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Poor oral care may aggravate heart disease risk and diabetes
Updated: 3/22/2012 11:00:19 PM

Poor oral care may aggravate heart disease risk and diabetes  

An estimated 45 million Americans do not have dental insurance, according to Reuters, and this may mean that many of these individuals are struggling to afford basic oral care. Recently, Healthy State, a Florida news source, published an article discussing how many people are avoiding the dentist because it is too expensive, and how these individuals may be putting their health in jeopardy.

"We all have bacteria in our mouth," said Denise Oakes-Lottridge, a Lehigh Acres dentist and president-elect of the Lee County Dental Society, quoted by the news source. "But if you have overgrowth of bacteria, you’re swallowing [it] all day, all the time. So the bacteria are getting into your body."

The dentist went on to say that multiple studies have shown that dental health can impact overall well-being. Oakes-Lottridge said that poor dental hygiene should be considered a risk factor for heart disease, similarly to smoking.

She added that diabetics need to be particularly stringent about oral care, since poor dental health has been shown to make it harder for this population to control their sugar. The news source stated that oral care has been taking a backseat to other forms of healthcare in this economy. Individuals who do not have insurance should consider looking into discount dental plans to help them afford their care. 

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