What will it take to prove the oral-systemic links?
from Dental Economics
A mountain of evidence has accumulated indicating associations between the mouth and the body; however, they have not yet been proven. The lack of proof is the reason for the reluctance of many companies, organizations, and individual healthcare professionals to accept and, more importantly, act on those mouth-body connections for the benefit of our patients. What do we know for certain at this point? There is an overwhelming body of evidence indicating that the untreated or inadequately treated periodontal lesion results in ulceration of the gingival epithelium due to the destruction of the subjacent connective tissue.
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