Here’s how Michigan providers are improving whole-body health by integrating dental and primary care

January 9, 2020 – Second Wave Media – The negative effects of poor oral health extend into all elements of patients’ lives. But Michigan providers have begun to address that by introducing integrated oral care into their practices.

“Studies have shown long-term that patients with gum disease have more premature births and low birth weight babies and heart disease. Tooth loss is a risk for coronary artery disease and is connected with diabetes. Cardiovascular disease has been linked to periodontal disease,” says Dr. Timothy Hill, Cherry Health‘s director of dental services and interim chief oral health officer. “The reality is dental care is important for whole body health care, not just for the toothache and difficulty eating.”

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