Pain is a silent epidemic in the United States. An estimated 50 million Americans live with chronic pain caused by disease, disorder or accident. An additional 25 million people are said to suffer from acute pain resulting from surgery or accident.
The most common types of pain include arthritis; lower back, bone/joint pain, muscle pain and fibromyalgia. With the aging of our society and people living longer, these numbers are likely to increase if left unchecked. Besides the social cost of this growing problem, there are great economic costs as well.
Older women are more prone to depression and are more likely to remain depressed than are older men, according to a study published in the February 2008 Archives of General Psychiatry.
Several studies have confirmed the link between gum disease and several chronic diseases, including heart attacks and strokes, but a new study also now links gum disease with memory loss as well. Keeping the mouth free of infection now may also mean reducing your risk to dementia and Alzheimer disease.