"For more than a decade, a body of scientific study has developed, which has identified a relationship between oral health and overall health. These studies have focused on the correlation between chronic oral infection and inflammation (periodontal or gum disease) and several medical conditions: diabetes, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, pregnancy, and some cancers."
"In fact, 120 disease symptoms can be detected in the mouth by a dentist and one of two people in the United States has some form of periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. It is the most significant dental disease affecting adults and the severity increases with age. More than 75% of people >35 are known to be affected by some type of periodontal disease."
"A recent 2-year study by the Columbia University's College of Dental Medicine found that patients with earlier periodontal treatment had medical care costs that were lower by:
Excerpt from "A Healthy Mouth Contributes to Overall Health" in Dental Abstracts "Dental Benefits -- A New Value Proposition" by Joseph V. Errante, D.D.S.
ABOUT DR. LYONS
Dr. Garrett Lyons, Jr. attended Georgetown University School of Dentistry where he was President of the 1985 graduating class and received the Pierre Fauchard Award for Leadership. He was previously President of the Delaware State Dental Society, and currently, Dr. Lyons, Jr. is a member of the ADA, AGD, and a fellow at the American Society of Dental Aesthetics, Crown Council, and an accredited member of the AACD where he served on the Board of Directors from 1995 - 1999. He was the chairperson of the Public Relations Committee in 1994, and a member of the Board of Governors, as well as as well as an accreditation examiner, for the AACD. Dr Lyons, Jr. is also an active member of the Academy of Osseointegration.