A cool feature to the main Women's Health website is the opportunity for you and your patients to check out your own health screening timeline. Basically, it is based on your age range and is matched with a pre-selected screening.
I applaud raising awareness for our overall health. But I am curious about this: Oral health is not even mentioned in relation to systemic health or overall health. In fact, the 4 health topics that affect our oral health are bone health, diabetes, heart health, and sexual health.
Let's look at a few topics briefly and discuss the possible correlation between oral health and screening. This may give you some insight to connect to your patient's health history and assist them with their current state of oral health. It may also spur some much needed interest in women, communities, or organizations that may not have recognized the value of prevention via oral health.
Beginning at age 50, osteoporosis screenings are recommended. A panoramic film is also fundamental in diagnosing and monitoring jaw bone health. This is critical for those taking bone building medication and those considering investments for dental implants. Remember this: Gum tissue may be an issue, yet bone sets the tone.
From age 18+ the screenings are basically the same. My concern is the lack of information about HPV. How much impact would it have to share the growing relationship between HPV and oral cancer?
While we do not have the ability to alter the interactive screening chart, we are aware of what is and is not included, and its link to oral health. This information alone makes each of us accountable for our patients' well being.
The other topics for Women's Health Week that may be advantageous for us to address with our patients are managing stress, getting adequate sleep, and eating better. This discussion will be in our next blog entry! I look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments!
Till then; Take What You Learn & Make a Difference with It!
Anastasia challenges dental professionals to continually raise the standard of patient care. She is an author in several dental industry publications and is published as an oral health source for numerous online consumer-based sites. Her weekly video blog on YouTube; Anastasia's Hump Day Happenings answers questions from the general public on oral health topics. Anastasia is a spokesperson, independent consultant, working with several companies to develop website content, social media presence, continuing education programs and in-office training for dental hygiene departments on product integration with team communication.