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Oral Health and Chronic Disease

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Chronic Conditions and Oral Health:

Chronic Conditions and Oral Health - Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report on Chronic Conditions and Oral HealthLink to external website provides information regarding oral health and illnesses such as asthma, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, stroke, kidney disease, high blood pressure and depression.

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Dental Decay:

2.10 Oral Diseases - Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Oral DiseasesLink to external website document states that dental caries (tooth decay) is reportedly the most prevalent chronic conditions affecting the Australian population today. This publication discusses dental caries as an issue alone including risk factors and management, and discusses the relationship between dental caries and arthritis and osteoporosis.

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Dental decay linked to chronic diseases: the case for action - Dental Health Services Victoria

The Dental Health Services VictoriaLink to external website website discusses the linkages between dental decay and chronic diseases such as cardiovascular  (heart) disease, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, stroke, dementia and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

The website also links to a downloadable pdf document with further information.

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Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease:

Heart Disease and Oral Health - American Dental Association

This Heart Disease and Oral HealthLink to external website website discusses the relationship between Cardiovascular Disease and Periodontal (Gum) Disease.

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Gum Disease and Heart Disease - American Academy of Periodontology

The American Academy of PeriodontologyLink to external website website discusses the relationship between Gum Disease and Heart Disease. The website contains many other resources relating to Periodontitis (Gum Disease).

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Diabetes:

Diabetes/Smoking and Oral Health - Dental Practice and Research Unit (ARCPOH)

Research has shown that the risk of Periodontal disease (e.g. Gum Disease) is higher among those who have smoked before or are currently smoking compared to non-smokers and increases from former to moderate to heavy smokers. In Australia, about 32% of moderate to severe periodontitis can be attributed directly to smoking.

The supporting research can be found in the following paper:

Do LG, Slade GD, Roberts-Thomson KF, Sanders AE   J Clin Periodontol. 2008 May;35(5):398-404 Smoking-attributable periodontal disease in the Australian adult population. View abstract on PubMed.

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Diabetes and Oral Health - SA Health

SA HealthLink to external website provides information on dental care for people with diabetes.

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Oral Health and Diabetes - Diabetes Australia

The Oral Health and Diabetes Link to external website publication is directed at Diabetes sufferers, and points out the link between the disease and Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease).

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Diabetes and Oral Health - Victorian Government

The Victorian Government Dental Health ServicesLink to external website has among other resources general dental advice for a wide range of groups including people with diabetes.

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Cancer:

Oral Health During Cancer Treatments - Cancer Council SA

The Cancer Council SA has information directed towards Oral Health During Cancer Treatments for cancer sufferers.

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Cancer Treatment and Oral Health - National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (USA)

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research provides information in English and Spanish for the General Public and Health Professionals regarding Cancer Treatment and Oral HealthLink to external website.

Oral complications of Cancer Treatment: What the Dental Team Can DoLink to external website explains the interactions between cancer treatment and oral health for cancer sufferers and health professionals.

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HIV/AIDS:

HIV/AIDS and Oral Health - National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (USA)

HIV/AIDS and Oral HealthLink to external website contains information about the interaction between HIV/AIDS and their treatments and oral health.

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Oral Health Issues - AIDS.gov (USA)

AIDS.govLink to external website contains information for AIDS sufferers about oral health.

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Dental Problems Associated with HIV/AIDS - Colgate

Dental Problems Associated with HIV/AIDSLink to external website discusses the signs of HIV/AIDS that may be present in the mouth and how HIV/AIDS can be contracted at the dentist.

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Oral Health Promotion Clearinghouse Unit
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Adelaide Dental School 
Level 9, Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building 
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005 AUSTRALIA

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