I believe that the discussions surrounding the "link" between overall health and the possible/probable association to oral health (now supported by science from both the dental and medical research) can only be beneficial for patients and the clinicians that treat them.
The promotion of "associations" can only help we clinicians elevate our treatment plans to "best practice" levels.
Here's a thought to ponder: Is there a down side to non-invasive periodontal therapy and a well-executed oral hygiene home program?
We in the dental community can then explain our process and outcomes with physicians. Thank goodness that we look to our physician colleagues for blood work results and changes. When we in dentistry begin to know our “numbers”, and those of our patients, the medical community may have an easier time blending us into the process of overall health.
I believe that reading the research and passing along only the best information currently available is not only critical to professional growth but in the meantime, remember our most important promise to our patients, "Do no harm," and carefully consider the risk versus benefit ratio.
Where do YOU go to look for research? Are the sites reputable? How do you decide? Do they end in .org, .edu, or mayoclinic.com? Tell us your trusted sources for research so that we all can learn!