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Monday, November 10, 2008

Whoopi Goldberg Talks About Gum Disease

A few weeks ago, Whoopi Goldberg returned to her TV show, "The View," after being absent for emergency gum surgery. In this episode, she spent a few minutes discussing her personal experience with gum disease and how she will be losing her teeth. But, more importantly, Whoopi did a tremendous public service by bringing up the serious health consequences of gum disease (periodontal disease) that go well beyond losing teeth. Gum disease can kill you! Yes, you read that correctly! New discoveries are revealing possible connections between gum disease and heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer, for example.

Dentists have known about this for several years. But, it's amazing how the power of Whoopi's celebrity will do more for public awareness of gum disease than the dental profession could dream of doing. Whoopi set aside her pride and laid it all on the line to spread a very important message. Thanks, Whoopi!

The good news is that gum disease can be treated and prevented at our dental office in Boynton Beach.

Check out this short video! Whoopi has her facts right about gum disease.

This video was edited and annotated by Dr. Michael Barr, Boynton Beach dentist and founder of Palm Beach Smiles.

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