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 problems two-fold. And another is chronic inflammatory bowel disease and dental decay.
A new study which tracked Swedish adults for several years found that those with Crohn’s disease or colitis has significantly more dental work than age and gender-matched healthy controls. In particular, Crohn’s patients had 65% more removable dentures, 52% more fillings in the front teeth, and 46% more root canals than healthy peers.
The CDC reports the prevalence of Crohn’s in the US to be 201/100,000 and colitis to be 238/100,000.
This new information should help dental professionals and dental insurers and administrators, target more preventive dental care. In particular, the hygienist who typically administers the medical history of the patient, should be assessing the presence of any inflammatory bowel disease, and when discovered, should recommend more prevention with Prevora.
For more information, please visit: http://partnersinprevention.ca/.
By: Ross Perry
SOURCED: Partners In Prevention – http://partnersinprevention.ca/crohns-colitis-cavities-and-crowns/.