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Gum disease linked to chronic health problems

August 19th, 2014

I read a great article in The American Journal of Preventative Medicine that I wanted to share.  It's a study where researchers found that treating gum disease may reduce heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions.

The study showed that within four years of periodontal treatment, patients had lower medical costs and fewer hospitalizations compared to people who hadn't received treatment: "People with cardiovascular disease and diabetes who had gum disease treatment had health-care costs that were between 20% and 40% lower".

The article continued to say that the link between gum disease and chronic health conditions is inflammation and can worsen. The health of your gums ARE important to your over all health!

You can read the whole article on The Conversation.

Brian

Your Next Dental Checkup Could Help Detect Heart Issues Early

April 12th, 2011

Don't put off your next visit any longer! As we've touched on in the past, heart disease has been increasingly linked to oral health issues such as periodontal disease. Since most patients are not regularly visiting a heart specialist, their regular visits to our office can help detect early warning signs of heart issues or disease. If you're new to the topic, we invite you to examine a recent article that discusses the link between oral health and heart health, as well as the latest findings that suggest the value of dental checkups for early detection. Check it out, and be sure to let us know your thoughts!

Additionally, if its been more than 6 months since your last visit, give us a call!

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