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Rewriting the job description

By Ross Perry | Feb 12, 2019

Sometimes new science and discoveries come along to rewrite the job description for an industry or profession. Think of the Internet and its redefinition of the community library, for example.

A similar situation may well be emerging in hygiene– er, let’s call it oral healthcare for reasons given below.

Recently, the bidirectional linkage between oral health and cognitive decline has heated up. If your patients haven’t already asked you about it, read this article.

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Targeting preventive services

By Ross Perry | Feb 7, 2019

The Cochrane Library recently updated its evaluation about the merits of a hygienist cleaning above and below the gum line. Its conclusion: target these procedures for those at very high risk of poor oral health because there is little evidence of clinical merit or cost-effectiveness for these hygiene procedures for adults at little or no risk.

While this makes sense, the reality is our dental insurance schemes in Canada do not recognize risk in their reimbursement for oral health services. Someone who is low risk has the same entitlements as those at high risk. Your gums are healthy — you get 10 units of scaling each year. Your gums are bleeding and inflamed — you get the same.

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The physician and oral health

By Ross Perry | Feb 5, 2019

“If balance is symbiosis then the loss of balance is dysbiosis… you can call it disease. Asthma, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, even depression and autism, can be understood in terms more familiar to ecologists than doctors.”

This is an excerpt from a recent opiotn letter published in the British Medical Journal, January 14, 2019. It was written by a physician who understands that the vast populations of microbes in the human body play a vital role in the onset and management of chronic diseases.

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Pay for performance in oral healthcare

By Ross Perry | Jan 31, 2019

Value based care and pay for performance contracts are quickly seeping into healthcare. Here’s an example. In 2019, a large Dutch insurer decided to pay its doctors and psychiatrists treating depression and mood disorders, on how much better the patient feels, rather than on the number of counseling sessions. (Not surprisingly, the Dutch Association of…

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Cognitive Function and Oral Health

By Ross Perry | Oct 2, 2018

The connection between oral health and cognitive function is intriguing, and seemingly is getting clearer. For example, a new prospective Japanese study of seniors living in the community reports that those with fewer teeth, were 3 times more likely to have a decline in cognitive function over 4 years, than those with more teeth. In…

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Improving Diabetes Management by Improving Oral Health

By Ross Perry | Sep 27, 2018

Several intervention studies now show that a dental cleaning below the gum line leads to improved glycemic control (HbA1C) in Type 2 diabetics for up to 6 months. There are about 3 million Type 2 diabetics in Canada and another 5 million who are pre-diabetic. It is an expensive chronic disease largely driven by age…

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Managing Oral Inflammation – What Gives?

By Ross Perry | Sep 15, 2017

Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common chronic diseases – it affects 7 in 10 adults. Severe gum disease, as indicated by extensive and repetitive inflammation/bleeding and even teeth which wobble, is experienced by 1 in 10 adults. Gum disease is now considered to have a bidirectional relationship with Type 2 diabetes and…

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