Friday, March 28, 2014

Chairside Medical Screenings

Screening for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol in the dental office could save the health care system up to 102.6 million each year, according to ADA health policy resources center.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 7.8% of the US population has undiagnosed hypertension, 2.7 percent has undiagnosed diabetes and 8.2% has undiagnosed high cholesterol. Leaving conditions undiagnosed and untreated typically leads to more expensive procedures down the road.  If dentists can help catch some of these predisposing  and chronic conditions earlier, we are helping  the individual patient as well as the over all health care system... 

Based on a Gallup survey, chronic diseases cost  the country 153 billion annually in lost productivity.

As many as 27 million visit the dentist but not a physician  in a given year.  This presents  an opportunity for dentists to be part of an integrated health care team working to combat chronic illnesses and improve oral and overall health.

For more information on the mouth- body connection, visit

"My three decades of dental experience has reaffirmed that 'The Mouth is the Mirror to the Body'" says Dr. Cherukuri, from her Chino, California dental practice. Chronic and  some terminal conditions have been diagnosed in our office through dental exams resulting in timely intervention and lives saved.

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