There have been more and more articles and studies recently that point out the connection between dental health and overall well-being. For example, a study from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland found that oral bacteria, if left unchecked, may enter the bloodstream and cause blood clots.
In response to findings like this, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry (UAB) was recently given a seven-year, $67 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to create a national dental practice-based research network. This effort is meant to facilitate a union of real-world practicing dentists and academic scientists.
"We want to know from community dental care providers and their patients what their most pressing clinical practice issues are, then conduct national oral health studies to improve dental care. We hope to improve the nation’s oral health by improving the knowledge base for clinical decision-making and moving the latest evidence into routine care," said UAB professor Gregg Gilbert, D.D.S.
The initiative is called The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network and the headquarters will be at UAB.
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