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Oral Healthcare Specialist

Minal Patel, DDS -  - General Dentist

Park Place Smiles

Minal Patel, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Glendora, CA

Oral health care is an area that far too many people overlook. For residents in and around Glendora, California, Minal Patel, DDS, and the team at Park Place Smiles offer top-quality oral health care services, giving you the tools and support you need to keep your smile healthy and happy. Booking an initial visit is as simple as calling the office or requesting an appointment online.

Oral Healthcare Q & A

Why is oral health care important?

A growing body of evidence supports the link between your oral health and overall health. Tissue changes within your mouth can lead to serious health problems throughout the rest of your body, which is why oral health care is just as important as routine physical exams. 

Researchers have linked numerous health conditions to oral health, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pregnancy and birth complications
  • Pneumonia
  • Endocarditis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease


When you think about it, these links make sense. Any disruption within your gum tissue offers an easy pathway directly into your bloodstream. 

The mouth is filled with a mix of harmful and helpful bacteria, and advanced gum disease allows that bacteria to enter your bloodstream, where it can cause widespread problems. 

What is professional oral health care?

When you come in for your comprehensive oral health evaluations, Dr. Patel and the team work to ensure your mouth is as healthy as possible. These visits include screening for oral cancers as well as other tissue changes. 

Like many cancers, oral cancers often respond best when treated in the earliest possible stages. Dr. Patel has the education, training, and experience needed to check for cancer during oral examinations.   

During your visit, you learn if you need restorative or periodontal care to address dental decay or gum disease. If you are curious about cosmetic dentistry options, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the latest advancements in dental aesthetics. 

What can I do to support my oral health at home?

Embracing a solid oral hygiene routine is the best way to support your oral health between professional oral health care visits. Dr. Patel is always happy to review proper brushing and flossing techniques during your visit. 

Brushing twice a day is a great place to start, but you should also consider a quick brush after consuming sugary or sticky foods. Even rinsing your mouth after a sugary drink can make a difference in the speed that harmful bacteria can multiply within your mouth. 

Even though you should always keep an eye out for changes in the soft tissues of your mouth, no self-exam can match the thoroughness of a professional exam. Dr. Patel has access to lighting and magnification tools to ensure a comprehensive visual inspection of every portion of your mouth. 

If you’re overdue for a professional oral health care examination, call the office to set up an appointment. Online booking is also available.