Tuesday, October 10, 2017

We cannot have good health without good oral health

Dr. Renee Joskow, Chief Dental Officer for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), emphasizes the importance of oral health to overall health in a recent interview. She describes "the mouth is the window into the health of the rest of the body." Evidence links poor oral health with other conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and low birth weight.

Poor oral health also impacts economic and lifelong achievements and is associated with missed work and school and lower employability. A dental visit can be the early detection and prevention point for other diseases and conditions.

Dr. Joskow also highlights Colorado's Cavity Free at Three program as a good model for integrating oral health into primary care settings. We all can do our part to promote oral health by referring individuals and families to providers and programs.

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