The Surgeon General’s Report
On May 25, 2000,the Health and Human Services Department issued its first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health in America. Here are some highlights from this watershed report:
Oral diseases affect health and well-being throughout life. Oral diseases include the common dental diseases, as well as birth defects, chronic facial pain, and cancers. These conditions can undermine self-image and self-esteem, lead to chronic stress and depression, and incur financial hardship. They can also interfere with vital functions.
Disease prevention is available to everyone. Daily oral hygiene, fluoridation, dental sealants, and regular examinations for dental and oral problems are central to a healthy mouth and a healthy body.
General health risk factors also affect oral health. Lifestyle behaviors such as tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, and poor dietary choices increase the risk of oral cancers, periodontal disease, and cavities.
The mouth is the gateway to the body. The mouth provides an invaluable window to general health status. We must recognize that oral and general health are inseparable: periodontal disease has been linked to diabetes, stroke, premature births, and cardiovascular disease.
Please make sure you see us regularly so we can ensure you have not only excellent dental health, but with it, a good start towards overall health excellence.