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According to the Centers for Disease Control, excluding accidents, a large number of deaths in the United States are caused by the diseases that have a strong correlation with poor oral health. Some of the health problems include diabetes, cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.

-People with diabetes have much greater incidences of periodontitis, or gum disease than other people. Diabetics have an increased risk of heart disease and neuropathy.

-Pancreatic cancer, is much more prevalent among persons with excessive levels of oral bacteria.

-Coronary artery disease has a connection to periodontal disease. 35 percent of the patients with coronary artery disease also suffer with periodontal disease.

-Inhaling oral bacteria may contribute to respiratory infections and other problems.

-People with gum disease are at a greater risk of stroke.

-There may be a link between lost teeth and Alzheimer’s disease. Studies in Japan found that Alzheimer’s was present among 60-year-olds that had lost half of their natural teeth.

If you want more information about the connection between your oral health and overall health, Dr. Claude N. Tamura would be happy to help you. Please contact Island Dental Group to make an appointment at: (808) 484-4470, or come by our office in Aiea, Hawaii.