South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS)
Local College Offers Free Dental Care For Veterans
Bad teeth cost you more than a smile. They can lead to major health problems. Did you know that approximately 23% of 65-74 year olds have severe gum disease? Research links gum disease to diabetes, strokes and heart disease.
The health of our teeth and mouth are linked to our overall health and well-being in a number of ways. The ability to chew and swallow our food is essential for obtaining the nutrients we need for good health. Apart from the impact on nutritional status, poor dental health can also adversely affect speech and self-esteem. Dental diseases impose both financial and social burdens as treatment is costly and both children and adults may miss time from school or work because of dental pain.
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, there is a relationship between gum (periodontal) disease and health complications such as a stroke and heart disease. Women with gum disease also show higher incidences of pre-term, low birth-weight babies.
Other research shows that more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases (diseases involving many organs or the whole body) have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and excessive gum problems.
Well, now you can do something to help keep your teeth healthy. Concorde College, located on NW Loop 410, is now offering free dental care for local Veterans and reduced cost care for Veterans family members.
For complete information, call the college at (210)428-2099.