Dr. James Speckman,
located in beautiful Ventura, California, provides the finest
cosmetic dentistry at Speckman Dental Care.
Proudly serving patients from Ventura, Ojai, Oxnard,
Camarillo and surrounding areas, Dr. Speckman provides friendly
pain-free service with the latest technology
including Cerec Crowns.
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Saturday and evening appointments are available.
Call Us at (805) 644-9751, or book an
just a cleaning........!"
You may have said these very words
in the past. We, as dental
professionals, may have minimized
the importance by saying "It's just
a cleaning today!" as you were
checking out after your appointment.
As time progresses and science
advances, more information comes to
light. Dental cleanings promote good
dental health and also effects one's
overall systemic health.
Over the last few decades,
scientists have discovered
periodontal (gum) disease is a
result of the interaction between
the bacteria in the mouth and one's
immune response to the infection.
The gums become inflamed and
pro-inflammatory mediators give rise
to periodontal disease. Basically,
the bacterial plaque creates an
infection and the body responds by
using its mobile army called the
immune system to fight the
infection. All the fallen soldiers
sacrificed to fight the infection
create a zone of inflammation.
These same pro-inflammatory mediators
that are present in gum disease are
involved in heart attacks, strokes,
diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and
even Alzheimer's disease. Chronic
oral inflammation may enhance the
negative effects of all these
So the next time you say, "Oh, it's
just a cleaning!", you may want to
add "...and it just might help me to
live longer and a lot healthier to
And so it goes.....
Dr. James Speckman D.M.D.
Doctor of Dental Medicine:
University of Florida College of Dentistry, 1985
American Dental Association
California Dental Association
Santa Barbara/Ventura County Dental Society
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is an
inflammation of the gums
often caused by plaque. Many people don't know they
* 1 in 2 American adults
* It's usually
painless, but it can get
worse if left untreated.
* If left untreated,
it can lead to periodontitis,
which can result in bone
decay and tooth loss.