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Oral health may not always be at the top of your wellness agenda, but a growing body of research confirms that your mouth is an important window into your overall health. In a July 2008 study, Columbia University researchers found that periodontal disease is a key predictor of type 2 diabetes. What’s more, Mac Lee, DDS, regular contributor to the You book series by doctors Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen, has seen a strong correlation between our declining levels of dental health and the prevalence of obesity and other chronic diseases.

Fortunately, with proper care, periodontal disease and other dental concerns are preventable. In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of Periodontology found that simply flossing significantly reduces the amount of gum-disease-causing bacteria in your mouth. All the more reason to make good oral hygiene an important part of your daily routine. To find resources and learn about Lee’s initiative to provide better dental education, visit Read more in “The Mouth-Body Connection.”

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