Next Avenue: 5 Things Your Teeth May Be Saying About Your Health
5 Things Your Teeth May Be Saying About Your Health
by Shelley Lyford
The impact of poor oral health on general health and quality of life is enormous, especially for vulnerable seniors, millions of whom are living with untreated cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, oral pain, and tooth loss due to limited or no access to basic dental care.
Recent studies have shown oral health issues may be associated with serious medical conditions including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cognitive decline and pneumonia. Aside from the physical toll, poor oral health reduces self-esteem and increases social isolation.
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