Dentists Help You Avoid More Than You Realize!

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

If you learned that spending less than 5 minutes twice a day could save you hundreds of dollars, hours of time, and even prevent major diseases, it’d be foolish to NOT commit to that time. Yet, as a Periodontal Specialist, I’m privy to the vast number of adults who fail to brush and floss each day. It’s no longer just a matter of avoiding cavities. As research continues, there is more and more proof that your oral well-being affects your overall health.

Periodontal (gum) disease is now considered a medical disease. As an inflammatory disease, periodontal disease increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease, sleep apnea, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, pneumonia, preterm births, and birth defects, to name a few.

Fifty percent of heart attacks and strokes occur in people with normal cholesterol levels. Inflammation is the key contributor to heart disease and cardiac events. Although many see a Dentist to reduce pain and restore teeth, the fact is they are also “soldiers” in protecting your overall health.

Rather than perceive a dental office as a mere ‘cleaning station’ for the mouth, think of it, also, as a heart attack, stroke, and diabetes prevention center. Rethink your relationship with dental professionals as “disease prevention specialists” and be as committed to your oral care as your dental professional is to you. Their involvement in your health care regimen – as well as the advice of brush, floss, swish, etc. – could save your life.

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