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It’s Your Smile Y Oral Health Affects Your Overall Wellness By Dr. Jernell Escobar Dr. Escobar has been practicing dentistry in the Bay Area since 2006. She took over Dr. Palmerlee’s practice when he retired in 2012. She is passionate about providing exceptional oral health care in a patient centered environment. Dr. Escobar participates in continuing education seminars with other leading clinicians in exploring new and innovative methods and materials for restoring smiles. our teeth are not usually the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to your overall health and well being. But it has been proven that good oral health, good oral habits and hygiene and regular vis- its to a dentist are all intricately linked to the health of the whole body. In fact, brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist can protect you from far more than cavities. For example, gum disease can lead to a host of illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and rheu- matoid arthritis. In addition, researchers have found that people with gum disease were twice as likely to die from a heart attack and three times as likely to have a stroke. June is Employee Wellbeing Month, an annual initiative that highlights the workplace’s role in helping to create healthy employees and providing businesses with new ideas and proven strategies built around prevention and wellness. It was founded in 2009 as National Employee Wellness Month by Virgin Pulse, part of Sir Richard Branson’s famed Virgin Group. Virgin Pulse partnered with the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, along with the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and WorldatWork.com. “It’s great to see so many organizations and their workforces come together to focus on employee wellbeing in a fun, healthy environ- ment,” says Chris Boyce, CEO of Virgin Pulse on employeewellbeingmonth.com. “Employee wellbeing is at the foundation of a productive, engaged workforce an Ս͙հ̸ͥ)啔]5Ѡ́ɕЁ݅䁙)ɝѥ́Ѽ͡ѱЁѡ́)ѥѡ啕́)͵́ѼЁѡȁ́)ɕ͔ӊéѡ͵́ѡ)Ѽѥͥѥٔɕձ̻t)=ɝѥ́ѕɕѕѥѥ)ѡȁЁ́AɽՐMѕ́ѡ)ѥѥٔ%аɔѡ)啕́ѥѕѡ)ѥѥٔ)AɽՐMѕ́啔])5ѠݥЁɕѽЁɥمɥ)ɕͽɍ́́Ѽɽєѡȁɝ)ѥé͡Ёѡ́ѥѥٔ)ݥѠЁѡȁݽɭɍЁѡԴ)䁅Ёɝ́)Aѥѥɝѥ́ѡ)啕́ɔɅѼ͡ɔѡ)啔]5ѠɅѥ̰)ѽ̰٥́ɔͽͥѡ)͡х]4Ը)́ѡѥѥٔɔѼ+$啕́ѡ䁡̀$)展)%1I=d5=I8!%10M85IQ%8))U1dUUMP+ ɕєѡݽɭձɕ+%ɽٔ啔Ѡݕ+1ݕȁѠɔ+IՍɹٕ+ɥٔ啔)啔ݕ́ɽɅ́ͼٔɔ)́役ѡ٥́Ѡ+qQѽ́ѡЁѡ͔啔)ݕ́ɽɅ́ѼɅt)́ͅ-ѠQɵAѹ͡)ѼЁ ɽ͕͔ɽͽȁ)Ѡ䁅ЁЁ)Uٕͥ七qQ䁵͕͔Ёͽх)ٕչхѡЁѕȁѠѡ)ݽɭ́ɥѥݗeɔѼɽɕ)ѡЁЁɽ͕͕́ѡЁ)ɔѡٕ́䁡Ѡɔ)ȁݔѡ́չ丁 Ёͼ)ѡ٥Յ䁱ٕݡɔ)́Ѡɝ͵ɔ٥ɕɸ)ٕѵЁՍ́ѽɥ̰х)ѡݽɭɍ́ѠѡɥЁ͵)ѡѼt)%ɑȁѼхɅѠ)ɽѡѕѠյ̰ͥ)ɕٕхѥٔɽѥȁ͵)ɥЁȁٕɅѠЁ́+ѡȁȁѽ̸MхЁݥѠѽѡ͠)ݥѠͽаɽչɥѱ̰սɥѽѠ)є̸+MЁ͍ձ ͠ȁѕѠЁЁݥ)䁅́ЁЁ ͠)ѕȁɉɅє́ȁ͹̰)ݕ́ȁ՝䁉ٕɅ̸+ ѡɽ՝ ͠ѕѠȁЁЁݼ)ѕ͕́ͥȁѽѠ)͠Ѐ ͡аɍձ)ɽ̸U͔Ё՝ɕɔѼѡ)ɥѱ̀eЁե͠ѡ]׊eɔ)͠ȁѽՔѼɕٔѕɥ+eЁɝЁ̸́ɕٕ́Քɽ)ݕѕѠ܁ѡյe)ݽ䁥յ́ѕȁЁиQe)ѕȁѕɥ́ɕٕٔѼͥ)̸+I͔Ѽɕɕ͠ѕȁͥ͡)ɥ͔ȁѠ٥ɽͱݥѠѠ)݅͠ȁ݅ѕȁѼɕٔ䁱͕)Քѥ̸+Qݥ啅ȁх́ɔȴ)хЁЁхȁɅٕȴ)Ѡ ȁѥЁȁд)Ё́ͽ́ͥ)5ɔɵѥ啔])5ѠչЁѡݕͥє)啕ݕѠ($)ѽ乍($$(