AAFP supports new oral health care initiative

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, a new comprehensive health care system is beginning to emerge, one that focuses on all aspects of health for a range of ages. This new plan combines primary care with oral health and understanding.

By not addressing many of the apparent oral problems that can be easily treated, serious issues can and will develop over time.

“Oral disease is largely preventable and can complicate the management of other chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease,” said Qualis Health President and CEO Jonathan Sugarman, M.D., M.P.H., in a news release. “Engaging primary care teams in oral health is a critical strategy for reducing the impact of oral diseases and improving population health.”

In addition to poor diabetic control, other issues that can be associated with periodontal disease include heart disease, stroke, obesity and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Steps for Better Oral Health

How can families begin paths toward better oral health now? Keep the following three tips in mind for changes that can begin tonight:

  • Brush and floss daily: Both you and your children should be able to distinguish between normal occurrences in the mouth and issues that may pop up from time to time. By brushing and flossing daily, any changes that appear can be tracked and taken care of right away.
  • Early treatment initiatives: Be sure to take your children to see an orthodontist by the age of 7. In doing this, any issues can be addressed in a timely manner or put to rest as not a real problem.
  • Pay attention to morning and night routines: Create an easy routine to mimic daily, such as brushing together in the morning and to a song at night. When an element of fun is added, oral health can often be achieved in a better manner.

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