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Open wide: Dental issues may be early diabetes indicators

from The Palm Beach Post

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then your mouth — and, by extension, dental health (or lack thereof) — may be the conduit to potential early warning signs of numerous diseases — including type 2 diabetes. Such is the message that both the Palm Beach County Health Department and Florida Public Health Institute's Oral Health Coalition want patients and dentists to be cognizant of — especially during November's National Diabetes Awareness Month. According to Dr. Phil Bilger, the dental director of the Palm Beach County Health Department, in recent years, there's been a heightened emphasis in the dental community to have everyone — patients and doctors alike — understand how oral health and overall health are related. more


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