A MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER
Hello, my name is Dr. Tony Hashemian, Dental Director and Founder of Appleton Dental Plan. Did you know that recent studies have established a definite link between your oral health and your general health? Keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top condition is a simple important way to maintain good overall health. My goal is to create beautiful, healthy smiles, but, also to educate you on the importance of oral health. Here are some facts you should know:
Common oral health problems and risk factors associated with them
Oral health problems cause physical suffering and premature death, disrupt children’s education, reduce business productivity, and create considerable expenses for later treatment of advanced diseases.
The connection between oral health and general well being
Research findings show possible associations between chronic oral infections and diabetes, heart and lung diseases, stroke, low-birth-weight, premature births.
Many diseases and conditions have oral warning signs, which could be the first clue to clinical disease.
In the US, one person dies from oral cancer each hour of every day. However, when discovered early, oral cancer has an 80 to 90 % cure rate according to the Oral Cancer Foundation.
Oral health in children
Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease – 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever. Oral care begins at infancy.
Oral health and the elderly
23% of 65-74 year olds have severe periodontal disease.
Most older Americans take both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Many of these medications can have an oral side effect, putting them at greater risk for oral disease.
5% of Americans aged 65 and older are living in a long-term care facility where dental care is problematic.