Oral Systemic Health

smilingcouple34Dr. Dean Lodding and the entire Smile for Life Dental team are dedicated to serving you with the best possible care. Protecting the health of your mouth is also beneficial for your overall wellness. Emerging scientific studies are showing many important connections between the health of your mouth and body.

For instance, if you have an infection in your mouth, you may be more at risk for serious health conditions such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Some cancers
  • Pregnancy complications (premature labor, low birth weight babies, etc.)
  • High blood pressure
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Difficulty becoming pregnant

Also, medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis can be affected by oral cancer, gum disease, or infection. In order to offer you the best care and protection, Smile for Life Dental offers preventative oral exams, including oral DNA testing, which could save your life.


Everyone deserves a beautiful smile. Dr. Lodding and Smile for Life Dental hygienist Stephanie Lodding, RDH are dedicated to spreading the word of the mouth-body health link. They are both active participants in the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH). The AAOSH is a network of medical and dental health care leaders, working to change awareness of oral health and its connection to whole body health. By changing professional and public behavior, the important role of the oral-systemic link (how the mouth and body wellness are connected) will be more understood.

Dr. Lodding and Stephanie are proud to be deeply involved in the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. This partnership of physicians and dentists is genuinely committed to exploring the link between oral health and overall wellness, and aims to elevate the dental industry to a general health care profession. Dr. Lodding and Stephanie are honored to have worked side-by-side with dental and health care leaders, including Dr. Michael Roizen, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, and many more dedicated individuals. Stephanie also served as Meeting Chair for 2012 / 2013 sessions of AAOSH and is currently part of the organization’s advisory board.

A visit to Smile for Life Dental can safeguard your smile – and your health. We proudly provide oral cancer screenings, oral DNA testing and a gentle, thorough examination of the tissues in your mouth. These tests are quick, painless and they provide essential information, both for your dental and total wellness. Our team can also help you understand how overall health relates to your oral health. Maintaining optimum oral wellness can help you reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, fertility difficulty, pregnancy complications, and much more.

With early detection or a risk analysis, Dr. Lodding will be able to offer you a valuable insight into your health. Early detection is vital for the best treatment of any medical condition; request your visit to Smile for Life Dental today.