Oral health is a topic of much discussion in Australia, with the Australian Medical Association (AMA) estimating that around 10 per cent of Australians have a chronic disease and another 10 per in the top 10 per of people with cancer.
But the AMA’s Oral Health Screening Program, set up in 2009, is trying to help those who suffer from chronic conditions get better, with advice such as: “Take time off work to reduce stress and reduce anxiety” and “Take your medication to prevent a relapse.”
So why does the AMA think that a drug is better than a vaccine?
“I think the biggest reason is because they’re not a drug.
They’re not something you take for the rest of your life.
They can be taken as you’re in a state of recovery, and they can be used to prevent further damage.”
The AMA’s screening program is designed to help people manage their oral health and the effectiveness of their medications, while also giving people information about the best way to prevent and manage their condition.
But not everyone is a member of the program.
“Some people will just want to go and get their medication and have it done.
And they don’t need to be in a program because they don the right medication, or they’re already on the right drugs.
Some people may have a very serious condition, they may have multiple sclerosis, they might be in cardiac arrest.
Or they may be very young, and that’s when it’s most needed,” said Dr Paul Williams, head of the oral health program at the Australian Centre for Oral Health.”
So there’s really a need for those that have a condition to get screened and see if they need an intervention or not.”
What is a chronic condition?
The AMA classifies chronic conditions into three broad categories: chronic pain, chronic fatigue and chronic cough.
“Cancer is a great example of a chronic pain condition, because there’s no cure for cancer, it’s not going to be cured by any drug or anything like that.
So it’s just a chronic problem,” said Williams.”
It’s the kind of chronic pain that you’re dealing with now.
And that’s something that’s difficult to deal with because you have no control over it.”
But for some people, the Mayo Clinic recommends an injection to help manage their chronic pain.
“They use something called an oral rehydration solution.
It’s basically a saline solution that they fill with something like a solution of water, and you mix it with a small amount of saline,” said Paul Williams.
This solution is then injected into the mucosa of the mouth, into the gums, or into the lining of the nose, to help control the inflammation in the mouth.
“Basically they inject this solution into the mouth and they take it out and then they inject it back into the body.
And when you inject this, it gets absorbed into the tissues, and it goes into the bloodstream,” he explained.”
Then they inject that solution back into your body.
So you have a lot of different ways that it can get absorbed.”
Dr Williams said that while this is an important step, there are other options.
“You could also have an injection that goes directly into the skin, where it’s absorbed into your skin, and the same thing, you could do that as well, so you could get rid of that inflammation.
Or you could inject that into the muscles and the bones, and then it would get into the blood, and in that case you can use that to treat the inflammation,” he said.
What’s an oral health screening program?
The Mayo Clinic’s oral health programs are designed to reduce the risk of a person developing a chronic health condition and also help people to manage their medications.
“What we do in our programs is to screen people that are at risk for a particular chronic disease or condition,” said Associate Professor Kevin Aitken.
“In the case of chronic disease, we screen for diabetes, heart disease, or obesity.
In the case in chronic fatigue, we also screen for depression, anxiety, or any of the things that may be associated with those chronic conditions.”
But not all Australians are eligible to participate in the programs, and there are certain requirements for participating.
“We have to have been screened by a specialist in the past six months, and we also have to be registered with the AMA, which is a very stringent requirement,” Associate Professor Aitke said.
“And so there are a number of things that you have to go through.
And then if you have any problems, you have got to report those problems, and if you’ve had any problems in the last six months.”
What happens to the money from the oral screening program if someone is deemed to have a serious condition?
“If we’ve screened a person, we’ve got a number [of] other things that we can use to help them with their care