February is American Heart Month! At our office, we want to celebrate this special occasion by informing all of our patients about the importance of a healthy heart as well as a healthy mouth. Did you know recent studies have confirmed a link between the two? Maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine may actually benefit vital organs like your heart. Dr. Leigh Kent and our entire team would like to help you achieve all of your health goals this year, starting with your teeth and gums. Join us as we celebrate American Heart Month by doing three things to ensure a happy, healthy 2016.

Celebrate Your Heart and Mouth All Month Long


Research has shown that periodontal (gum) disease may lead to serious health calamities, including heart disease. The bacteria found in swollen, inflamed gums can easily enter the bloodstream when disrupted. Once there it travels towards the heart and can lodge itself into arteries, causing blockage. If you suffer from tender, red gums that are accompanied by bad breath and a receding gum line, you may have gum disease in Birmingham, AL. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kent to fix the problem before it gets worse. In celebration of American Heart Month, protect yourself against the dangers of heart disease by taking extra good care of your mouth. Our office has come up with a few ways to help you honor this vital organ, and it all begins with your teeth and gums. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Brush your teeth after single meal, or at least twice a day.

2. Floss every night before you go to bed.

3. Schedule an appointment with your favorite periodontist, Dr. Kent.

Contact Us Today

If you suspect you may have gum disease in Birmingham, AL, or if you just want to visit with an experienced periodontist about dental concerns, give our office a call today. Reach our office by calling (205) 255-3811.