LIFE THREATENING DISEASES

Did you know that neglecting oral health leads to other serious life threatening diseases? Oral infections, such as gingivitis and periodontal disease, can lead to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and oral cancer. Studies show that periodontal disease increases the risk of pneumonia in the nursing home residents.

ORAL CANCER

Did you know Dental Hygienists are trained to detect the early signs of oral cancer?  Oral cancer is more common than leukemia; skin melanoma; Hodgkin’s disease; and cancers of the brain, liver, bone, thyroid gland, stomach, ovaries, and cervix.   One of the most important parts of a regular oral health exam is thorough oral cancer screening.

HEART DISEASE

Recent Studies have shown that a patient with periodontal disease is twice as likely to develop heart disease as one without the condition.

PERIODONTAL DISEASE AND DIABETES

Did you know that research studies have found a link between periodontal disease and diabetes? Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the major complications of diabetes. In fact, approximately 95% of Americans who suffer from diabetes also have periodontal disease. The most common oral health symptoms associated with diabetes are; red, swollen, or receding gums, bleeding gums, or a persistent bad breath or unusual taste.


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