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Global Oral Hygiene

Oral health has emerged as a major focus in total health care, which started globally in the 1990's with the World Dental Federation (FDI) formulating Global Oral Disease Policy Statement. In the US, the 2000 Surgeon Generals Report on Oral Health Disparities in America catalized federally supported research which lend to the creation of our Center for Oral Health Research in Appalachia (COHRA), as two University consortion. Goals and objectives are outlines under COHRA link.

Simultaneously Significant focus has been recognized in the emerging connection of oral and systemic diseases, specially diabetes, arteriosclerosis, adverse pregnancy outcomes (low birth weight babies and PROM), and pulmonary complications (VAP) and pulmonary complications (VAP), as evident in the October 2006 issue of JADA.  In April of 2006 and 2007, through the sponsorship of Pfizer/J&J, we traveled to 6 Asia-Pacific countries and addressed the unrecognized importance of good oral hygiene and the impact of oral, anti-septic mouth rinses. 

With a similar target in a UK (London) Symposiums(2006&2007), we have developed a multi-tiered, international strategy for promoting good oral hygiene, recognizing the need for dental evaluations in pre-ICU patients.  This has resulted in the formation of an International Scientific Advisory Council, which meets annually at the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) meeting and promotes “minimal intervention,” recognizing the oral-lung infectious link, we want to reverse collateral damage  Co-contributors include the National University of Singapore School of Dentistry and the University of Hong Kong School of Dentistry and dental schools within the United Kingdom.