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Where is dentistry going? A chain of prevention practices.

Three news items crossed my desk in the past month. All seem to point to a future for dentistry which features more specialization around managing the cause of poor oral health. One news…

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Periodontal Health Leads to Lower Health Care Spending by Diabetics

A new study reports that among American individuals newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a periodontal intervention is associated with lower total healthcare costs (-$1799), lower total medical costs excluding pharmacy costs (-$1577),…

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An Upset Tummy, and Some Upset Teeth

In his popular new book “Happy Gut,” Dr. Vincent Pedre argues that chronic health problems can often be traced to the digestive system and fixed by changing the microbes in our gut. An…

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Giving Back is the New Normal in Dentistry

The easiest and most effective way to highlight your commitment to oral health… Last week, we discussed that the future growth of the hygiene department is based on the foundational truth that oral…

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What’s on your teeth, may be in your heart

A new study in the journal Medicine reports that the bacteria initiating dental decay is also found on the heart valves of patients with heart disease. Nothing new here. Other studies have shown…

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Turning the Corner on Chronic Disease Management

The number of new cases of diabetes in the US declined to 1.4 million in 2014 from 1.7 million in 2008, according to a report from the CDC. The report stated that an…

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$45 Per Month

As of 2015, for the first time, Canada has more people over the age of 65 than under 15. The age group that now encompasses the boomer generation – 50 to 69 –…

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Dental Care for Your Mom

Two new studies involving older people, show that the following chronic diseases significantly increase the odds of dental decay: cardiovascular disease, rheumatic disease, mood disorders and eating disorders. The connection between diseases, is…

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Rheumatoid diseases and filling up the waiting room

Rheumatoid diseases, a subset of arthritis, are associated with poor oral health. Studies show that if you have rheumatoid disease you likely have other chronic diseases, are older, and have dry mouth and…

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Crohn’s, Colitis, Cavities and Crowns

As the population ages and science marches on, we are seeing significant connections between chronic diseases. One big one is diabetes and dental decay — diabetes increases the risk of having oral health…

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To prevent heart disease — brush your teeth frequently!

A Scottish study of over 11,000 adults tracked over 8 years found that frequent brushing of the teeth significantly lowered the risks of having a coronary event (e.g. heart attack). This association allowed…

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Looking for Parkinson’s and dental decay sooner

A new study found that Parkinson’s patients have up to 10 times more untreated decay than a healthy peer. And they live in the community on average for 15 years before being institutionalized….

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Canadian employers focus on chronic diseases (and that means cavities too)

The needs and wants of Canadian employers for healthcare benefits are surely changing. Now, it is all about managing chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis and obesity. The days of offering a…

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The body is part of the mouth

Acid reflux (GERD) occurs in as many as 4 in 10 adults. At that prevalence, it is one of the most common chronic or episodic diseases. A new Korean study reports that acid…

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“I am prepared to go elsewhere for more preventive care”

This statement concluded an e-mail from a manager of  dental benefits at a Canadian company. It shows the commitment by patients to reach a state of better oral health. This same sentiment has…

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the Great American Wellness Experiment

The saying goes “anything catching on in California, comes to Canada sooner or later”. That is just one reason we should pay attention to the Great American Wellness Experiment, most recently described by…

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