Dental Office: Front Line of Health
Each year nearly 20 million Americans who see their dentist do NOT see a physician (American Journal of Public Health). The average physician visit lasts between 10 and 20 minutes, giving patients much less time with health care providers than at a dental visit (Journal of General Internal Medicine). Patients should visit the dentist twice a year, at least, but often see a physician once a year or less.
Approximately 78% of the adult US population has periodontal disease (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research). Less than 3% of those with periodontal disease receive treatment (American Academy of Periodontology). Health care cost are 21% higher for patients with severe periodontal disease than those with no periodontal disease (Journal of Periodontology). Periodontal disease is linked to the following health conditions:
- Birth of Premature Low-Birth Weight Babies which causes 20,000 Infant Deaths each year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
- Pancreatic Cancer which causes 38,000 Deaths each year (National Cancer Institue).
- Coronary Artery Disease which contributes to 445,00 Deaths each year (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).
- Diabetes which contributes to 230,000 Deaths each year (American Diabetes Association).
36,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year (Oral Cancer Foundation).Only half the people diagnosed with oral cancer are alive in 5 years (Oral Cancer Foundation).One person dies every hour from oral cancer (Oral Cancer Foundation).When discovered in early stages, the oral cancer survival rate leaps to 80% - 90% (SEER).When surveyed, only 15% of patients who went to the dentist reported receiving an oral cancer exam (American Dental Association).More than 20 million people in the United States are infected with HPV and there are approximately 6 million new cases each year (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).15% to 25% of oropharyngeal cancer cases are associated with HPV16 (Journal of National Cancer Institute).
50 - 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders (The Institute of Medicine).Reducing sleep from 7 hours to 5 doubles risk of cardiovascular death (University College London).An estimate 18 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea (American Academy of Sleep Medicine).80% - 90% of sleep apnea sufferers remain undiagnosed and untreated (American Academy of Sleep Medicine)Moderate sleep apnea increase risk of death by 17%, sever sleep apnea increases risk of death by up to 46% (Public Library of Science, Medicine).
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Forgetting to brush twice a day raises your risk of heart disease by 70% (British Medical Journal)Men and women with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without (American Academy of Periodontology)Periodontal disease can exacerbate existing heart conditions (American Academy of Periodontology).
95% of Americans with diabetes have periodontal disease (American Dental Hygienists Association)Periodontal disease makes it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar, which can lead to health complications (Journal of Periodontology)Not only are diabetics more likely to have periodontal disease, but periodontal patients are also more likely to develop diabetes (American Diabetes Association).
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