As oral physicians, dentists save lives. Americans are aware of the importance of eating right, taking dietary supplements, and implementing vigorous exercise regimens to maintain their health and delay aging. However, most people are still unaware of the amazing health benefits of healthy teeth and the detrimental impact of poor oral hygiene. Generally, an infection anywhere in the body can be serious, if not deadly…and is usually treated immediately. Yet, gum disease is often neglected for years and years because the infection is out of sight and usually persists with no pain.
A recent article in the Journal of the American Dental Association discussed dental implications of “metabolic syndrome”- a combination of obesity, high cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar. These people need to be exercising as well as eating a diet rich in fibrous fruits and vegetables. Studies have shown that maintaining the natural teeth are critically important for people with metabolic syndrome.
The reason is that as people progressively lose teeth, they will often alter their food selection. The fewer back teeth are present, the harder time they have eating a healthy diet. Instead, they tend to select foods that are softer and higher in saturated fat, trans-fatty acids, and cholesterol. Therefore they get less of the fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, carotene, folate, potassium, and vitamins C, E, and B6 that they need.
And once gum disease starts it does not usually reverse itself without specialized treatment. You are not “too old for good dental care” because the average 65 year old has 17.3 years of life remaining! How do you know if you have gum disease? Buy maintaining regular daily oral habits and seeing your dentist.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD
Hanna Orland, DMD
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