With time, increasing amounts of research point to the correlation between oral and systemic health. Recent studies show that treating gum disease reduces local and systemic inflammation, increases circulation and can even reduce the need for insulin for those with diabetes.
These findings indicate that dentists can, should and will play a greater role in peoples overall health. Millions of Americans saw a dentist but not a medical doctor in 2008 according to a study in the American Journal of public health published this month.
An estimated six million Americans have diabetes and do not realize it. Dentists can help alert them. A study from New York University in 2009 found that over 90% of people with periodontal disease are at risk for diabetes according to the criteria set by the American Diabetes Association.
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