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Healthy Heart and Healthy Teeth

Heart disease is the leadingkiller of men and women in the United States and in Europe. British researchers studied nearly 12,000 adults in Scotland found that those who don’t brush their teeth twice a day have a 70% increased risk of heart disease compared to those who brush twice a day.

Importance of Keeping Your Teeth an NPR Story

Earlier this month, National Public Radio featured the story “As Our Skin Sags with Age, So Do Our Bones.” One of the most important elements in keeping facial bone definition is to keep your natural teeth!
David Hunt, a physical anthropologist at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C., was interviewed for the story. He oversees the roughly 30,000 human skeletons in the Smithsonian’s collection.

Pierced Tongues

We see pierced tongues and the damage the metal stud does to teeth.

The metal chips teeth. One of our patient’s teeth has been fixed twice, and he still continues wearing the stud, and chipping his teeth.

In the October 5, 2009 Sports Illustrated issue is an article on NBA player Chris Anderson, of the Denver Nuggets. The 6’10” Anderson, from Iola, Texas, nicknamed “Birdman” missed a basketball game after breaking a molar while biting down on his tongue stud.

Periodontal disease a risk marker for stroke

Men with a history of bone loss due to periodontal disease run a higher risk of having a stroke, according to a study in the Annals of Neurology (May 28, 2009). The researchers analyzed data from 1,137 men in the Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study, an ongoing study that began in the 1960s with healthy volunteers from the Boston Area. Participants underwent medical and dental exams every three years for an average of 24 years.

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