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Great Heart Health is Dependent on your Oral Health
NEWS ARTICLE 01.31.2016
Your mouth is a mirror that reflects your overall health and well-being, according to Donna E. Shalala in the Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health. It's also a key determinant of your nutritional status and your self-esteem. "Oral health means more than sound teeth. Oral health is integral to overall health," she said
What is oral health?
Oral health means more than just being free from cavities and gum disease. Oral health, the report states, means overall health in the tissues that "allow us to speak and smile; sigh and kiss; smell, taste, touch, chew and swallow; cry out in pain; and convey a world of feelings and emotions through facial expressions."
Oral health and overall health—an intricate interrelationship
The health of the oral tissues is indicative of the health of organs and systems throughout your body. Your dentist and other healthcare providers can gather an enormous amount of information about your overall health simply by examining these tissues.
Conversely, research is showing us that disease within the mouth—especially periodontal (gum) disease—is connected to ailments throughout the body. Infections in the mouth are a gateway for disease-causing bacteria to enter the bloodstream and provoke a number of diseases, including:
Decay (also called caries or cavities) and periodontal disease are the most common, widespread dental diseases. They're also the most preventable. Community prevention programs, such as fluoridated drinking water, dental hygiene instruction in schools, nutrition education, and tobacco cessation programs, save billions of dollars per year in public health costs, according to the report. And best of all, they help most people keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.
In New York City, Eastside Dental Medicine aims to be the first line of defense in your entire wellbeing. Doctors J. Srivastava and R. Castracane of Eastside Dental Medicine are pioneers in the field of Integrative Medical Dentistry and Wellness, and extremely aware of the connection between cardiovascular disease and oral health. Visit us or call us today for an appointment at 212.758.9498.
Source - "Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General"
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