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Drs. John Pinnix and George Betancourt would like to extend our sincerest best wishes to you and your families. We hope that you continue to navigate these most difficult times with strength, perseverance and the promise that we will all soon return to 'business as usual'.

Please note, the purpose of this email is not to go into detail about our office protocols during the current COVID- 19 response. We always have and will continue to maintain the highest level of aseptic and sterilization techniques. Regarding our office hours, we are presently closed as a result of recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Dental Association. For patients with upcoming appointments, trust that we will communicate directly with you via phone call to reschedule them as we learn more about our current situation.

For the time being, we want to extend to you, our patients, the helping hand you need during these times for all things dental. While we may be limited in terms of office hours and available services, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt remain available to you via other modalities. For example, we ask that you please find and follow our social media pages, pinnixandbetancourt on Instagram, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney on Facebook, and @BlakeneySmiles on Twitter. We will use these social media outlets as a means of communication and also a way to provide a Question & Answer forum for general questions anyone may have.

For personal/private needs related to ongoing treatment or your dental health, we will be available to schedule a virtual consultation. This may be accomplished via FaceTime, Zoom meeting or other platform whereby we may have a face to face encounter. These will be available to you, our patient, as a courtesy.

These are unprecedented times for us all. We strive to be on the front edge of the capabilities and service we provide our patients. Much of that depends on our availability and communication. We are here and we will, across any medium possible, provide the guidance you need during these difficult times. We ask that you please reach out to us either via email to the office (, one of our social media platforms, or our phone line from which you can leave a message. We will make every effort possible to get back to you in a timely manner.

From Drs. Pinnix, Betancourt and our entire staff at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we hope you and your families manage the COVID-19 pandemic with an abundance of care, caution and respect for the well being of our community.


Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

The Link Between Oral Health and Heart Health

By Dr. Pinnix on March 08, 2016

An older woman with healthy looking gums and teeth It's no surprise that a healthy smile begins with proper dental care, but did you know that your oral health might affect your heart health? The biggest culprit, gum disease, not only poses a threat to the health of our smiles, it may also increase the risk cardiovascular issues. Fortunately, general dentistry treatments, combined with good oral hygiene habits, are highly effective at preventing gum disease and keeping oral health on track. Learn more about the link between dental care and heart health in this overview from Charlotte, NC dentists John M. Pinnix IV and George A. Betancourt.

Gum Disease and Heart Health

Many people are surprised to learn that proper dental care is also vital to maintaining heart health. Studies suggest a strong link between the state of our oral health and certain cardiovascular conditions. Gum disease, a bacterial infection of the gums, is of particular concern when it comes to oral and heart health because patients with severe gum disease are more likely to suffer from heart issues. It is believed this link is a result of oral infections traveling to the heart through the bloodstream, leading to such heart-related conditions as:

  • Endocarditis: Bacteria from oral infections, like gum disease, may travel to the heart, resulting in a condition called endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of the endocardium tissue, the tissue that lines the heart's valves. Endocarditis can cause permanent damage to the valves, impacting the heart's ability to pump blood, resulting in fatigue and heart murmurs.
  • Arterial inflammation: Those with severe gum disease may also be at increased risk of arterial inflammation. Arterial inflammation is dangerous to heart health because it can cause damage to the arteries, including plaque buildup as well as arterial hardening, or atherosclerosis.
  • Stroke: Higher levels of bacteria in the body, as seen in patients with severe gum disease, have been linked to increased incidence of stroke.
  • Coronary artery disease and heart attack: Severe gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of coronary artery disease, the buildup of plaque within the arteries that supply the heart with blood. When the coronary arteries become blocked, the heart is unable to receive sufficient oxygen or nutrients, commonly resulting in a heart attack. 

Protect Your Heart and Your Smile

With the strong link between gum disease and cardiovascular issues, it's apparent that proper dental care is vital to protecting heart health. Of course regular exercise and a healthy diet are also important to heart health, but by practicing proper dental care, you can further reduce the risk of heart issues. Follow these dental care tips to help protect your heart and your smile.

  • Brush for two minutes, twice a day: Brush the teeth twice a day to remove plaque and food particles from your teeth and gums. This will reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Also, be sure to brush for at least two minutes every time you brush to ensure thorough cleaning. 
  • Floss daily: Flossing daily is one of the most effective ways to prevent gum disease. When flossing, sweep the floss up and down each side of each tooth and along the gum line to remove plaque and food remnants brushing alone can miss.
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash: Rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash after brushing and flossing can further eliminate bacteria within the mouth, helping to decrease the risk of gum disease.
  • See your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings: Regular check-ups and cleanings should be schedule at least once every six months to catch any oral health issues early. 

Schedule a Consultation

To find out which treatments are right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt.

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