent experience all around! I have been going to Liberty Lake Smile Source for about 10 years now and have always have had a great experience. Dr. Casey & Dr. Macall are experts in their field! Friendly staff, state of the art equipment and a brand new building. I would recommend to anyone looking for a good experience with professionals who care.

Mike H.

Dr. Casey, McCall and their entire team are exceptional. They are friendly, gentle, and easy to visit with and I especially loved the pet channel that I got to watch during my visit! My entire family comes to Liberty Lake Smile Source, and will continue to for years to come.