Possible Role for Dentists in The Fight Against Heart Disease
A new study published in the November issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) says dentists have a "unique opportunity" to help in the fight against heart attack, one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
Health care utilization patterns indicate that individuals may be more likely to see their dentist regularly than they are to see their physician, the JADA report says.
"This could place dentists in the frontlines for identifying patients at risk of coronary heart disease," says Michael Glick, D.M.D., who co-authored the study with Barbara L. Greenberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Glick is a professor and chair, the Department of Diagnostic Sciences, University of Dentistry and Medicine of New Jersey, School of Dentistry, where Dr. Greenberg is the acting associate dean of research. Dr. Glick also is editor of JADA, the nation