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Trip to the dentist may prevent cancer, diabetes, heart problems
Updated: 7/30/2010 9:00:14 PM

Trip to the dentist may prevent cancer, diabetes, heart problems Dental experts are encouraging patients to make their regular dentist appointment, but not just for the sake of having a healthy smile. People who suffer from minor dental problems may be at an increased risk of developing more severe health complications.

In an effort to help patients better understand the risks of cavities, missing teeth or gum disease, Houston-based dentists are providing their patients with extra dental care advice. By talking with people one-on-one, the dentists are hoping to lower the number of patients who have cavities, missing teeth or have been diagnosed with gum disease, which could lead to heart complications, according to

In fact, approximately 8.52 percent of all adults in the U.S. aged 20 to 64 years have been diagnosed with gum disease, according to

Studies have shown that by practicing preventative measures at home, individuals are protecting themselves against cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, the news source reports. This is sometimes caused of bacteria build-up in the mouth that lead to infections.

People who are in need of a dentist appointment, but have little or no dental insurance can benefit from signing up for a discount dental plan. By taking advantage of these cost-effective options, patients can receive regular dental care that can protect against oral hygiene problems as well as health complications.

For more information on dental discount plans call 1-888-632-5353.

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