Should Medicine, Dentistry Be More Closely Aligned?

It’s no secret that dental health has a big impact on our overall health. So should dentistry be more closely aligned with other branches of medicine.

That’s the argument Sachin Jain makes on the Forbes site. Jain writes:

Today, healthcare professionals know more than ever about avariety of links between oral health and other health conditions. Some examples: gum infections (periodontitis) have been linked to premature birth and low birth weight; diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection, which can lead to severe gum disease; painful mucosal lesions of the mouth, again caused by impaired immunity, are common in people who have HIV/AIDS; and certain medications that cause dry mouth —  decongestants, antihistamines, and antidepressants, for example — can reduce saliva flow, causing an increase in bacterial acidity inside the mouth, which often leads to tooth decay.

And yet, even as the scientific relationships between these ailments are becoming better defined, dentists and physicians are playing ping pong with their patients. Diabetes is considered the exclusive domain of physicians. Gum infections require a visit to the dentist. Sadly, this attitude leads dentists and physicians to ignore any problems they simply deem beyond their respective domains—or leave it in the hands of the patient to follow-up. As a result, these ailments often go undiagnosed and untreated.

That state of affairs makes it even more important for you to get the best possible care. In dentistry in Plantation, that means Dr. Steven A. Rosenberg and Associates.

Our team of amazing doctors, gentle dental hygienists, thorough clinical technicians, and friendly office team will ensure your dentist office visit is nothing short of exemplary. We specialize in CBCT 3D Scan, Digital X-Rays, Cerec Crown and Bridges (in one day), Laser Technology, Dental Implants, Invisalign, Veneers, Cosmetic Bonding, White Fillings, Tooth Scaling, Root Planning, and Dentures.


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