Although there has been a growing body of research that links oral health with a person's overall wellbeing, many people are still unaware of this connection.
Diabetes, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease are three conditions that have symptoms observable in the mouth. Most dental experts recommend a visit to the dentist every six months to help check for these symptoms.
A survey conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry last year found that more than six out of ten baby boomers who had a oral symptom that has been linked to a serious health problem were not aware of the connection.
It also discovered that many people within this age group could be taking more proactive steps in regard to their dental care.
Nearly half of respondents said they do not have twice-yearly dental checkups, while 31 percent said they never visit the dentist or go only when they have a dental emergency.
"As research strengthens the link between oral and overall health, the AGD encourages baby boomers to pay attention to oral symptoms that may indicate early signs of potentially life-threatening diseases," commented Dr Craig Valentine of the AGD.
He added that it is equally important for people to discuss these symptoms with their dentist.
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