HEALTHY MOUTH, HEALTHY BODY
The link between oral and systemic health is well documented. Diabetics are more likely to develop periodontal disease than people without diabetes. In fact, periodontal disease is often considered a complication of diabetes. Periodontal disease may make it more difficult to control blood sugar. Research has indicated that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease. Scientists believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the association. Periodontal disease can also exacerbate exisiting heart conditions.
Additional studies have pointed to a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke. In one study that looked at oral infection as a risk factor for stroke, people diagnosed with acute cerebrovascular ischemia were found more likely to have an oral infection when compared to those in the control group. Researchers have suggested a link between osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaws. Research has found that bacteria in the oral cavity can be aspirated into the lungs to cause respiratory diseases such as pneumonia. Men with gum disease were 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers.
As a busy individual, you can not afford downtime due to dental problems. You need to perform optimally and efficiently. You can not afford medical absences from school or work. Good oral hygiene and health result in better business, social and athletic performance.
A healthy mouth and smile make you appear more attractive to others and boost your confidence, key components in influencing and persuading colleagues and business partners. The Comprehensive Dental Assessment will provide a road map to keep you healthy and on schedule while creating the most favorable condition for growth and success in life.
Embarassed to smile because of an unhealthy mouth, crooked or stained teeth? This may be affecting your psychological health. Studies show those with unhealthy and unpleasant teeth do not smile as often and may suffer from depression. People with healthier teeth and smiles feel better about themselves. A smile can transform you and the world around you.
Smiling can lift your mood by activating the release of neuropeptides that work toward fighting off stress. The feel-good neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and seratonin are all released when a smile flashes across your face. This not only relaxes your body, but it can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Endorphins also act as pain releivers. Furthermore, seratonin release brought on by your smile serves as an anti-depressant and mood lifter.
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