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Great Neck Periodontist Promotes Patient Education

Given the connection between oral and overall health, a new toothbrush isn’t the only thing we should take home from a trip to the dentist. Dr. Jonathan Richter, owner of Cariodontal, in Great Neck, says his goal is to send patients home with the information they need to protect themselves from disease through proper oral care.

“There’s a direct correlation between chronic systemic diseases and the condition of your mouth,” he says. “Periodontal inflammatory disease can have a negative impact on your health because the increased inflammatory response in the body caused by periodontitis is associated with various systemic conditions, such as diabetes, autoimmune diseases, lung disease, cardiovascular disease and more recently Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. It can even affect your pregnancy. Every year, new research identifies another systemic condition linked to bacteria that we find in our mouth.”

Treatments such as prescription drugs and chemotherapy can also increase susceptibility to periodontal inflammatory disease, Richter says. Awareness of these interrelationships can help dentists determine better treatment and prevention.

“Education and prevention are key to maximizing each patient’s unique biochemical makeup and to achieve optimal wellness,” he says. “The more a patient understands their dental health situation, the better they can plan for the future.”

Richter is a dual-trained holistic periodontist (gum disease specialist), a prosthodontist (an expert in restoring teeth), and an expert in implant dentistry.

Location: 310 E. Shore Rd., Ste. 101, Great Neck, NY. For information, call 516-282-0310 or visit See ad, back cover. 

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