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Dentist: Closure of practices impacts patients’ oral health

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) ─ A Johnston dentist believes dentistry is an essential business, but argues that it hasn’t been treated as such throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Rupesh Udeshi, dentist and co-owner of Dental Associates of Rhode Island, said the months his practice was closed had a big impact on the health of many of his patients.

“We’ve had a great backlog and problems that were minor, that have become major. The patient may have just had a cavity or needed a filling, but we haven’t seen them and it’s now more severe and it’s a root canal, and some people who maybe needed a root canal ─ now they need to have the tooth out,” he said.

The World Health Organization recently recommended delaying routine dental care because of the pandemic. But the American Dental Association says they “respectfully yet strongly disagrees.”

“Oral health is integral to overall health. Dentistry

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What Your Dentist Knows About Your Health

SOURCES:

Steven Offenbacher, DDS, PhD, chair, department of periodontology; director, Center for Oral and Systemic Diseases, School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mayo Clinic: “Oral health: A window to your overall health.”

American Dental Association: “Diabetes.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Oral Health Problems and Diabetes.”

American Academy of Periodontology: “Gum Disease and Diabetes.”

American Diabetes Association: “Diabetes and Oral Health Problems.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diabetes and dental care: Guide to a healthy mouth.”

Sally Cram, DDS, periodontist; spokeswoman, American Dental Association.

American Dental Association: “Oral Cancer.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Oral Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “What is the best way to screen for oral cancer?”

Mayo Clinic: “Bruxism/teeth grinding.”

American Dental Association: “Bruxism (Teeth Grinding).”

American Academy of Periodontology: “Gum Disease and Pregnancy Problems.”

CDC: “Public Health Implications of Chronic Periodontal Infection in Adults.”

Vergnes, J. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, February 2007.

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Los Angeles County Department of Health Services-Rancho Los Amigos Home

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Health | Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

The New York Times

The coronavirus patient, a 75-year-old man, was dying. No family member was allowed in the room with him, only a young nurse.In full protective gear, she dimmed the lights and put on quiet music. She freshened his pillows, dabbed his lips with moistened swabs, held his hand, spoke softly to him. He wasn’t even her patient, but everyone else was slammed.Finally, she held an iPad close to him so he could see the face and hear the voice of a grief-stricken relative Skyping from the hospital corridor.After the man died, the nurse found a secluded hallway and wept.A few days later, she shared her anguish in a private Facebook message to Dr. Heather Farley, who directs a comprehensive staff-support program at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. “I’m not the kind of nurse that can act like I’m fine and that something sad didn’t just happen,” she

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LAC + USC Medical Center

The 600-bed Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center is one of the largest public hospitals in the country. Through its affiliations with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) and the Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health, it is one of the premier academic teaching hospitals in the nation and one of the state’s leading hospitals for training health professionals. LAC+USC operates special units that serve patients from throughout Southern California, including a Burn Center, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and a Level-One Trauma Center for the most severe injuries. LAC+USC is home to the Rand Schrader HIV/AIDS Clinic, the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) offering medical, mental health, protective, and social services to over 20,000 victims of family violence and sexual assault each year, and a renowned medical clinic for

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