UC Merced UC Merced Undergraduate Research Journal Title Importance of Improving Communication Between Health Professionals Publication Date

Kinney
2015 UC Merced Undergraduate Research Journal   unpublished
Although most patients believe maintaining oral hygiene only affects the mouth, many risk factors from untreated gingivitis involve developing serious medical complications at distant sites within the body because the bacteria can spread into the bloodstream. As a result dentists need to better coordinate their treatment of periodontal disease with medical practitioners because oral disease may indicate both an undiagnosed medical problem and cause a medical problem. Dentists, doctors and
more » ... ts need to work together to take precautionary measures to help reduce the risks of developing periodontal disease or systemic diseases. Therefore, more efficient collaboration between medical professionals treating dental health as a part of general health will aid in reducing the risks for certain medical complications such as diabetes mellitus and coronary heart disease.
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