Nov 14, 2011 at 10:27:15
“The leading cardiologists in the country are agreeing with the importance of overall health on our overall health. At a recent heart symposium, one of the nation's top cardiologists stated "Don't ever forget to address oral inflammation as the possible cause of heart attacks and strokes." The research is backing this up. It's been shown that if you floss twice a day, you can add 6.5 years to your life, a fact that was featured on the Dr. Oz show. Now it also looks like simple cleanings twice a year can decrease your risk for serious health problems in your lifetime.
Research has shown that if you have gum disease, you are twice as likely to have a heart attack and three times more likely to have a stroke. If you have gum disease before age 35, you are seven times as likely to have dementia in your life. It has also been shown that if you get rid of gum disease, you reduce a diabetic patient's yearly healthcare costs by 25%. Sometimes spending a little saves a lot.
As a co-founder of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), I have been passionate about this subject for quite some time now. Good oral health adds years to our lives and improves our overall well being. AAOSH is actively pursuing a certification program so physicians and patients can be comfortable with their referrals.
I'm glad to hear that this subject is getting some attention!”
Jan 13, 2012 at 11:28:56
“The CPAP is a great way to treat severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea, but as this article rightly mentions, a considerable percentage of CPAP users are non-compliant. For individuals with mild to moderate forms of OSA, there is a simpler and less cumbersome option for treatment that they can receive just by visiting a dentist who specializes in dental sleep medicine. Oral appliances are easier to use and consequently have a higher rate of compliance than CPAP machines.”