Comprehensive Dentistry


San Gabriel Valley Area including Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino, West Covina, California

Recent studies have shown that  there is a direct link between your oral health and your overall general health.

Symptoms of some diseases may manifest in puffy gums or loose teeth. Also, bacteria from the mouth may get into your bloodstream which may be harmful causing other diseases.

With our comprehensive dental treatment and periodontal therapy, we look for these symptoms.  This is why your first appointment is so critical.  Dr. Fary Yassamy believes that a healthy mouth requires a healthy body, and vice versa.  With our comprehensive dentistry and periodontal therapy at our cosmetic dental practice in the San Gabriel Valley Area, we treat each patient with an emphasis on your overall health.

Diabetes and Oral Health

Diabetes is a disease that has a known direct correlation to your teeth and gums. Symptoms include cavities, bleeding gums, dry mouth, and possibly infections.  The common factor is blood sugar.  Bacteria thrives on sugar, and if your blood sugar is out of control, as with diabetics, then bacteria levels are also out of control.  Diabetes also lowers the body’s immune defense, which includes defending against gum disease.  It is extremely important that you have your teeth cleaned regularly by a dental professional, as well as brush and floss every day.

Heart Disease and Oral Health

The link between heart disease and your oral health is not clear, but doctors and dentists believe it is  due to the levels of bacteria that make their way into the bloodstream.  It may be from the inflammation caused by the bacteria, or it may be because the bacteria allow plaque to build up in your blood vessels.  Ongoing research will allow your dentist, as well as your doctor, to determine the best course of action once a definite link has been found.  Until then you should continue to brush and floss.

Cancer and Oral Health

Although there are many kinds of things that may cause cancer, oral cancer is most often caused by lifestyle choices.  Using tobacco or drinking alcohol excessively can cause cancerous lesions to appear in your mouth on your tongue, gums, roof of your mouth, and other places.  We believe in the importance of oral cancer screening and look for any signs of lesions during your visit.

However, if you are undergoing radiation or chemotherapy for cancer treatment, you are more susceptible to different oral issues, including:

  • Bleeding in the mouth
  • Oral inflammation
  • Dry mouth
  • Infection

If you have any questions regarding your oral health, contact the comprehensive dental practice of Dr. Yassamy, DDS.  We serve the San Gabriel Valley Area including Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino, and West Covina, California.