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Healthy teeth help with one's overall health

Posted On Thu, September 30, 2010

Good dental care is important to one's overall health. The American Dental Hygienists' Association says that regular dental exams can find chronic conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, and eating disorders.

Furthermore, the ADHA says research indicates that periodontal disease has been shown to be a risk factor for diabetes and lung disease. Research shows that minority children in particular are susceptible to tooth decay among other dental problems.

Delta Dental Insurance's Hispanic marketing manager Solomon Romano says that many dental problems are preventable with proper care. The dental insurance provider is trying to reach out to Hispanic families to educate them on dental hygiene.

"We have teamed up with Ratoncito Perez and put in place several initiatives - a Spanish-language website, bilingual brochures and Spanish-speaking dentists - to educate parents and children that through regular dental cleanings and checkups, the use of sealants, and appropriate diet and oral health care, a healthy smile is achievable and maintained."

Regardless of age or ethnicity, it's important to practice good dental care. People should visit the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and check-up.

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