Evidence is mounting of a strong link between oral health and general wellness. The most well-known is gum disease which is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and even Alzheimer’s. But these aren’t the only health problem which can be affected by someone’s dental hygiene. Studies show that poor oral health may also contribute to oral cancer, sleep apnea, and migraines, oral health. These correlations show the importance oral health has on the entire body.
The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), an organization founded in 2010, recognizes these connections and is resolved to make a change. The organization, made up of health care leaders and professionals, seeks to bridge the gaps within the different medical fields to provide awareness and understanding on these linkages. AAOSH shares and promotes additional research in order to give people the best health care available. One of its goals is to build closer ties between health professionals to improve communications and referral relationships. It also stays tuned in to new technologies and procedures. In short, AAOSH is dedicated to “improving the health of people everywhere by changing public and professional awareness of the mouth-body health links.”
Organized just five years ago, AAOSH is gaining momentum. Many dentists and doctors are joining the organization to participate in the learning and growth which AAOSH provides. An AAOSH member has access to news, research, and product updates specifically geared towards oral-systemic health. There are also opportunities to contribute to and publish articles, along with opportunities to collaborate with other like-minded health professionals. One of the best opportunities for collaboration to happen is through AAOSH events and conferences. Are you interested? Go to aaosh.org to learn more about the organization, get involved in the movement, and sign up for the AAOSH Scientific Conference in Texas this September.