Fit over 50 Update — Protect your dental health!

In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write:

Many of our tips grow out of what I have called the Ten Commandments of Preventive Medicine. Including: Protect Your Dental Health!

Fit over 50, Essential #2, Preventive Care, page 30

Now, two new studies confirm that gum disease is linked to arterial blockage and stroke risk

In fact, patients with periodontal disease are twice as likely as those without to have a stroke and people with gingivitis are more likely than those without to have artery damage of the brain according to two studies scheduled presented at the American Stroke Association’s conference.

The findings suggested that treating gingivitis or periodontal disease along with other stroke risk factors might reduce stroke risk.

The bottom line, be sure to get your dental check-ups twice a year!

We’ ve got tons of simple tips on becoming more highly healthy in our book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. Order Fit over 50 here.

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2 Responses to Fit over 50 Update — Protect your dental health!

  1. Sheri Kanz says:

    I have heard this but we have had no dental insurance coverage in years and having dental work done is very expensive, basically has been unaffordable for us and now we both have some teeth breaking on the side. It’s embarrassing as we can’t smile big like we would like, etc. Have a daughter getting married next summer and am dreading pict3. We are mid 50’s, health is good, no meds, but what do we do about our teeth. Agai, unaffordable and I’m guessing it will cost thousands to get the fixed. As far as I my concerned medical insurance is not the issue in the U S, it’s the cost of dental. What do we do? How can we afford to fix our teeth? Please….any suggestions would be welcome.

  2. Sheri,

    Check with your church or faith community or local service organizations to see if there are any clinics for under- or un-insured folks. Or, if there might be a dentist in your congregation willing to work with you.

    Dr. Walt

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