Resources for Medical Professionals
Read dental and oral health research and articles written by medical and dental experts.
- American Academy for Oral & Systemic Health (AAOSH)
- 2020 Surgeon General’s Report: Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges
- The U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on oral health executive summary (July 2000)
- Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General
- ScienceDirect: Oral infections and systemic disease—an emerging problem in medicine
- Washington State Department of Health: Oral Diseases and Other Systemic Conditions
- American Society for Microbiology: Systemic Diseases Caused by Oral Infections
- Mayo Clinic: Oral health: A window to your overall health
- ENP Manifesto: Perio and General Health
- United Concordia Dental white paper
- Oral health’s inextricable connection to systemic health: Special populations bring to bear multimodal relationships and factors connecting periodontal disease to systemic diseases and conditions
- The Stockholm Study: Over 30 years’ Observation of the Effect of Oral Infections on Systemic Health
- The vital importance of the oral systemic link
- Baseline Oral Health Study: Uncover the connections to general health
- Harvard Medical School: Gum disease and heart disease
- National Institutes of Health: The link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease
- Journal of Periodontology: Role for Periodontal Bacteria in Cardiovascular Diseases
- Science Daily: Connection between mouth bacteria, inflammation in heart disease
- The BMJ Postgraduate Medical Journal: High-risk periodontal pathogens contribute to the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis
- Cleveland Clinic: Oral Health & Risk for CV Disease
- Does Oral Health Affect Your Heart?
- Poor oral health and blood pressure control among US hypertensive adults
- American Heart Association: Oral Bacterial Signatures in Cerebral Thrombi of Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke Treated With Thrombectomy
- Stroke: A Journal of Cerebral Circulation: Periodontal Disease as a Risk Factor for Ischemic Stroke
- Medscape: More Evidence Links Gum Disease to Stroke Risk
- Saebo: The Hidden Connection Between Gum Disease and Stroke
- National Institutes for Health: Gingivitis and periodontitis as a risk factor for stroke: A case-control study in the Iranian population
- PubMed: Association between periodontal disease and stroke
- National Health Institute: Periodontitis and Alzheimer’s Disease: A Possible Comorbidity between Oral Chronic Inflammatory Condition and Neuroinflammation
- Science Daily: Link between gum disease and cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s
- MedicineNet: A Link Between Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s?
- Science Alert: The cause of Alzheimer’s could be coming from inside your mouth, study claims
- Biomed Central: The association between rheumatoid arthritis and periodontal disease
- Arthritis Foundation: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gum Disease
- Everyday Health: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gum Disease: What You Need to Know
- National Institutes of Health: Periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis: the evidence accumulates for complex pathobiologic interactions
- National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (UK): Gum Disease
- NBC News: Could Gum Disease Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis?
- Rheumatology Advisor: Bi-Directional Links Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Periodontal Disease
- Watch Dr. Amy Doneen’s oral systemic link expert tip
- Watch this video on the oral systemic connection and why it’s important for dental professionals.
- Watch this video on the oral-systemic connection
- Watch this video on the mouth-body connection and the link between oral health and heart health.
- Part 1: Watch this video on the spread of bacteria in periodontitis
- Part 2: Watch this video on the spread of bacteria in periodontitis
- Part 3: Watch this video on the spread of bacteria in periodontitis
- Part 4: Watch this video on the spread of bacteria in periodontitis
- Doctors: Please download this form. Then contact your patient’s dentist and use the form to ask questions about your patient’s oral health.
A letter as simple as this will help you greatly when diagnosing and treating many systemic diseases. If you know there is periodontal disease, which often has no pain, and your patient has an elevated WBC and you can’t identify the source, consider the mouth.
If your patient is diabetic, has had a heart attack, has stents and possibly a heart valve, dental and oral information is valuable and can identify a likely source of bacteria – from periodontal disease or dental abscesses.
When you – as their physician – tell a patient they need a healthy mouth, it carries a different weight than when the dentist tells them. The U.S. Surgeon General said it in 2000 and again in 2020: You can’t have a healthy body with an unhealthy mouth.
Physicians: Fax, email, or U.S. mail this request to your patient’s dentist and any dental specialists including a periodontist, oral surgeon, endodontist, or orthodontist.
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