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Total Health Starts In Your Dental Office

Dental Facts:

- Patients should visit the dentist at least twice a year.
- Often, patients see their primary care physician only once a year or less.
- 20 Million Americans will see a dentist this year but will not see a primary care physician.
- Dental visits last longer and give the patient more face time with health providers.

Wellness Facts:

- Patients with severe periodontal disease have total health care costs that are 21% higher than those of patients without periodontal disease.
- 78% of the adult population has some form of periodontal disease
- 90% of patients 55–64 years of age have moderate to severe periodontal disease
- Periodontal disease is dangerously under treated with only 3% of the population currently receiving treatment.

Heart Disease Facts:

- People with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without
- Periodontal disease can exacerbate existing heart conditions
- Heart disease is the leading killer of men and women in the United States

Diabetic Facts:

- Diabetic patients are more likely to develop periodontal disease, which can increase diabetic complications, endangering health
- Research shows periodontal disease treatment can improve management of diabetes
- One in four people affected with type 2 diabetes remain undiagnosed

Oral Cancer Facts, Signs, Symptoms, and Risk Factors:

- 36,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year
- Only ½ the people diagnosed with oral cancer are alive in 5 years
- One person dies every hour from oral cancer
- Oral Cancer kills more people than skin cancer and cervical cancer combined
- White or red patch of tissue, wart-like masses
- Lump or mass which can be felt inside the mouth or neck
- Pain or difficulty swallowing, speaking, or chewing
- Chronic hoarseness
- Numbness in the oral/facial region
- Unilateral, persistent ear ache or sore throat
- Smoking or use of other tobacco products
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- HPV virus

Pregnancy Facts:

- Pregnant women with periodontal disease are at a much higher risk to deliver a premature, low birth-weight baby. Women with periodontal disease during pregnancy are 7 times more likely to deliver a premature, low birth weight baby!
- Premature low birth-weight babies are the #2 cause of infant deaths in America today. Infants are almost twice as likely to die from premature, low birth-weight than S.I.D.S.!
- The use of alcohol during pregnancy increases the probability of having a premature, low birth-weight baby by 1 ½ times.
- Smoking increases the probability 1 time
- Smoking and drinking during pregnancy increases the probability of having a premature, low birth-weight baby by 2 ½ times.

Sleep Disorder Signs and Symptoms:

- Daytime fatigue
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack and stroke
- Depression/anxiety
- Memory and concentration problems
- Driving accidents
- Reduced quality of life
- Snoring
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Being overweight/obese
- Neck size of 17+ inches for men, 16+ for women

Sources:
American Academy of Periodontology and American Dental Association
Oral Cancer Foundation
American Academy of Sleep Medicine