Whoopi Goldberg, Facing Dental Implants, Admits to Neglecting Her Teeth

See an actress smile and you may well think of cosmetic dentistry. But Whoopi Goldberg’s smile speaks for her whole health. If you watch The View, you know Whoopi Goldberg as an irrepressible actress who speaks her mind. (And that she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Ghost, in which she helped recently-murdered Patrick Swayze find his killers.)  On The View, Goldberg admitted to being afraid of dentists and avoiding them for years.

“I have great dental insurance, and I did nothing with it,” Goldberg said. “I let my mouth go and I’m paying the price. I’m losing teeth because I’m losing bone. I could have prevented this. . . your mouth is connected to your entire body,” Goldberg said.

“Whoopi Goldberg did a lot of people a favor” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix cosmetic dentistry office. “Speaking out and encouraging people to see a dentist even when you are scared is a public service. People believe celebrities more than they do their mothers. . . and sometimes their dentists,” she adds, smiling.

Dentists have known for years that oral health not only speaks for your general health, but signals changes that include heart attacks, stroke and diabetes.

How does visiting a dentist save your life? “Dentists know that bleeding gums aren’t normal and that if a patient doesn’t pay attention and work to get healthy gums, heart disease is not far off.

According to WebMD and the American Academy of Periodontology, “People with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease (also called heart disease). And one study found that the presence of common problems in the mouth, including gum disease (gingivitis), cavities, and missing teeth, were as good at predicting heart disease as cholesterol levels.”

While that bright smile may be the result of smart cosmetic dentistry, it’s also a sign that you care about your general health. Listen to Whoopi’s advice and make an appointment to see your dentist today.

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