I still say, ‘Shoot for the moon; you might get there.’
The last night’s snow moon reflects the sun just like your smile mirrors your overall health. The new moon is a great time to reflect and make choices toward health.
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
Why are Dr. Frankel and his staff always saying “Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body?” 7 quick facts that explain why maintaining good oral health is essential to achieving great overall health.
Oral health and overall health are not mutually exclusive, in fact, they are inextricably connected. WOW! That’s a lot of big words, but basically what we are saying is if you let the health of your teeth and gums decline, you are setting yourself up to get really, really sick.
Routine cleanings, flossing, sealants and fluoride may seem like a hassle, but in reality
they are saving you from dangerous conditions such as heart disease and stroke.
1.) Gum Disease causes halitosis, better known as “knock-you-over bad breath.”
2.) 2x. Seeing double? Patients with gum disease are twice as likely to develop heart
3.) 3x. Triple what? Patients with gum disease have an increased risk of stroke triple that
of those patients without gum disease.
4.) 4x – the average increased cost of one restorative dental procedure as compared to a
regular checkup appointment.
5.) The number of primary things you need to do to maintain your healthy mouth:
Brush 2x daily
Floss 1x daily
Visit 2x yearly
Avoid tobacco products
Eat a well-balanced diet
6.) 62% – The percentage of increased risk, according to Harvard researchers, for
patients with gum disease to develop pancreatic and kidney cancers.
7.) 7x. Women with gum disease are seven times more likely to deliver premature or
It is so important to keep a healthy mouth in order to promote a healthy body! Don’t let
fear, cost, or time be a factor to keep you away. Dr. Frankel says, “I care about people’s
smiles and firmly believe that with a great smile, you can improve your appearance, self
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Children learn good habits at an early age, so it’s important to teach them how to care for their teeth. Baby teeth still need some TLC as proper care for them will ensure their adult teeth will grow in healthy and strong. Be a positive role model for trips to the dentist and make sure the whole family visits for routine exams and cleanings. Visiting the dentist twice a year will help you and your children live a healthy lifestyle.
In observance of National Heart Month, it is also important to understand the link between a healthy mouth and a healthy heart. Brushing and flossing your teeth not only leads to a bright smile – studies have shown that oral health may provide warning signs for other conditions such as heart disease. For more information about how heart disease and oral health may be linked, please read the full article here.
Jon Frankel’s Healthy Mouth, Healthy Heart Tips:
Visit your dentist regularly to identify gum disease early and remove bacteria, plaque and tartar
Brush and floss your teeth regularly, especially with an ultrasonic electric toothbrush
Make sure your dentist is up-to-date with any conditions and medications you are currently taking
Treat and monitor gum disease right away
Commit to a healthy lifestyle
Share this knowledge with a loved one this Valentine’s day to help keep their mouths and hearts healthy!
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