Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cigna Study Shows That Treating Periodontal Disease Leads to Less Emergency Room Visits

Yet another study shows the connection between gum disease and systemic (whole body) health.
 The latest one that I read was done by Cigna.  You can read the full article here.

It is really quite amazing when you consider the volume of evidence coming from researchers today.  It seems like every time you turn around, researchers are finding another link between gum disease and some other body problem.

Now, less emergency room visits!  Wow.

So, this is really just a modern day validation of ancient wisdom.   Farmers today still understand the value of checking an animal's mouth before purchase.  They know that the mouth reflects the body.  The wisdom of farm life has taught them that and this knowledge has been passed down in this form for possibly thousands of years!

The mouth reflects the body.

Perhaps one of the biggest objective indicators of the presence of gum disease (periodontal disease) is those periodontal pocket depths.  And this is important for people to know.

Above 3mm = BAD   Below 3mm=Good.

If patients understood this correlation, they would probably be more interested in doing something about their periodontal issues.  Of course, the first step would be to recognize the problem in the first place!  And we know that so many do not.

Doctors and Hygienists often do their best to help the patient understand the problem and what they can do about it.  But the volume of information is just not enough.    The connections are hard to make in a 45 minute to 1 hour visit during which time the patient has their mouth wide open while being talked to (or at) by the clinician or hygienist!

Something that I believe can help is the Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator- it is something that is relatively easy to use at home.   It comes with simple instructions.  Most importantly,  as many doctors have been discovering,  it is helping patients to do a better job with oral health at home and they are seeing correspondingly smaller pocketing on subsequent visits!   This is great news!

This one tool, simple in design can make a big difference in patient's lives!


And don't forget about prevention as well.  Many expensive dental procedures could be avoided in the first place, if patient's were more educated about prevention.   My favorite.   



PS:  Get your free guides on fighting gum disease and stopping bad breath  

PPS: prevention can also help a lot in reducing an individual's or family's health care costs.  My favorite prevention tool. 


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