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Your Oral Health

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Society has long valued an attractive smile and shiny white teeth. As science and technology advance, however, we are learning more about the importance of keeping your gums and teeth healthy. Leading the improvement of health by advancing oral health is the vision that guides the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

Quality of Life

Good oral health can positively affect your life in many ways.

Eating/Nutrition

Your mouth is for eating…
"Regular dental care to replace missing teeth or preserve denture function may be critical for the very old in maintaining a balanced diet and consuming adequate amounts of nutrients…" (Source: American Dental Association, citing a University of Iowa study)

Social

When we aren't eating, we're smiling and talking…
"Previous consumer studies have proved that a beautiful smile will make you more attractive. But according to research… a new smile will make you appear more intelligent, interesting, successful and wealthy to others as well." (Source: American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry)

Career

Looking your best helps you succeed…
Three out of four adults believe an unattractive smile can hurt a person's chances of career success (Source: American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry)

Links to Systemic Health

Increasingly, researchers are finding both direct and indirect connections between our oral health and overall health. These links are fundamental to Pacific's patient care philosophy of the importance of considering the whole patient.

Research has shown links between poor oral health and adverse conditions such as:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Low birth weight

The association between oral health and systemic health is still being studied, but all indications are that we will find more and more of these links as time goes on.

Our faculty members have hundreds of years of combined clinical experience and many are leading experts in their fields. Our students are arguably some of the most qualified in the world. Almost any specific question you have about your oral health can be answered by our teams of faculty and students when you are a patient at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.