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Welcome to the website of R. Shawn Essey, D.M.D., L.L.C., a distinguished dental care provider serving the dental needs of patients in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Essey and his team of skilled professionals work together to provide quality dental treatment solutions for children, teens and adults. We strive to provide personalized and thorough dental care to achieve comprehensive dental wellness. From common problems to gum disease, we provide an array of dental services to meet your dental needs. Please see our Services link under Comestic Dentistry for an in-depth look!  


We are proud to announce that Dr. Essey has again been selected as a Pittsburgh Top Dentist for 2017!!!!!  Congratulations to Dr. Essey and staff!!!   

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World Heart Day is September 29!

The link between Oral Health and Heart Disease

 Did you know that millions of microbes live in your mouth?

Frankly, your mouth is prime real estate for your average bacteria-it's warm, moist, and has a steady stream of food.  Who wouldn't love it!

Actually the bacteria in your mouth are friend and can also be foes.  Some of them assist with breaking down food for digestion.  Those are the good guys.  Sad to say the others can really wreak havoc on your teeth and gum.  They are the cause of cavities, gum disease, and can cause the loss of bone and eventual tooth loss.                                      

Unfortunately sometimes these bacteria can leave your mouth and enter other parts of your body!



  The answer seems to be yes and yes!

Studies are underway to determine the exact mechanisms that may make a definitive bridge between oral health and heart health.  The early findings point to a connection between your mouth and the rest of you.

If you suffer from periodontitis ( a gum disease that causes the loss of tissue and bone) ,every time that you chew bacteria are released into the bloodstream as well as when you brush your teeth.  The oral bacteria also create toxins that resemble proteins found in the artery walls.  The immune system responds to the toxins in such a way that could harm the vessel walls.

One of the primary functions of the immune system is inflammation.  This is designed to destroy the enemy of the body.  The enemy is anything the body perceives as a threat, such as certain proteins like those released b y oral bacteria.  Research findings also indicate the inflammation in the mouth incites inflammation throughout the body.  Inflammation in the arteries is a factor for heart attack and stroke.

Scientists have found that plaque found in one part of the body is similar to plaque in other parts of the body.  Several species of bacteria that are responsible for the gum disease periodontitis are also found in the plaque in the arteries in the heart and elsewhere.  That form of plaque can lead to heart attack!

So now that you see there is strong evidence of correlation between oral health and your overall health talk to Dr. Essey and our team of hygienists about maintaining your oral health.  Frequent cleanings, along with regular brushing and flossing are necessary to keep you and your heart healthy and happy!



No matter what day or week it is this month we hope it is wonderful!  Please don't forget to show your beautiful smile and be sure to tell everyone how Dr. Essey is helping you keep that healthy smile!

Healthy smiles are our #1 priority but we can also discuss with you cosmetic changes that might enhance your smile even more.  If you would like to discuss any changes you might be considering please call Dr. Essey to give you the most up to date options.

Our web site has lots of great information on learning about your oral health!  To learn even more visit www.mouthhealthy.org/ .

We believe our high-tech office and highly skilled team will give you the confidence that you are receiving the highest standard of dental care available. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Essey has been chosen in 2010 ,2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 , 2016 & 2017 Top Dentist by Pittsburgh Magazine!  We want to say Thank You to all our patients!

TopDentists is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which dentists and specialists throughout the Pittsburgh area cast "votes" on the abilities of other dentists and specialists, and because listings cannot be purchased, inclusion in topDentists is considered a singular honor.

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