Charleston Post & Courier: Letter: Dental Health

The political climate in Washington is tense right now — especially when it comes to health care. However, some issues shouldn’t be controversial, like the future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). For nearly 20 years, CHIP has provided comprehensive...

WWMT: Sen. Margaret O’Brien partners with dental group to give students school supplies

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A Kalamazoo County senator is partnering with a dental company to give hundreds of students the proper tools for next school year.

Delta Dental had 700 backpacks, filled with school supplies, delivered to Communities In School today in Kalamazoo.

The delivery was set up by Senator Margaret O’Brien, after Delta Dental told her about its mission to give school supplies to children in need.

The Daily Sentinel: Get thee to a dentist

An apple day may not keep the doctor away if taking a bite out of that apple results in bleeding gums.

Connections between oral health and overall health “are quite staggering,” says Helen Drexler, the chief executive officer for Delta Dental of Colorado, the state’s largest dental insurer.

REUTERS: Long-term gum disease linked to Alzheimer’s disease

(Reuters Health) – Chronic gum inflammation, known as periodontitis, is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, researchers from Taiwan report.

Chronic periodontitis, a leading cause of tooth loss, is also associated with increases in markers of inflammation throughout the body. Some recent studies have suggested that chronic periodontitis might contribute to a decline in thinking ability, the authors note in Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Health In The Mouth: Demand For Dental Clinic Shows Dire Needs

Members of Congress wrestling with the future of American health care should take inspiration from what unfolded Friday and Saturday on the Duquesne University campus. Hundreds of people stood in line for a free dental clinic hosted by nonprofit Face2Face Healing.

It was a clear sign that universal access to health care remains a huge national challenge. It was a poignant reminder of the need for change, whether that means replacing or improving the Affordable Care Act.