Oral health

If the first vision that comes to mind when you think “dental hygienist” is your dentist’s office, that’s terrific, but there is a larger story to tell. According to a 2017 Journal of Dental Education article , by 2040, “…many more [dental hygienists] will practice with multidisciplinary health care teams in large-group dental and medical practices and in a variety of nontraditional community settings.” Often the first line of defense for dental patients—in oral education services, preventive care and disease assessment—is their dental hygienist. In honor of National Dental Hygiene Month , it’s a good time to highlight the critical role that dental hygienists play in connecting oral health...
Dear Research Advocate: With Kavli, Janssen, Lasker, Heinz and Nobel announcements made at this time of year, we all have an opportunity to salute scientific accomplishments, and also focus more public attention on science. The Kavli prizes were awarded in Oslo last month and the Lasker awards a few weeks later. And this week, three Nobel prizes were announced . These include the Nobel for Physiology or Medicine, to Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi “for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy.” Just two weeks ago today, I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Ohsumi when Janssen Pharmaceuticals awarded him the Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research. A panel discussion following the award...
Recent research suggests that oral health is closely tied to overall physical health, and poor oral health could play a role in a wide range of diseases like diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. As such, it is becoming clear that obtaining good oral healthcare services is just as important as getting quality medical care. However, 1 in 5 Americans 65 and older have untreated cavities, and over 70% have periodontal disease. Research!America and Colgate-Palmolive hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on Tuesday, October 4 in Washington, D.C. to discuss oral health challenges facing older adults in the United States featuring top experts in the fields of public health and dentistry. Dr. Michael...
Dear Research Advocate: Monday’s presidential debate had a promising start when, during her opening remarks, Secretary Clinton listed “innovation and technology” as an investment priority, but neither candidate touched on the need for faster medical progress or a rock solid public health system. Read more on the debate on our Campaign for Cures blog . If you feel so inclined, tweet Mr. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) and Secretary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) and ask them to make use of the next debate to tell Americans what they will do to fight health threats - ongoing like cancer and emerging like Zika - that rob Americans of time, independence and hope. Do the same for vice presidential...
Dear Research Advocate: While Senate leadership had originally planned to pass a continuing resolution (CR) this week and leave town, negotiations are ongoing. Odds still are that a short-term CR providing $1.1 billion in emergency Zika funding will be signed into law before the 9/30/16 deadline. We’ll keep you posted. The 21st Century Cures Initiative (Cures) is on hold once again. Earlier today, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton’s (R-MI-06) staff reported progress on a compromise bill crafted to pass both houses of Congress this year, but said it will not be considered until after the elections. Cures advocacy may have a “rock of Sisyphus” feel to it, but there’s...
For over 30 years, researchers have been studying the role oral health plays on overall health. Much of this research has focused on determining the relationship between periodontal disease and systemic diseases such as diabetes. And while research on this continues through today, enough is known to safely say that the presence of periodontal disease is associated with diabetes. Through existing studies, researchers have come to believe that the inflammation from the infected gum tissue enters the blood stream and affects a variety of organ systems. In a patient with diabetes, this results in a higher HbA1c level and impaired ability to control serum glucose. Findings also suggest that a...
Dear Research Advocate, "Never Settle" is the empowering guiding theme used by Janssen Pharmaceuticals to underscore the emphasis the company places on innovation to benefit patients. In my visit to their Spring House, PA, site today to participate in a worldwide town hall, I was struck by how their theme epitomizes the advocacy drive and determination of Research!America and all our partners in advocacy for research. I was glad to report to Janssen's teams that more and more members of Congress are championing research and innovation to benefit patients worldwide. Consider the comments of Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) about the FY16 Senate “Labor-H” appropriations draft, which reportedly...
Leading up to Public Health Thank You Day (PHTYD), there is no accomplishment more worthy to celebrate than community water fluoridation . Optimal water fluoridation is a safe and cost-effective intervention, reducing oral health disparities and preventing tooth decay by 25% over a lifetime. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers community water fluoridation as one of the ten greatest public health achievements of the 20 th century. September marked the 70 th anniversary of community water fluoridation and its longstanding public health benefits. To commemorate this seminal anniversary, Representative Mike Simpson, D.M.D. (R-ID) introduced H.Res.416 , a resolution...
Dear Research Advocate: There is a flurry of activity in Washington. Not only has the Supreme Court ruled on King v. Burwell , but the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have wrapped up consideration of their respective “Labor-H” appropriations bills, regular order we haven't seen for six years. The implications of the Supreme Court ruling are far-reaching, but one political effect could be a return to partisan gridlock in Congress. We can't let that get in the way of passage of 21st Century Cures Act. Please contact your representative in the House and ask them to champion 21st Century Cures. Whether or not they are among the 206 (!) bipartisan cosponsors to date, the more noise we...
By Foti Panagakos, DMD, PhD, global director of scientific affairs at Colgate-Palmolive Oral health has been demonstrated to be associated with, and an important influencer of, overall health. The role of prevention is critical to reducing, and eventually eliminating what the WHO has deemed an epidemic, caries or cavities in teeth. This is the most prevalent disease among children, with more than 60% of 5 year olds having at least one cavity. In addition, research over the last 25 years has shown that in patients who have a chronic disease, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, and concomitant serious gum or periodontal disease, the treatment of the oral disease will improve the...

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