Oral Health

Research shows that there is a strong connection between oral disease and other physical ailments. Preventive care isn’t just important for our bodies – a strong oral hygiene regimen, regular cleanings and check-ups can protect your smile, as well!

Bacteria in the mouth can lead to gum disease, which in turn can lead to oral infections. If those infections enter the bloodstream, they can cause a host of health issues, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even premature birth. Since close to half of American adults suffer from periodontal disease at any given time, the risk is real. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Oral Health Unit is here to serve all Michiganders, with special emphasis on serving populations that are underserved and most at risk.

  • You can find many more resources for improving the oral health of the clients you serve, including downloadable patient and provider materials, by visiting the Oral Health Program website.

  • Did you know that dental providers are increasingly being encouraged to screen for high blood pressure and diabetes, and refer at-risk patients to primary care? Read a summary report describing the MDHHS 2016 survey of oral health professionals’ screening practices.

Print useful fact sheets that highlight the relationship between oral health and many common chronic conditions, including the Oral Health and Heart Disease Fact Sheet, the MDHHS Oral Health & Diabetes Fact Sheet, the Oral Cancer Fact Sheet, and the Tobacco and Oral Health Fact Sheet