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The role of a toothbrush in tooth brushing, intra-oral bacteria

Introduction Recently, scientific literature has been linking intra-oral bacteria to a number of systemic diseases [1,2,3], including cardiovascular disease [4,5] stroke [37,38,39,40,41], preterm birth [9], diabetes [18], and respiratory diseases [6,7,8].  Tooth brushing can reduce, control and/or maintain a better intra-oral bacterial environment, potentially improving self-induced, chronic disease states, such as periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease…

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Pediatric Oral Health – A Medical Solution

Physicians and Dentists must talk It has been 10 years since the US surgeon’ General called for interdisciplinary training between healthcare providers, and this was reiterated in a recent IOM report saying it is time for dentists and physicians to work together (1) A study was presented to IADR in 2011 linking dental disease to…

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Dental Infection and Vascular Diseases

Cultivation of Enterobacter Hormaechei from Human Atherosclerotic Tissue. [Aim: To determine whether culturable bacterial strains are present in human atheromatous tissue and to investigate their properties using culture, quantitative PCR, metagenomic screening, genomic and biochemical methods. Methods: We analyzed femoral atherosclerotic plaque and five pairs of diseased and healthy arterial tissue for the presence of culturable…

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Minimizing Bacteremia in Periodontal Disease Treatment

Localized and systemically adverse effects of the host response to subgingival biofilm microbial “triggers” are critical concerns for clinical practitioners, only heightened by the prevalence of periodontal disease and the limitations of current treatment methods. Scaling and root planing (SRP) is the accepted gold standard in non-surgical treatment for gum disease. Its benefits are well…

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Are You Ready For The Next Wave In Dentistry?

The history of the public’s perception of dentistry may be viewed as consisting of three waves. I use the term “Feel Well Dentistry” to describe the first wave.  During this wave dentists were thought of as who you called to get you out of tooth pain.  The next wave, spearheaded largely by the American Academy…

Geriatric Health Home

Paradigm Shift The Geriatric Health Home model is an integrated collaborative delivery system designed for long care facility residents. This multidisciplinary approach requires a paradigm shift in dental health care from a surgical invasive approach to a preventive, non invasive, interdisciplinary approach. The Geriatric Health Home model is built on evidence-based practice outcomes. This model supports the…

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Inflammation, C-reactive protein, and atherothrombosis.

Inflammation, C-reactive protein, and atherothrombosis. Ridker PM, Silvertown JD. J Periodontol. 2008 Aug;79(8 Suppl):1544-51. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18673009 Abstract Atherothrombosis of the coronary and cerebral vessels is understood to be a disorder of inflammation and innate immunity, as well as a disorder of lipid accumulation. From a vascular biology perspective, the processes of cellular adhesion, monocyte and macrophage…

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Dental Management of the Diabetic Patient

Providing dental treatment to diabetic patients is more complex due to the many number of parallel and co-existing problems inherent with diabetes. Modern medical treatments are making it possible for more people with diabetes to continue productive lives despite the presence of parallel, complex and complicating medical conditions. People are living longer and often have…

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Physicians and Dentists Unite!

On February 25th and 26th, 2011 history was made, “bridging the gap between both sides of healthcare”. A ground-breaking group of Physicians and Dentists participated together in a Bale/Doneen Method Preceptorship Course in Heart Attack, Stroke, and Diabetes Prevention. Dental members of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) joined forces with world class Cardiologists,…

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Medical Testing in the Progressive Dental Office – A New Level of Care

There are an overwhelming number of studies showing that your oral health is related to your body’s overall health. If your mouth isn’t healthy you may be twice as likely to die from a heart attack, three times as likely to die from a stroke and even four to seven times more likely to die…

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A Dentist’s Guide to Medical-Legal Risk Management for the Oral Systemic Connection

Scientific advances have the power to change the faces of dentistry, medicine and law, and to bring with them new rules, standards and accountabilities. These welcomed advances necessarily bring with them changes in diagnostic and clinical treatment protocols, clinician and practice behaviors, and in the way health disciplines work together. They also invite scrutiny and…