Smile: Clean teeth are good for your health

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by wdlove, Jun 8, 2004.

  1. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    There was a time — not so long ago, actually — when fixing ailments of the mouth was viewed as the human equivalent of roadrepair work: Fill a pothole here, build a bridge there, and don’t fret about the rest of the body.

    ‘‘Historically people felt the mouth was not part of the body,’’ said Dr. Raul Garcia, a health policy specialist at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine. ‘‘People viewed dental problems as very mechanical — decay, wear and tear, a natural part of aging. Now, people are saying, ‘Wait a minute.’ ’’

    An accumulating mass of evidence suggests that the mouth is very much a window into the rest of the body — and that the health of our teeth and gums may be a bellwether for life-threatening illnesses. Epidemiologists have shown, for example, that expectant mothers with gum disease are more likely to deliver too early or to have babies that are too small. And patients with advanced gum infections tend to have more plaque in the carotid arteries, the big blood vessels leading to the brain.

    With that in mind, researchers have begun to attack the next critical question: Are illnesses of the mouth the actual source of what’s happening elsewhere, or merely a symptom of broader health problems?
  2. applemacdude macrumors 68040


    Mar 26, 2001
    Over The Rainbow
  3. wdlove thread starter macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    I hope that everyone will be sure to get proper dental care. It's more than for just a beautiful smile. :)
  4. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    I'm pretty sure that this is one of those situations where the people don't care about their health in general. When's the last time you saw someone who took care of their body with "advanced gum infections"?
  5. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Are English babies born smaller? :p

    Seriously, this is just an example of someone who doesn't take care of themselves on a general level. Smaller babies......could that be because of poor overall lifestyle choices? Do people who take care of themselves impecably likely to have an extremely poor lifestyle? Not likely, and so their "babies are born bigger".

    Also, it could be a cultural thing. Chinese people who move here from places like China and Hong Kong don't take care of their teeth nearly as well as people in Western society. Dentists are heaps expensive there. My uncle has only been to the dentist several times, and all he does is brush (he's from HK). His teeth are okay because he DOES brush, but lots of people from these places don't really bother. Many people only go to a dentist if their teeth ache. My point is: Chinese babies are born smaller than the average baby in America, so again, couldn't this be due to cultural differences when people immigrate from other countries like China and elsewhere?

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