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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

"Today Show" Quiz on How Well Do You Know Your Body

Science has shown that there is a direct link between health conditions in the mouth and overall health of the entire body. It is said that the mouth is the mirror of your health and reflects the conditions present throughout the body.

In particular, symptoms of gum disease (periodontitis) can serve as an indicator for heart disease, diabetes, low birth-weight babies and other health problems. Since people more routinely visit their dentists office (every six months!) than, say, a general practitioner or family doctor, it is perhaps more likely that early signs and symptoms may be detected during a dental visit.

That's why one of only 14 questions included on a "Today Show" quiz this morning related to a person's dental health. The quiz is designed to draw attention to important things people should know about their body in order to stay well as they age; it's called "How Well Do You Know Your Body?" Note Question #5:

5. Gum disease increases risk for what health problem?
Heart attacks.
Tooth loss.
Pre-term birth.
All of the above.


I'll just go ahead and tell you that the correct answer is "all of the above." The quiz is worthwhile and may help save your life by increasing your awareness of what to look for now and how to take better care of yourself in the future. And, regular visits to your dental office (that's us :-) can help you stay on top of things.

Here's a link if you'd like to take the quiz:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/25359177/

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