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“Comedienne Whoopi Goldberg “Teeth are No Joke”

In 2009 Fans missed Whoopi Goldberg during a episode of ABC’s TV Talk Show, “The View.” It may be hard for some to fathom that a high profile celebrity like Whoopi Goldberg could have “tooth problems” bad enough to keep her from co-hosting her show. How could this have happened?

Whoopi’s Emergency Medical (Dental!) Surgery

The 52 year-old star said, “I had emergency surgery. People don’t pay attention to it… we think we know you’ve got to take care of your teeth… I neglected them and I discovered I had so much bone loss that I’m probably going to be losing my two front teeth.” The day after root canal surgery Whoopi spoke publicly about the serious nature of her dental problems. “I hadn’t been to the dentist since Noah” she says referring to her lack of regular “routine” dental visits for prevention and maintenance.

Whoopi Goldberg, Celebrity Advocate for Whole Body Health through Oral Health

“I’ve neglected my mouth to the point of distraction.” “I know you don’t want to go to the dentist… but the health of your entire body depends upon keeping your mouth healthy.” Unfortunately what Whoopi’s going through now is not at all uncommon. In fact according to the FDA, “More than 75 percent of Americans over 35 have some form of gum disease. At its worst, you might lose your teeth. The bottom line? If you want to keep your teeth, you must take care of your gums.” Source: “Fighting Gum Disease: How to Keep Your Teeth.”

Too Late and Without Warning

Gum disease is a silent killer. Not only of teeth. It can creep up on you without a single warning sign. Sure, everyone “knows” that your gums bleed if you have gum disease. But the biggest problem with that bit of knowledge is that painful, bleeding, or swollen gums might not occur until the very late stages of this insidious disease. In fact many patients, like Whoopie, are taken by surprise when during routine examination we’re the first to break the news to them about their gum infection, abscesses… and often severe bone destruction.

Whoopie May Lose Her 2 Front Teeth

During an episode of “The View,” Whoopie Goldberg openly discussed her dental prognosis. Already severe destruction of the bone around her top two front teeth will likely result in the loss of both teeth. Whoopi made several good points not the least of which was that undetected dental disease can be a threat to more than just your teeth… it can threaten the overall health of your entire body. Research cited in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association highlights the relationship between gum disease and increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

There’s Only One Way to be Certain

The only way to know whether or not you are in the 75% suffering from gum disease is a professional examination.We routinely perform a totally comfortable “gum exam” each time you visit for your checkup and cleaning appointments. Don’t delay your visit! Contact Dr. Jerry Paz by phone at 636-456-2454 or learn more at

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