(CNN)Your oral health could be a strong indicator of your overall health. Gum disease and tooth loss are connected to a higher risk of early death in women past the age of menopause, a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association finds.
For older women, having a history of periodontal disease, a serious gum infection, presents a 12% higher risk of premature death from any cause, while loss of natural teeth is associated with a 17% higher risk, the researchers say.
The new study only shows an association between oral health and premature death, cautions Michael J. LaMonte, lead author of the study and a research associate professor at the University at Buffalo in New York.
The research does not show gum disease or tooth loss cause early death.
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Every Three Months
Many dental professionals recommend changing your toothbrush about every three months, and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you replace your toothbrush approximately every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. So toss that tooth brush out and grab a new one! At least when someone asks what you did today, you can say, “Oh, I did some spring cleaning!”
JoEllen Hickman has joined our dental team full-time! JoEllen has been working for us part-time and this year agreed to be our full-time hygienist. She’s a great hygienist! Patients love her!
All of us here at Gladura Dental wish Sandy our best! Beginning this year, Sandy decided to embark on semi-retirement. More time at home! More time with her family! Sandy, thank you for your many years of service here at Gladura Dental.
We’ll all miss you, Sandy!