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Boyd: Good Overall Health Linked to Good Oral Healthcare, Including Regular Dental Visits

It wasn’t long ago that most people thought oral health and hygiene weren’t important to overall health, especially compared to other factors such as diet and exercise. But as research shows how bacteria in the mouth can influence the rest of the body, the link between one’s oral health and general health is becoming stronger. Taking care of the teeth and gums, including regular dental visits, has many health benefits and is key to preventing serious diseases and complications, per Adrian LaTrace, CEO of dental equipment industry leader Boyd Industries.

Bad oral hygiene can lead to significant dental complications, such as periodontitis. This is a bacterial infection that damages the gums and can destroy the bone which supports the teeth,(1) and is already quite common in the United States—in fact, almost half of Americans over the age of 30 are afflicted with this condition.(2)

But it isn’t just the teeth and gums that are affected by harmful bacteria in the mouth. Recent research has linked periodontitis and poor oral health with a host of other systemic issues.(3,4) Harmful oral bacteria are thought to contribute to problems ranging from cardiovascular disease to complications in pregnancy, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetic complications.(3,4)

LaTrace says, “The more we understand the relationship between good oral healthcare and our overall health, the more we realize how important it is to develop good oral hygiene practices, including regular dental check-ups with professional dental providers. It may be possible to prevent some or all of these serious complications, but this means that people need to focus on taking better care of their teeth and gums.”

An integral part of developing good oral hygiene routines and maintaining good oral health includes regular visits to the dentist. However, consumers should be aware that dentists must stay up-to-date on the latest trends and techniques in order to provide the best care possible. Part of this involves treating patients with dental equipment and dental products that are designed to support patients through various procedures and foster oral hygiene habits that will help avoid disease.

“Modern dental equipment makes it easy for dentists to provide top-notch care to their patients. When patients come in for regular check-ups, dentists can demonstrate good oral care techniques and provide education to encourage good hygiene practices. This partnership with patients allows dentists around the country to help prevent more serious illnesses from occurring, especially taking into account what we now know about the relationship between poor oral care and other illnesses,” says LaTrace.

Regular dental check-ups, as well as good oral hygiene habits, may help Americans prevent many of the conditions that are now thought to be related to mouth bacteria. Dentists should encourage these practices and emphasize that taking care of the teeth and gums isn’t just about oral health—it’s a simple, long-term investment in overall health.

About Boyd Industries:

Boyd Industries is a market leader in the design and manufacture of specialty dental and medical operatory equipment. Its high-quality and reliable equipment has been the choice of orthodontists, pediatric dentists, oral surgeons and other healthcare professionals for over 60 years. Boyd’s products include a full line of dental exam, treatment and surgical chairs, dental delivery systems, LED exam and surgical lighting, custom sterilization and storage cabinetry, doctor or assistant seating, and video game consoles.

Boyd equipment is specifically designed to provide maximum practice productivity while incorporating ergonomic characteristics for the doctor, staff and patient. As an original equipment manufacturer, Boyd uses a vertically integrated manufacturing approach to assure it meets high quality standards. This approach allows Boyd to control each step of component fabrication and product assembly. To learn more about Boyd products, please visit

About Adrian LaTrace:

Adrian E. LaTrace comes to Boyd Industries with more than 25 years of leadership in companies ranging from start-ups to large public corporations in the healthcare, renewable energy, and aerospace industries. His experience in developing high-performance organizations is helping Boyd provide leadership for the dental equipment needs of the future.

1.    Periodontitis. Mayo Clinic.
2.    Periodontal Disease Affects Nearly Half of the U.S. Population. American Dental Association.
3.    What conditions may be linked to oral health? Mayo Clinic.
4.    How Poor Dental Care Can Affect Your Overall Health. Colgate.

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