Resources for Medical Professionals

Dental and Oral Health Articles by Medical and Dental Experts

We’ve compiled these peer-reviewed studies and medical articles written specifically for medical and dental professionals. You’ll find information about the oral-systemic connection as well as research linking the health of the mouth to overall health. We welcome you to share research and articles you’ve found on these topics. Please send them to We’ll review the information and add relevant research to this page.
  • 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.

Gum Disease & Heart Disease: Surprising Link

Periodontal Disease Can Lead to Heart Disease
The Link Between Tooth Decay & Heart Disease
Heart Disease and Dental Health Facebook Chat
How Oral Health Affects the Body
Gum Disease Is A Risk for Heart Disease
Oral Health Is Associated With Cardiovascular Risk

The Oral-Systemic Connection and Why It’s Important for Dental Professionals

The Oral-Systemic Connection and Why It’s Important for Medical Professionals