Monday, December 16, 2013

Oral Health More Important Than Ever!

Everyone knows that proper oral and dental health is important – a beautiful smile is desiredby everyone, and nobody wants to experience the pain  and incur the expense of filling cavities and root canals. But new research shows that maintaining good oral health affects more than just your pearly whites.

Recent research from Anwar Merchant at the University of South Carolina shows indicators that oral health may have a correlation with heart health. Merchant’s research tested children with diabetes between 10 and 12 years old. His research showed that many of the children who had the markers of poor oral health – an increased number of microorganisms which may cause periodontal disease – also showed early risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure.

Research has already shown that individuals with diabetes are more prone to cardiovascular disease. Diabetes and poor oral health also show some correlation, as those with diabetes have shown an increased prevalence of gum disease according to the ADA. Research suggests that those with diabetes are at an increased risk for gum disease due to lack of abilities in fighting bacterial infection – but also, those with serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and heighten their risk for diabetes. This makes it even more important to maintain good oral health!

At Dr. John’s, we offer a variety of products that are specifically formulated to promote positive oral health. Our line of xylitol products features a variety of candies, mints and other products which contain efficacious  amounts of xylitol.. All of our products are also sugar free, making them a good choice for diabetics under the supervision of a physician.

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is important – and new research shows that your oral health has the ability to affect other areas of your health. Dr. John’s Simply Xylitol Plan offers individuals a plan for maximizing the potential oral health benefits of xylitol.  In addition to using xylitol products, Dr. John recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily and visit the dentist regularly.