“The strong link between oral health and overall health is becoming increasing recognized, and it is clear that preventative oral health care is an essential building block to one’s health and well-being.” – Henry Schein
Statistics show that the average person will see their dentist more often than their primary care giver. So, Dr. Piccolo is dedicated to empowering his patients to not only improve the oral health, but their overall physical wellness. Consider some of these statistics:
Gum disease increases the risk of head and neck cancer – AAOSH
Tooth loss & gum disease increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease – Mayo Clinic
Gum disease increases pancreatic and kidney cancer risk by 62% – Harvard
Cavities are caused by a germ that spreads while kissing and sharing food – AAOSH
Bacteria in your mouth travel to other parts of your body in your bloodstream – AAOSH
93% of people with gum disease are at risk for diabetes. – AAOSH
For more information, view this chart (PDF).
In the dental field, we know that proper nutrition not only supports healthy gums, it also helps fight periodontal disease. As a part of proper nutrition, antioxidants play a significant role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Antioxidants defend our DNA from the harmful effects of free radicals found in our bodies. However, many people unknowingly do not have enough antioxidants in their system. Dr. Piccolo can quickly and effectively assess patients’ antioxidant levels using the Biophotonic Scanner, as seen on the Dr. Oz show. This simple hand scan measures antioxidant levels at the cellular level and determines if the patient has a proper amount of these cancer-fighting molecules. Dr. Piccolo is committed to his patients’ well being and offers this service to not only help with patients’ oral health but also as a part of maintaining a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle. For more information on antioxidants please see our blog.
Delicous Recipes that are Rich in Antioxidants
Tuscan Kale Salad
This traditional Tuscan salad is made with strips of Italian black kale, fresh lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, crushed garlic, red pepper flakes, grated pecorino Tuscano cheese and bread crumbs. These bright, refreshing flavors combine to bring the sunny taste of Italy to your table. Watch a how-to-prepare video and get the recipe
Schedule an appointment and consultation with Dr. Piccolo. He will help you understand the connection between oral health and your overall wellness.