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Facts


LIFE THREATENING DISEASES
Did you know that neglecting oral health leads to other serious life threatening diseases? Oral infections, such as gingivitis and periodontal disease, can lead to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and oral cancer.


ORAL CANCER
Did you know Dental Hygienists can detect the negative effects of smoking and drinking on your oral health? Oral cancer is more common than leukemia; skin melanoma; Hodgkin's disease; and cancers of the brain, liver, bone, thyroid gland, stomach, ovaries, and cervix; and is typically caused by long-term use of tobacco products and alcohol. One of the most important parts of a regular oral health exam is through oral cancer screening.


HEART DISEASE
Recent Studies have shown that a patient with periodontal disease is twice as likely to develop heart disease as one without the condition.


PERIDONTAL DISEASE AND DIABETES
Did you know that research studies have found a link between periodontal disease and diabetes? Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the major complications of diabetes. In fact, approximately 95% of Americans who suffer from diabetes also have periodontal disease. The most common oral health symptoms associated with diabetes are; red, swollen, or receding gums, bleeding gums, or a a persistent bad breath or unusual taste.