Dr. Pihlstrom and CHR colleagues in the Permanente Journal, winter 2016

Published in the Permanente Journal, winter 2016:

Association of Dental Care with Adherence to HEDIS Measures

David Mosen, PhD, MPH; Dan Pihlstrom, DDS; John Snyder, DMD; Ning Smith, PhD; Elizabeth Shuster, MS; Kristal Rust Perm J 2016 Winter;20(1):33-40

The dental setting represents an unrealized opportunity to increase adherence to preventive services and improve health outcomes.

An extensive body of research has shown correlations between oral health and systemic disease such as diabetes mellitis (DM), obesity, and heart disease.1-9 Expert panels have issued consensus statements outlining the biologic plausibility that periodontal disease may have an impact on systemic health via dissemination of bacterial species and their virulence factors from the mouth into circulation.