As a dentist, I can tell you a lot about your overall health by looking in your mouth. Much has been publicized recently about the link between oral health and systemic health. Various correlations have been demonstrated statistically between diseases of the mouth, such as cavities and periodontal disease, and systemic conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and even Alzheimer's disease. This, to me, raises the question: should oral health and systemic health be considered two different entities? If we look at other examples of medical conditions this distinction isn't made. A physician wouldn't say to a patient with diabetes that his pancreatic health is affecting his systemic health. Neither should we view diseases of the mouth as somehow isolated from the rest of the body.
The point is: if your mouth isn't in good health, you're not in good health. That's why it is so important to do all you can to maintain good oral health. This includes a healthy diet, careful oral hygiene, and regular dental care. We here at Contemporary Family Dentistry are committed to helping you reach that goal. Feel free to call us for more information about this or any other questions about keeping healthy.
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