In periodontology which is study of gums how can we integrate the concepts of local drug delivery to improve not only gum diseases but also the overall health of a population?
Since dentistry is now moving ahead to include both oral health and the overall health as well it is important to learn more about to know how for example having a systemic disease like diabetes could alter the overall health of a population. It could lead to periodontal problems that could lead to loss of teeth and other degenerative disorders of the oral cavity.
How can we apply in real world the basic concepts that we learn in biology for those who are interested in investigation.
Learning about basic biology of organisms for example Salmonella Typhi can help us in identifying the various organisms that can cause outbreaks like the various food borne outbreak illnesses reported by the CDC each year.
How can we bridge the access to oral health and improve the overall health of the underserved population in the United States.
There could be several ways to reach out to the rural communities: One such way is to increase the workforce of dental auxiliaries such as the dental hygienists and dental therapists to perform basic dental care for the masses. In order to achieve this it is important to train them to perform such duties. Reducing student loans could be another way in which we could encourage dental students to reach out the rural population and work for an underserved population on a contract basis. A lot of non profit organizations could develop oral health programs to reach out to the rural communities or by providing dental care at affordable prices once in a while and it could be made mandatory for the dentists to be a part of such programs so that it can benefit those in dire need of oral health care.