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February 2013 - Heart Month!

February is Heart Month!
During February, heart health issues are prominent in the media. This is important to us as heart disease and oral health share risk factors. As fate has it, Heart month hosted Valentine's Day and Family Day, two holidays focused on spending time with loved ones. For yourself as well as your loved ones, take some time to learn more about your heart and keeping it healthy!

Can taking care of your smile help to protect your health?
For some time, studies have suggested a link between poor oral health (gum disease in particular) with cardiovascular issues. Experts now suggest that the link between Gum Disease and Heart Disease may be more an association than causal. There is a correlation, but more research needs to be completed before any link can be established. Experts are sure of one thing though: good oral health is a factor in overall health and well being.

For your smile as well as your heart, we encourage you to practice good oral hygiene, maintain scheduled visits to our office and stay physically active throughout the year!

Until next month, stay warm and keep smiling,

Neil Hahn D.D.S. and the High Park Dental Care Team

Gum Disease and Diabetes

Gum disease is an infection in the gum and bone supporting the teeth. Gum disease may eventually result in an unstable base for the teeth, which then become mobile and may fall out or have to be removed.

Gum disease (periodontal disease) is a primary cause of tooth loss in adults, and is often related to diabetes.

People with diabetes have a greater susceptibility to infection in general. Specifically, in the mouth, there is an increased risk of developing periodontal disease. If it develops, it is often a severe form of gum disease. In turn periodontal disease is associated with the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and poor sugar control in diabetics. With diabetes there is an increased risk of heart disease which also has a relationship with periodontal disease.

Smoking and poor oral hygiene for people with diabetes significantly heightens the incidence of gum disease.

What are the signs of gum disease ?

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Cozy Chai Latte

The cold outside seems to have many of us reaching for a warm drink, often several times a day. While a hot chocolate or specialty coffee may provide temporary comfort from the weather, they often offer several unneeded components as well such as excess sugars and caffeine.

Here is a suggestion for a drink you can enjoy with friends that is not only delicious but is warm and loaded with antioxidants.

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