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If you want to stay healthy, don’t forget your teeth

When people think about health issues, they often don’t think about their teeth. Dental health is rarely considered a priority, especially among those in rural areas where dental health care providers are not always easily accessible.

Even when there is a dentist in town, people often wait until the pain of a toothache crops up before seeking an appointment. Whether it is for reasons of money, time or just the fear of the dentist’s implements, preventative care often is ignored.

But this attitude can be dangerous. A person’s teeth have a far greater impact on overall health than most people realize. Poor oral health has been linked to cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks and strokes. The primary culprit is bacteria, which can easily spread to other parts of the body, increasing the risk of infections.

 

For the full article, click below:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/opinion/ct-ptb-dental-health-column-st-0109-20180108-story.html