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April 4, 2017 News Chronic DiseaseDental CareNews

Missing Teeth Should Be Treated as Chronic Medical Condition

by American College of Prosthodontics

Tooth loss can lead to poor nutrition and is linked to systemic diseases such as diabetes and coronary heart disease. Missing teeth also affects a person’s psychological well-being and ability to function in the workplace. According to the Centers for

March 29, 2017 News Chronic DiseaseNewsOral Health

Patients with Inflammatory Diseases Need Education in Medicinal Options

by The Arthritis Society

2.25 million Canadians are living with inflammatory diseases such as ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis. And as a new report released today makes clear, many of them lack the critical information necessary to

April 7, 2016 News Chronic DiseaseCommunity Dental CareDental CareDental industryGeneral NewsOverall HealthPatient ManagementPreventive DentistryPublic Relations - Patient Care

Where is dentistry going? A chain of prevention practices.

by Kahaliah Richards

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 item was a video interview with a

February 26, 2016 News Chronic DiseaseDental CareGeneral DentistryMedical newsPeriodontologyResearch

Periodontal Health Leads to Lower Health Care Spending by Diabetics

by Kahaliah Richards

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), and lower total type 2 diabetes-related healthcare

February 11, 2016 News Chronic DiseaseDecay assessment and preventionDental CarePeriodontology

An Upset Tummy, and Some Upset Teeth

by Kahaliah Richards

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 upset digestive system is, according to Dr.

February 10, 2016 News Chronic DiseaseDental industryInsuranceOverall HealthWellness

Giving Back is the New Normal in Dentistry

by Kahaliah Richards

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 health is the gateway to overall body

January 26, 2016 News Chronic dental care for the elderlyChronic DiseaseDecay assessment and preventionDental HygieneDiseaseMedical news

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

by Kahaliah Richards

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 that Streptococcus mutans to be the dominant

January 19, 2016 News Chronic DiseaseGeneral NewsManagement

Turning the Corner on Chronic Disease Management

by Kahaliah Richards

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 improvement in healthy eating habits, a decline

January 12, 2016 News Chronic dental care for the elderlyChronic DiseaseDental industryGeneral DentistryMedical newsOverall Health

$45 Per Month

by Kahaliah Richards

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 – makes up 27 per cent of the

January 6, 2016 News Chronic DiseaseDental CareDental HygieneDental industryGeneral DentistryMedical newsPatient Management

Dental Care for Your Mom

by Kahaliah Richards

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 four or more medications taken regularly; this

October 30, 2015 News Chronic DiseaseDental industryMedical newsTooth decay

Rheumatoid diseases and filling up the waiting room

by Kahaliah Richards

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 far more dental decay. It’s a package.

October 20, 2015 News Chronic DiseaseDecay assessment and preventionDental industryGeneral DentistryMedical newsPreventive DentistryTooth decay

Crohn’s, Colitis, Cavities and Crowns

by Kahaliah Richards

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

June 24, 2015 News Chronic DiseaseDental CareDental HygieneGeneral Dentistry

To prevent heart disease — brush your teeth frequently!

by Kahaliah Richards

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 for other risk factors for heart disease

April 23, 2015 News Chronic DiseaseDecay assessment and preventionDental CareGeneral DentistryMedical newsOverall Health

Looking for Parkinson’s and dental decay sooner

by Kahaliah Richards

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. So, most every dental team has a

April 14, 2015 News Chronic DiseaseDental HygieneGeneral Dentistry

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

by Kahaliah Richards

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 simple drug plan so that employees could

November 18, 2014 News Chronic DiseaseMedical news

The body is part of the mouth

by Kahaliah Richards

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 reflux is a significant, independent risk factor

November 11, 2014 News Chronic DiseaseDecay assessment and preventionDental CareGeneral Dentistry

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

by Kahaliah Richards

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 been revealed in all our patient surveys

October 10, 2014 News Chronic DiseaseMedical newsOverall Health

the Great American Wellness Experiment

by Kahaliah Richards

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 the Wall Street Journal. Let me summarize

October 7, 2014 News Chronic DiseaseDental CareGeneral DentistryMedical newsOverall HealthPreventive Dentistry

The “new” Drugstore

by Kahaliah Richards

Have you been watching how American drugstore chains like CVS and Walgreens are redefining themselves? They all want to be part of a healthcare network first rather than a convenient general store dispensing prescription medications. In Walgreens’ case, it is

July 3, 2014 News Chronic DiseaseDental CareGeneral DentistryGeneral NewsMedical newsOverall HealthWellness

Dental cleanings improve lung function in COPD patients

by Kahaliah Richards

The Canadian Lung Association reports that 10% of Canadians have lung disease or COPD.  Half of these 3 million Canadians have a formal diagnosis, the others simply struggle on with difficulty breathing. A growing number of studies have connected oral