The Dental Health Education Foundation will strive to spread awareness of the importance of dental cleanings, according to its founder, eAssist Dental Solutions, as the public is now more aware of the devastating impact of inflammation on the body due to COVID-19.
Increased systemic inflammation, which can be caused by oral inflammation due to a lack of dental cleanings, makes it easier to contract COVID-19 and harder to fight off, eAssist said. Also, inflammation is a precursor for diseases like diabetes and arthritis, heart and lung disease, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, pancreatic cancer, and stroke, said the company.
“Over and above serving our clients, all of us at eAssist want to leave a positive, lasting impact on the world. Our way of giving back is through the eAssist Dental Health Education Foundation,” said Dr. James V. Anderson, foundation director and CEO and founder of eAssist Dental Solutions.
“We talked about setting up a foundation a few years ago, but weren’t sure what the focus should be. During the industry shutdown, I had an ‘aha’ moment when I was reminded that patients are at the very top of our organization chart,” said Anderson.
“As servant leaders, we ultimately serve the patients of eAssist clients by collecting as much as possible from insurance companies so the patient doesn’t have to pay and so the doctors receive all that is rightly owed to them,” said Anderson.
“Now, through the foundation, we’re also going to educate patients on the critical importance of having their teeth cleaned on a regular basis to eliminate oral inflammation and prevent myriad health issues exacerbated and even caused by gum disease,” said Anderson.
With more in development, the foundation’s educational initiatives include:
- Providing educational videos for dental offices to use, royalty-free, to educate patients on how oral health correlates with their body’s overall health and wellness
- Sharing scientifically researched articles via its website
- Connecting the dental community through peer testimonials, insights, and recommendations
“Dentists and hygienists have long known about the connection between oral health and overall wellness and continually emphasize it to their patients. The scientific research is all there, demonstrating the close relationship between poor oral hygiene and a surprising number of serious medical conditions,” said Anderson.
“In this new coronavirus world, we knew this was the perfect time for us to launch our Education Foundation in order to help patients help themselves stay their healthiest,” said Anderson.
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