Bad oral health increases chances for heart disease

February 18th, 2014

It's common knowledge that cardiovascular disease, also known as heart disease, is a heavy killer among adults throughout the developed world. However, most people don't associate the condition with oral health. Dental academic software can help clinics inform and guide patients into a habit of proper dental care, helping to improve not only oral health, but general well-being altogether.

In a recent press release from the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association, group president Mary Bertone reminded patients and dentists alike that there are millions of bacteria in the mouth, and ignoring dental routines can lead to dangerous consequences. Bertone writes that poor oral hygiene can cause bacteria to inflame, grow and ultimately spread at what she described as "alarming rates." In some cases, if left unattended long enough, these bacteria have even been known to seep into a person's bloodstream.

Heart disease is a proven killer. In the United States alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that the illness is responsible for 1 in every 4 deaths, amounting to approximately 600,000 people annually. For both men and women, cardiovascular disease has become the leading cause of death, leading health care professionals to begin placing a larger emphasis on preventative care.

The CDHA encourages patients to brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat healthy, avoid tobacco and visit the dentist regularly. But for clinics wanting to take a more efficient and proactive approach, dental software has a variety of functions professionals can leverage for better care.

For instance, newer digital systems can help clinics better educate and interact with their patients. Clients can quickly schedule appointments through an online portal and peruse a comprehensive library of dental procedure videos – to better understand their own oral care – while staff streamline their own processes through electronic charts and billing shortcuts.

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