“Traditionally, there’s been a separation between oral health and overall health,” said Deutchman. “We’re trying to put that all back together.”
The idea, he said, is that a person’s mind and body are connected, and if someone is experiencing oral health issues, that will affect his or her overall health, causing more issues.
“We know nearly half of our health depends on our personal choices: what we eat, how much we exercise,” Deutchman said. “The fact is medical people need to address their patients’ oral and mental health at the same time.”
Poor oral health has been shown to affect or be linked to other chronic medical diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and strokes. Children, too, are also vulnerable to the negative impacts of bad oral health. READ MORE