Colgate Oral Care Report Series – VOLUME 27 No 4 – Lead Article: Oral Health and the Obesity Epidemic

Ira Lamster DDS, MMSc

This issue of the Colgate Oral Care Report provides valuable updates on some of today’s hottest topics including the impact of obesity on oral health, the concept of oil-pulling as well as peri implant disease and foreign matter and tooth loss and dementia.

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Upon completion of reading these articles, the clinician will be able to:

  1. Understand the relationship between obesity and oral health and the importance of oral hygiene education as it is linked to a healthy lifestyle, including personal hygiene, diet control, limiting alcohol intake, and smoking cessation.
  2. Better evaluate the claims made for the oral health benefits of oil pulling.
  3. Weigh the advantages of CAD/CAM for digital complete denture fabrication against the cost of introducing the technology into the practice.
  4. Know the evidence supporting a possible biological connection of tooth loss as a factor in dementia.
  5. Recognize the role of foreign bodies as contributing factors in peri-implant mucositis and peri- implantitis.