Research has indicated possible links between the bacteria causing gum disease and systemic diseases like, respiratory disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cardio vascular disease, pre-term birth, making these why visiting your dentist regularly is a must! When getting your regular dental cleanings and exams make sure to discuss any oral changes or concerns, as your dentist will screen you for oral cancer. Help the office of Dr. Jeff Matilsky help you stay healthier longer and make sure to schedule your regular cleanings and check-ups every six months unless diagnosed differently.