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Dental Hygienists Could Save Your Life

March 23, 2007
Recent research shows that diabetes, low birth weight babies and heart disease are also linked to gum and bone disease in the mouth that can be prevented by teeth cleanings.
clipped from www.livescience.com
How Dental Hygienists Could Save Your Life

More than just a pretty
smile, clean teeth and gums are a sign of total body health. And those painful
sessions with the dental
hygienist
could save your life, new findings suggest.

Most people know that the
tedium of good oral hygiene—regular brushing, flossing and trips to the
dentist’s office—reduces tartar, plaque, cavities, gingivitis and bone
loss
and helps the breath smell
like roses
.

But recent research shows
that diabetes, low birth weight babies and heart
disease are also linked to gum and bone disease in the mouth that can be
prevented by teeth cleanings. Treating gum disease might even prevent heart
attacks
, a new study suggests.

“Systemically, visits to
the dentist
and hygienist may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and
possibly heart attack, and can decrease the likelihood of tooth loss for
diabetics,” said Gwen Cohen-Brown, a dentist and lecturer for the New York
State Department of Health.

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