Untreated oral disease can lead to aspiration pneumonia, bacterial endocarditis and other systemic diseases.
What is the mortality rate attributable to preventable oral diseases for different populations?
Integrating oral health care into primary care settings can provide oral health preventive services across the lifespan.
Is one model more effective in preventing oral diseases?
Hypothesis: The chronic and intermittent acute pain caused by Early Childhood Caries (ECC) is correlated to a higher pain tolerance throughout the lifespan and different incidence of chronic diseases than people who did not experience ECC .
What are the root causes of Early Childhood Caries (ECC) and how are they be correlated to the social determinants of health and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) scores?
Does the experience of ECC predict adverse health outcomes and is it similar to the adverse health outcomes predicted by ACEs scores?
Humans are designed to be nose breathers, but somewhere along the way, nose breathing can change to mouth breathing, with dire consequences: dry mouth, caries, bad breath, snoring, enlarged tonsils, high, narrow palate, crowded teeth, long face syndrome, ADHD symptoms, and poor sleep with reduced human growth hormone released. It’s time to document what clinicians are seeing.
It is necessary to create a centralized research database similar to NHANES for tracking oral health across the lifespan. This will allow for research focused on oral health outcomes and will increase access for data to support evidence-based clinical practice for patients.
Conduct research on how oral disease and craniofacial disorders affect social wellness, self-esteem and mental health status of individuals. Explore whether individuals with poor oral health, especially those in underserved populations with less opportunity or access to dental care, experience bias in society, for example hiring or promotion for jobs.
There is a need to do pragmatic randomized clinical trials with large sample sizes in large health care systems (HCS) that include both dental and medical providers to answer questions regarding the effectiveness of current management strategies for patients with temporomandibular disorders with co-morbid headache and neck pain as well as wide spread pain.
The National Dental PBRN has shown that primary care dentists in clinical practice will enthusiastically participate in clinical research, and the Network has developed an appropriate infrastructure to facilitate this research. Now the Network is ready to do simple pragmatic randomized clinical trials (RCT) that are feasible to implement in these settings.