Gum Disease Links to Heart Disease and Stroke

Heart Disease Several theories exist to explain the link between periodontal disease and heart disease. One theory is that oral bacteria can affect the heart when they enter the blood stream, attaching to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries (heart blood vessels) and contributing to clot formation. Coronary artery disease is characterized by a thickening…

Dental grants aim to improve oral health in Clark County

By Dave Northfield, Kaiser Permanente Monday, October 3, 2011 Dental Office Experts have long known that oral health is often a window into a person’s total health. Signs of more serious issues can often be spotted first when the patient opens wide for a dentist. Here’s an example: studies have shown a link between heart…

Millions of Americans Lack Access to Dental Care: Report

WEDNESDAY, July 13 (HealthDay News) — More than 33 million Americans live in areas with too few dentists to meet their needs, and millions of children and retirees lack access to good oral health care because they can’t afford it, a new government report finds. “Persistent and systemic” barriers continue to block many Americans’ access…