Three local dentists were among the more than 400 health care professionals in attendance at the third annual American Academy for Oral Systemic Health Science meeting in Las Vegas recently.
Drs. Julie Kellogg of Tietan Dental Team, Nannette Goyer of Inland Family Dentistry and Norman Saager of Broadway Family Dental attended the conference, which featured 27 presentations on the mouth-body health connections. That included links between oral health and heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and cancer.
The trio returned with insight into physicians’ interest in their patients’ more thorough dental care.
With nearly 80 percent of the American population suffering from gingivitis or gum disease, the doorway is open for harmful bacteria to enter the bloodstream and activate the immune system, they said. A healthier mouth can lead to a healthier body they concluded.
“This is all a part of the new trend in dentistry and medicine where physicians and dentists are starting to work closer together to lower health care costs and to help manage diabetes, avoid heart disease and stroke and Alzheimer’s, prevent problems during pregnancy, and better control inflammation, among other things,” Kellogg said in a statement.