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Healthy Gums and a Healthy Heart: The Perio-Cardio Connection

Newly released clinical recommendations encourage cardiologists to examine the mouth and periodontists to ask questions about heart health. CHICAGO—June 1, 2009—Cardiovascular disease, the leading killer of men and women in the United States, is a major public health issue contributing to 2,400 deaths each day. Periodontal disease, a chronic inflammatory disease that destroys bone and […]

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The Perio-Cardio Connection, Relationship Between Heart Disease and Gum Disease

The Perio-Cardio Connection, Relationship Between Heart Disease and Gum Disease February 19th, 2010 By Dr. Edgard El Chaar Gum (periodontal) diseases are chronic bacterial infections that affect the gums and supporting structures of the teeth and, if left untreated, can lead to serious health problems including heart disease. When the link between cardiovascular heart disease […]

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Bad Breath, Halitosis

Bad breath, also called halitosis, can be an embarrassing problem. It can be caused by the foods you eat, dry mouth, tobacco products, or a medical disorder. Maintaining proper oral health can help reduce or eliminate bad breath. Bad Breath Causes Bad breath (halitosis) can be caused by a variety of things including diet, medication, […]

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Strategies and approaches in oral disease prevention and health promotion

Strategies and approaches in oral disease prevention and health promotion Oral health within WHO strategic directions The latter part of the twentieth century saw a transformation in both general health and oral health unmatched in history. Yet, despite the remarkable achievements in recent decades, millions of people worldwide have been excluded from the benefits of […]

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The objectives of the WHO Global Oral Health Programme (ORH)

The objectives of the WHO Global Oral Health Programme (ORH) Noncommunicable chronic diseases, which continue to dominate in lower-middle and upper income countries, are becoming increasingly prevalent in many of the poorest developing countries. They create a double burden on top of the infectious diseases that continue to afflict these countries. The objectives of the […]

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening sleep disorder It affects approximately 18 million Americans. It owes its name to the Greek word apnea, meaning “want of breath” and refers to episodes in which a person stops breathing for 10 seconds or more during sleep. With each episode, the sleeper’s brain briefly wakes up in order […]

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