Dr. Compton doesn’t think of herself as a “tooth mechanic.” She deeply believes that the mouth is the portal to the human body. She loves to educate patients about the many oral systemic disease connections. For instance, did you know that the bacteria found in dental plaque are also found in the plaque around your heart? Did you know that periodontal disease is linked to pre-term low-birth-weight babies? Or that dietary deficiencies can be seen in your gums?