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Gum Disease and your Health Video Gingivitis and Periodontitis have been linked to poor health 0

Here is a video from FOX 11 news

Many people spend thousands of dollars every year trying to prevent diseases, like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. They spend it on everything from prescription medications, to healthy cookbooks, organic foods and gymnasium memberships. Doctors are now realizing that some things, as simple as a toothbrush and floss, are two of the most important tools to combat disease.

Common problems like gum disease, cavities, and missing teeth, help predict heart disease and cholesterol levels.

FOX 26 Morning News Extra anchor Melissa Wilson met with several dentists in the Houston area who are saving patients’ lives. Yes, dentists are saving lives!

Dr. Terri Alani takes the blood pressure of all of her patients. When a patient has high blood pressure, coupled with bleeding gums, she refers them to a cardiologist and they often get diagnosed with heart disease.

One local man says that Dr. Alani saved his life. John Dengal suffered from both problems and cardiologist Dr. Kota Reddy confirmed what Dr. Alani suspected. Dengal still cannot believe that he learned of the disease through his dentist.

Dr. Spiker Davis was one of the first dentists in the U.S. to use digital equipment and can now see blocked carotid arteries in dental X-rays.

Dr. Davis also provided FOX 26 News a  step-by-step directions on how to floss. While it may sound silly, it really is life-saving information. Flossing is important to do correctly and Dr. Davis says that most people fail to do so.

The take home message is that doctors are saying that patients should floss — or die! Considering all of that bacteria lurking in people’s mouths, the advice makes sense. People eat meat, which is basically a carcass, that gets stuck in theteeth and begins growing bacteria. Dr. Davis says the bacteria builds up inflammation in people’s mouths, which leaks into the bloodstream, and can lead to build-up in the arteries and inflammation all over the body.

Keeping all of the bacteria out of the mouth can be done by brushing and flossing daily and getting routine oral check-ups every six months.

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