Could My Teeth Actually Be Killing Me?
Over 598,607 people die from complications of gum disease each year.
Strange as it may sound, regular teeth cleanings might decrease these numbers and prolong your life! Periodontal disease (periodontal means around the mouth) and poor oral hygiene has been linked to heart disease as well as diabetes, respiratory disease, digestive problems, osteoporosis and immune problems according to Dr. Michael Roizen in his book Real Age:
Are You as Young As You can Be?
Untreated periodontal disease and decay in and around the mouth is like having an open wound the size of a fist; it’s just invisible because it’s under the gums.
Periodontal disease, usually called gum disease, is a chronic infection involving about 500 different kinds of bacteria that can affect heart disease.
Studies have found that people with periodontal disease are more likely to suffer from coronary artery disease then those who don’t.
Some researchers believe that bacteria shed by chronic oral infections can spread through the bloodstream and contribute to disease in the heart and other parts of the body.
Periodontal disease is the most common chronic infectious disease in the world, more common than the cold!
Worldwide, periodontal disease may affect as many as three out of four people, but only about 15 percent get treated.
The loss of teeth as a result of gum disease, can lead to poor chewing performance and consequently, poor nutrition and digestive problems.
According to the latest scientific research, patients who get regular dental cleanings may have better overall health than patients who do not.
One way to prevent periodontal disease and many health problems associated with it, is to have your teeth cleaned regularly. If gum disease exists, periodontal therapy will eliminate infections in the gums, and will help you keep your teeth for life!
Healthy gums will help you eat better, look better, feel better, and live longer!
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