Oral Health + Overall Health

Inflammation: Causative link between oral and systemic disease

It's time to stop referring to the 'interesting associations' between oral health and general health and state outright that oral inflammation is a contributing cause of diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Reducing inflammation substantially reduces health costs by reducing hospitalizations. Private insurers have known this AND acted on it for over a decade. Avalere has estimated that basic dental care can save Medicare $63.5 billion over 10 years net of the costs of dental care.

Comment No. 82