Wellness Dentistry

Wellness Dentistry

Here is how your health can benefit from the right dental treatment

Relationship of Gum Disease/Gingivitis with Diabetes, Heart disease, Arthritis & Pancreatic cancer:

Many research studies in the past have shown that people with diabetes have a higher risk of developing gum disease and losing teeth. But a host of new research has shown that the reverse also holds true. People with gum disease have a much higher risk and incidence of developing type II Diabetes. There is many studies that show treating gum disease to achieve healthy gums, can actually lower one's level of Diabetes and sometimes result in less medication necessary to treat or even reversal of the Diabetes into the safe zone.

It has been shown that gum disease is highly associated with the formation of plaque in the coronary arteries which then can cause heart attacks. This happens through an inflammatory reaction in the walls of the blood vessels of the heart. The exact bacteria that cause gum disease and are found in the plaque that forms on your teeth is also found in the plaque that clogs the heart blood vessels. With 75% of deaths from diabetes being because of coronary artery disease, the importance of maintaining healthy gums becomes a priority.

Gum Disease causes a heightened immune response by your body creating a higher level of inflammation in the blood. This in turn causes the body to turn on itself and attack the joints increasing chances of arthritis. 

A recent research team at NYU Medical center discovered a 50% higher chance of Pancreatic Cancer among patients who had present in their saliva  the bacteria P.Gingivalis that is responsible for gingivitis and gum disease.


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Dr. Hekmat's chairside manner is something that should be cloned, and all young dentists and doctors should be able to see the tender insight that this man gives his patients. Dr. Hekmat is one of the nicest, most skillful, most dedicated men I have ever met. I can't believe I was so lucky to have found him in such a huge, busy metropolis as Los Angeles.

John Burbank, CA

Dr. Hekmat has been my trusted family dentist for many years, not only taking care of me--but my wife, sister, mother, brother-in-law and mother-in-law, too! From the warm smiles that greet me when I walk in the door to the compassionate, skillful and concerned care that Dr. Hekmat and his staff provide, my visits to his office are always like visiting a member of the family. ...And I don’t want to forget to mention that I appreciate the fact that in busy Westwood, Dr. Hekmat still provides completely free, validated parking. That’s no small feat in my part of town!

Louis Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Hekmat and his team are true professionals. He is kind and always has time to answer ALL of my questions and concerns. I began visiting him after a a friend referred to me several years ago and I have not visited any other dentists since getting work done with him because he continuously provides me and my family with excellent work. I have had a root canal, crowns, bonding, whitening and removal of amalgam fillings with him and I could not be happier with his work.

He is also totally available for emergencies, something other doctors shirk at. I was on my way to LAX when my front tooth (it was being prepped for a root canal) totally came off, I panicked, called him and drove myself to his office within a hour he had me all patched up.

He never tries to sell you anything, he and his staff know my name and always make me feel welcome and calm the anxiety that comes with getting dental work done.

Lizzie West Los Angeles, CA

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