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Failure to keep up with the times

By Ross Perry | Apr 23, 2019

A family relative recently sent me an email about her dental plan and its failure to keep up with the times. read below:

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Millennials’ complex relationship with oral health services

By Ross Perry | Apr 16, 2019

The American Dental Association estimates that less than 1 in 3 Millennial (those in their 20s and 30s) visit the dentist each year – the lowest visit rate among any generation except for those over age 75.

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Oral inflammation = systemic inflammation

By Ross Perry | Apr 9, 2019

A new study in The Lancet reports a significant reduction in inflammatory markers in the blood after intensive non-surgical periodontal treatment (NSPT). Have a look at the above chart.

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Oral dysbiosis and COPD

By Ross Perry | Apr 4, 2019

Julie DiNardo, RDH (Hamilton, ON) reports a patient with long-term respiratory disease has recently improved lung function. the patient’s respirologist and the patient are unsure why the improvement. So the patient asked Julie if it has anything to do with Prevora, an antiseptic which she has been receiving in Julie’s practice for the past 5 years.

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Ping pong

By Ross Perry | Apr 2, 2019

…the (possibly deadly) game of bouncing patients between the dentists and the physician.

How So? Well, as explained as an example by a Forbes article, diabetics are considered the exclusive domain of physicians. Gum infections require a visit to the dentist. Yet these 2 chronic, inflammatory disease are interrelated.

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Rethinking geriatric oral healthcare

By Ross Perry | Mar 26, 2019

Hygienists often tell me their “horror stories” in serving older patients in retirement residences and nursing homes. These stories cover the waterfront – rampant decay among those with dementia, can’t get past the front door, gross inflammation in the mouth, preoccupation by the nursing team and unwillingness by the family to pay for better oral health until it is too late.

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Reducing medical costs

By Ross Perry | Mar 12, 2019

In this new age of containing medical costs, it seems the ultimate argument and purpose for oral health services is better overall health. For example, note this excerpt form a recent blog in Health Affairs, an influential journal in organizing the healthcare system: “Periodontal disease treatment can reduce medical costs in patients with diabetes, coronary artery disease, and cerebral vascular disease. Gum disease is strongly linked to poor cognitive brain function among patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The risk of developing dementia has been found to be higher in those with periodontitis than those without it.”

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Targeting high risk patients

By Ross Perry | Mar 5, 2019

A recent assessment from the Cochrane Reports concluded that regular hygiene visits for scaling and polishing (a routine procedure for preventing gum disease and tooth decay) had no clinical benefit. Here’s the data which supports this conclusion:

“Healthy” patients with no scaling and polishing over 3 years had 39.3% of their teeth with bleeding gums.

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To improve health disparities, focus on oral health

By Ross Perry | Feb 26, 2019

That’s the recommendation on a new blog from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. How so? well, here’s an argument.
Let’s begin by recognizing chronic diseases such as diabetes and COPD have a much higher prevalence in poorer communities than rich ones. For example, about 4 in 100 adults in Rosedale (high income) in Toronto have diabetes, whereas, 3 kilometers away in St. Jamestown (low income), 12 in 100 are diabetic.

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Nellie_E

“I have enjoyed better gums and teeth with Prevora – for years.”

- Nellie E.

Judith_G

“Prevora has improved my gums and protected my teeth. This is very important to me”.

- Judith G.

richard_J

“I couldn’t brush my teeth for 6 weeks after surgery for oral cancer. But with Prevora treatment before my surgery, my teeth were fine".  

- Richard J.

Thomas-B

“I am a stroke survivor and brushing my teeth is difficult. With Prevora over the past few years, my teeth are healthy and so are my gums.”

- Thomas B.

Bruce-B

“After years of several fillings each year, Prevora has made me cavity free for 10 years.”

- Bruce B.

john_P

“No cavities for years. Painless. Affordable. What more do you need to know?”

- John P.

phyllis_P

“Mom’s oral health has really improved with Prevora. This gives me peace of mind”.

- Lori T.

Daughter of Phyllis P.
Margaret-C

For years I have had troubles with my teeth and gums. Since Prevora, it is the first time I feel like my teeth and gums are healthy.

Margaret C.

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