Is your Oral Health Connected to your Overall Health?

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How often do YOU worry about your oral health? What about that of your family? Would you change your mind and place more importance on it if we told you that over 85 percent of the population suffers from Periodontal Disease? And that doesn’t just include tooth decay and gum disease. Some conditions are much more sinister than that.

Did you know that yellow or brown spots or grooves on your teeth’s surface could be a sign of Celiac Disease? Or that the pain in your teeth could be a symptom of a sinus infection? Even canker sores may point to allergies you didn’t know that you had. Did you know pregnant women, usually deficient in vitamin D, suffer from an increased chance of bleeding gums and tooth decay?

Dr. Larry Lieberman of San Antonio says that over 800,000 visits to the emergency room each year are due to oral health issues. ER staffs find it difficult to handle such oral and dental emergencies. (source: KSAT-TV)

To best be prepared, dentists, of course, advise regular brushing and flossing, as well as staying away from chewy or sugary foods. But also remember that your oral health is connected to your overall health. Watch for signs or symptoms and stay healthy! Oh and don’t forget to see us regularly!

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