You’ve heard me rave on about the finer (and coarser) points of oral-systemic health…from oral cancer to periodontal diseases–from heart disease and stroke–to pregnancy–to diabetes–to health-care costs…and beyond. Now, you might (logically?) assume that the great multi-faceted connection between your mouth and every cell in your body is pretty common (even mainstream?) knowledge…unfortunately, it’s not. Not by a longshot.
Sure–more and more dentists are on board with your mouth being a window, even a ‘computer screen’ of sorts, for what goes on in the rest of your body. There’s been an oral-systemic buzz for some time now. Unfortunately, as with any ‘new’ concept, oral-systemic dental practice is not catching on as quickly as some of us would like. While it’s likely that your dentist will be conversant about oral-systemic health if you raise the topic, that doesn’t mean he or she is truly implementing the basic oral-systemic principles into practice. Recall one of my previous posts on oral cancer, and how some dentists don’t even check for it…
Sometimes–as the informed health-care consumer and self-advocate you know you must be–you do need to check in with your dentist, hygienist and physician to see just how connected he or she really is with what could benefit you–or kill you. Disturbingly, physicians tend to be out of touch when it comes to your mouth, and the critical impact it can have on what they’re trying to do for your body–it’s just not their turf…not something they are taught they’re responsible for. So usually…they don’t ask. But that is changing.
We humans LOVE to belong to groups. We’re a society of societies. There’s a society, a club, an organization for just about everything. There are hundreds of medical societies…dental societies…scientific societies. And virtual groups through social media have ramped that up even further. What if there were an oral-systemic health society that your dentist–and your physician–could belong to…to learn, share, discuss–even teach–like-minded health-care professionals about oral-systemic health?
Turns out, there is.
It’s called the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH for short). Check out their Website here: About AAOSH
…and AAOSH‘s Facebook page AAOSH on Facebook will give you a peek into what oral-systemic-focused health-care professionals are focusing on…and Likes and comments from dental health-care consumers will have positive effects all around. Remember: we want YOU and your DOCTORS on the same page–this group of healers is probably a good way for you and your dentist–and you and your physician–to start. On the AAOSH site, you’ll see a host of resources your dentist and physician can use, including a stellar series of webinars.
AAOSH is an organization of cutting-edge, thought-leading health-care professionals spanning medicine, dentistry, dental hygiene, nursing, and scientific research into the broadening field of oral-systemic health. Their mission is to spread knowledge about this vital link, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and–most importantly–CHANGE AWARENESS and BEHAVIOR on public and professional fronts regarding your mouth’s vital connections to your whole-body health.
Inflammation is the problem
The central component of these connections is inflammation–one of the ‘silent killers’ your body contends with daily–and inflammation in the mouth as well as the entire body is something the oral-systemic health care professional has more resources than ever to help you overcome–NOW.
From the AAOSH president
Check out this YouTube video (directed at your dentist–PLEASE share!) from this year’s AAOSH president, Stephanie Lodding, RDH: AAOSH President Stephanie Lodding on Inflammation
As with all societies, AAOSH holds an annual meeting (convention). This year’s (5th annual) meeting is coming up THIS WEEK (September 18-20, 2015, Dallas, TX).
Physicians and dentists speak on same cutting-edge topics
Hot topics being presented by physician and dentist experts at the upcoming AAOSH meeting include sleep apnea, other airway and breathing disorders, periodontal bacteria and biofilms; their effects on overall health and interrelationships with other metabolic diseases like diabetes; nutrition; humanistic aspects of how dentistry and medicine treat and cure disease, and–importantly–lectures that focus specifically on how physicians and dentists can communicate and collaborate more effectively–and bring genuine HEALING to their patients. And much more.
I’d like to ask you a favor: if you have an upcoming dental visit, please ask your dentist and hygienist if they’re members of AAOSH. Chances are…trying to be optimistic here (…sorry, not succeeding…) they are not.
In fact, if it’s your typical suburban restorative family dental practice, the odds are they’ve never heard of AAOSH. While this is disappointing, you, the patient, can help change that. I think most dentists and hygienists will listen to their patients, if they tell them things that are of value to their practices, and if they are INFORMED…and inform is what we try to do for you here at DSS. Pass on the links to the AAOSH Website and Facebook page, and ask them to check them out.
And if you’re searching for a new dentist or hygienist, take a look at AAOSH‘s directory of oral-systemic health practitioners here: http://aaosh.org/public/find-aaosh-health-professional/
My partner Bonnie Benjamin and I are very excited as we head to Dallas to cover the meeting, interview these experts, and bring you as much cutting-edge news as we can from the convention floor and Scientific Sessions. The information exchange promises to be health-transforming.
Stay tuned for more from Dallas, and please pass on what you read here to your dentist, hygienist, and physician! Here’s a link to the upcoming AAOSH meeting’s Scientific Session web page: Tell your dentist and hygienist about AAOSH’s Scientific Session in Dallas