4 Critical Reasons to Maintain Good Dental Health

In times of COVID and in 2021, it’s especially important for everyone to take good care of their overall health. One way to help do that is to maintain good dental health. There are many benefits to brushing and flossing regularly, to keeping teeth and gums in good shape, and to visiting Dr. Jim DeCapite twice a year for a thorough check-up. At DeCapite Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we always stress to our patients in the Metro Detroit area that their dental health impacts their overall health.

Dr. Jim DeCapite wants everyone in Livonia, Redford, and the surrounding region to know the four critical reasons to maintain good dental health:

  • Keeping the immune system healthy: It is more important than ever to keep the body’s immune system functioning at its best now. Good dental health practices can reduce the likelihood of infections in the mouth that can cause the immune system to go into overload.
  • Maintaining heart health: We check our patients regularly for infections and inflammation caused by bacteria in the mouth, including gingivitis, because that can play a significant role in clogging arteries. Patients with infections of the gum could potentially be at a greater risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Managing diabetes complications: Gum disease can also influence the body’s insulin resistance. We know that our patients with diabetes, especially, need to maintain good dental health because people who have dental health issues may have a more difficult time controlling their blood sugar levels. Patients with diabetes need to take extra care in maintaining good dental health, to help prevent further complications.
  • Preventing some digestive issues: The digestive process starts with chewing. When there are problems such as missing or painful teeth that keep the chemical processes from working correctly, it can cause other issues in the digestive system. Maintaining good dental health can help improve overall digestive health.

At DeCapite Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we encourage everyone in the Livonia, Redford, Dearborn Heights, Plymouth, and surrounding Metro Detroit communities to learn more about the many ways good dental health can impact overall good health.

Our office is open by appointment. We are conveniently located in Livonia, near the intersection of Schoolcraft and Merriman Roads. Contact our office today to get started on good dental health and good overall health!

Happy Easter, everyone.


This informative post, about dental health, family and cosmetic dentistry, and patient care, is brought to you by DeCapite Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Livonia Michigan. 

Please call us for an appointment today.


734 744 5457

James W. DeCapite, D.D.S.

31644 Schoolcraft Road

Livonia, MI 48150

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The content of this blog article about family and cosmetic dentistry is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice in any manner or form. Always consult a dentist, doctor or licensed medical professional with any questions.

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