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SPONSORED SUN VALLEY DENTAL GROUP

Brian Galbraith, DDS.

HEALTHCARE’S SECRET WEAPON Your Regular Dental Checkup

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ealthcare is one of the hottest topics of our time. While debates continue to rage regarding the best strategies for covering our nation’s healthcare bills, may I suggest how to lower them for each individual, including yourself. The answer? Don’t miss your regular dental visit! Why?—Because it will keep you healthier, and it could save your life. It may be obvious that dental care is aimed at preserving healthy teeth and gums and treating oral disease when applicable. What may not be so apparent is how oral disease negatively affects the entire body. Periodontal disease (or tooth bone and gum disease) has been shown to cause severe pain, lower the ability to eat by loss of teeth, allow the spread of infection to other parts of the body, and more. Perhaps worse, it directly increases the likelihood of heart disease, including heart attack and stroke, certain types of cancer, increases pregnancy risk and the onset of depression, and affects many other common medical ailments. Noting this direct connection, cannot routine dental care reduce your risk of experiencing such ailments? It can and it does! Patients who regularly visit the dentist report not only lower incidences of medical problems, they report fewer dental problems as well, which truly makes for something to smile about. And, what’s more, you can keep the hard-earned money you might need to spend on such care for other needs for yourself or family. Aside from the many protective benefits of routine dental care, you may not realize that the one medical professional you should see most regularly might be your dentist. The benefits of regular thorough dental examinations can be no better reflected than the following ex

perience: I once had the opportunity to meet a gentleman for the first time in my hygiene department who asked to see me. He asked me to evaluate the results of a dental treatment he had received in another state. What I saw was shocking, but it had nothing to do with his dental treatment. It had to do with his body. He demonstrated several symptoms that suggested he might have a serious endocrine disorder, and I referred him to a competent medical team for evaluation. This evaluation revealed that he had a serious brain tumor that caused not only his failed treatment, but was causing unnecessary bodily growth, and many other systems in his body to fail. He courageously sought treatment and, after adequate treatment and follow-up, he was cured of his condition. This person later thanked me for saving his life—a humbling adulation I’m afraid I can’t take full credit for; my training at the top-level University of California San Francisco was directly responsible. Nevertheless, it was truly an honor to be involved. So, the next time you consider how to lower your medical or dental bills and improve your quality of life at the same time, the answer is simple: See your dentist! Brian Galbraith, DDS, has been practicing dentistry in Ketchum since 2005 and is the owner of Sun Valley Dental Group, PLLC. For more information visit www.sunvalleysmiledesign.com or call 208.726.4711. Sun Valley Dental Group is located at 181 First Ave. N., in Ketchum.

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19TH ANNUAL

May 27-30 2016 The Sun Valley Wellness Festival presents top speakers, visionaries, and practitioners in the field of mind, body, spirit, and environmental wellness.

FEATURING KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

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SINGER, SONGWRITER, AUTHOR OF NEVER BROKEN

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