Mouth-Body Connection

Your oral and overall health are very closely linked. Dr. Tanya Vlacancich takes into account your general health and wellbeing as well as your dental health when planning and providing treatments. Our goal is always to promote your health long-term so that you can enjoy a healthy quality of life as well as a beautiful smile. To learn more about the mouth-body connection in College Point and Whitestone, New York, and schedule your appointment with our experienced dentist, please contact our office at 718-747-0020.

Taking good care of your mouth is incredibly important, and not only for the impact of good oral hygiene on your smile. A healthy mouth helps your keep your teeth as you age and prevent problems such as bad breathtooth decay and gum disease, but it also helps ward of medical disorders to keep you healthy. On the other side, an unhealthy mouth increases your risk of serious health problems, such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes and preterm labor.

Your mouth is a window into the rest of your body and is often one of the first places where a developing disease can be detected. For example, conditions such as AIDS or diabetes may first become apparent through mouth lesions or other oral problems. According to the Academy of General Dentistry

, more than 90% of all systemic diseases, or diseases which affect your entire body, produce oral signs and symptoms.

Fortunately, your mouth has several defenses against disease and infection. One of the most prominent is your saliva. Saliva contains antibodies that attack viral pathogens and proteins which inhibit the growth of or eliminate disease-causing bacteria and fungus. However, while your saliva helps protect you against some problems, it cannot always keep your mouth healthy on its own. This makes it crucial that you practice good oral hygiene at home, including brushing several times each day and flossing daily. We also strongly recommend that you make and keep all your regular appointments with our dentist. This combination of at-home and professional preventive care helps minimize your risk of developing a problem so that you can continue to enjoy good oral and overall health.

If you have any questions about the mouth-body relationship or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today.

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  • I had scheduled an appointment with Dr. Vlacancich while my usual dentist was on vacation, and the office made time to see me very quickly. I was able to fill out my paperwork online, making the process extremely easy when I arrived at the office. Dr. Vlacancich and her staff were extremely welcoming and friendly and talked me through every step, even fitting me in for a cleaning after my issue was resolved. I can't say enough good things. There was not a single bit of pain, and I will definitely be returning for my next cleaning as well as recommending Dr. Vlacancich to my friends and family.

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  • Our family (all 5 of us) have been coming here for over 12 years and we have been treated like family. Dr. Tanya always makes time to speak with each and every one of us. She takes in to account our comfort and any concerns we have regarding our care. Her office is clean and modern. She makes coming to the dentist a non-event and we always look forward to having our check up and cleaning every time. Her staff is friendly and always makes us feel welcomed. We would recommend her highly to anyone looking for a dentist in the area.

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  • Dr. Tanya Vlacancich is a gentle, kind, and knowledgeable dentist. My family and I have been going to her for many years & we are very happy!

    - Donna S.

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