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Link between systemic and dental health
Updated: 11/25/2009 4:59:08 PM

Link between systemic and dental health Some people believe that maintaining dental health is not an essential part of preserving the overall well-being of the body, but new evidence suggests the two are connected.

Dr Lisa Marie Samaha recently spoke at the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics' dental care symposium in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conference focused on the mouth-body connection.

Some dentists are playing an increasingly significant role in helping their patients lead healthier lives. Ongoing research on treating periodontal disease is helping dentists prevent health problems such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, pulmonary and kidney diseases and Alzheimer's disease.

"There has never been a more exciting time to practice dentistry," said Dr Samaha. "This symposium is bringing together hundreds of dental professionals to explore the most leading-edge research, technology and concepts regarding the mouth-body connection."

The American Dental Association (ADA) says some dentists are now monitoring their patients' blood pressure and cholesterol levels in an effort to improve overall well-being by bettering dental health. However, the ADA also says no cause-and-effect relationship between periodontitis and certain systemic diseases has ever been proven.

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