Nixa Dental Clinic Helps Raise Awareness About the Silent Killer

Barnett-Davis Dental Group is participating in the National High Blood Pressure Education Month, raising awareness about the silent killer and other conditions like gum disease that have been linked to it.

Online PR News – 02-June-2013 – SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI – The team at Barnett-Davis Dental Group is joining the cooperative effort among professional and voluntary health agencies, state health departments and community groups to reduce deaths and disabilities related to high blood pressure.

"High blood pressure, or hypertension, may not have any signs or symptoms, which is how it got the ominous nickname of the silent killer," said Dr. Marc Barnett, a Springfield Mo dentistry provider. "One out of every three adults is thought to have hypertension."

The awareness campaign coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has taken place every May since 1972. Not only does hypertension overwork the heart and contribute to hardening of the arteries, it increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in the United States.

"Hypertension can almost always be avoided, primarily by reducing sodium intake," said Dr. Tracy Davis, who does tooth implants.

High blood pressure has been linked to another condition that often goes undetected: periodontal disease. This serious dental condition is a chronic inflammatory disease that gradually destroys bone and the supporting gum tissues.

"The National Institute of Health estimates that almost 10 percent of American adults have some form of periodontal disease," said Dr. Kelly Barnett, who founded the Nixa dental care clinic. "Gum disease is also the leading cause of tooth loss in adults older than 35."

Besides hypertension, periodontal disease has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Recent research points to inflammation being responsible for the association, and the theory is that treating inflammation may help manage periodontal diseases and other chronic inflammatory conditions at the same time.

"The best way to combat periodontal disease is with thorough dental hygiene," said Dr. Nick Matthews, a teeth whitening expert. "That includes brushing twice daily, flossing or using an interdental cleaner once a day and seeing the dentist for at least two professional teeth cleanings and examinations each year."

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To learn more about Barnett-Davis Dental Group, call (417) 581-3600 or visit their website (

About Barnett-Davis Dental Group
Drs. Marc and Kelly Barnett, Dr. Tracy Davis and Dr. Nick Matthews practice a full range of cosmetic and general dentistry in the Springfield, MO area. The dental group has been ranked as "Best of the Ozarks" by the Springfield News-Leader newspaper and "Top Dentists" by the local 417 Magazine.

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