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Stroke Prevention: Routine Dental Hygiene Appointments

Brain StrokeYou may wonder what a tooth cleaning has to do with a stroke—that sudden, devastating paralysis in which blood supply to the brain is blocked.

Simply put, it’s the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries. Yes, their is a direct correlation between the plaque in arteries and the plaque that builds up on teeth and causes inflammation and gum disease if not professionally cleaned from time to time.

A hygiene appointment is probably the easiest and most painless way of eliminating at least one of the risk factors leading to stroke.

Warning Signs—and Responses

Act in time and call 911 if you, or someone you love, experiences:

  • Sudden weakness in hand, arm, leg
  • Loss of feeling on one side of face
  • Loss of sight in one eye
  • Dizziness
  • Lack of comprehension of someone speaking
  • The worst headache ever

Simple tests to determine if someone is experiencing a stroke:

  • Ask the person to smile
  • Ask the person to “raise both arms”
  • Ask for a repeat of a simple sentence: “It is sunny out today”

About Frank P. Scavuzzo, DDS

Home » Meet Us Meet Us Header - Meet Us Meet your local Highlands Ranch dentist. Frank P. Scavuzzo, DDS Dr. Scavuzzo has worked and trained extensively to build a practice that exceeds your expectations of trusted, personalized dental care. He consistently brings his patients only the best that modern dentistry has to offer, by keeping himself and his team informed on the latest advances and available techniques. After attending the University of Denver, Dr. Scavuzzo earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, where he graduated in 1987. Since then, he has kept up-to-date on the newest developments in his field through numerous continuing education courses in improving smiles, creating youthful smiles, and treating jaw, facial and joint pain. He also remains active in the dental community as a member of the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association and the Metro Denver Dental Society. Dr. Scavuzzo’s top priorities are patient comfort and satisfaction. Dr. Scavuzzo and his team look forward to your visit and to showing you the many ways in which personalized dental care can improve your life.

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