• AUGUST 5, 2011
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    Dr. Harris, what is the connection between oral health and heart disease?

    According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease. There are several theories regarding the connections between the two, including the possibility that oral bacteria enter the bloodstream and contribute to clot formation. Remember, regular cleanings may help to prevent and/or manage

    • AUGUST 11, 2011
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    Dr. Harris, what about osteoporosis?

    According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, periodontal disease can have an effect on the gums and bone that support the teeth. Bacteria can break down the bone and tissue that hold the teeth in place, causing teeth to fall out or become loose. By coming to the dentist for

    • AUGUST 16, 2011
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    Dr. Harris, what about oral cancer?

    According to the ADA, oral cancer is diagnosed in around 34,000 Americans each year. Of those, only an average of 50% will survive for more than 5 years. Prevention includes avoiding tobacco products and alcohol and regular visits to the dentist. During a routine cleaning, the dentist will perform an examination of the entire mouth

    • AUGUST 10, 2011
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    Dr. Harris, what about diabetes?

    According to www.diabetes.org, the connection between oral health and diabetes actually goes both ways. People who have diabetes are more at risk for gum disease, especially those with uncontrolled blood glucose levels. A patient with diabetes may have a compromised ability to fight germs in the mouth. On the other hand, infections of the mouth-like


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