Oral health is an important component of overall health and well-being. The body of literature on the associations between oral health conditions, such as periodontal disease (PD) and systemic health continues to grow. CDA supports multidisciplinary research, knowledge translation, and training efforts to ensure that dentists and dental providers, primary care providers (e.g., physicians, nurses, etc.), trainees and, most importantly, patients have a clear understanding of the emerging body of evidence related to potential associations and links with PD and specific systemic conditions. Growing knowledge of the oral health-systemic health connection calls for closer collaboration between oral health and primary care providers.

CDA Board of Directors
Approved: February 2005
Revised: February 2021