The Surprising Connection Between Oral Health and COVID-19

Jennifer E. Engen

By Dr. Leonard Weiss, Chief Dental Officer, UnitedHealthcare While many people are likely aware of the most common risk factors associated with complications from COVID-19, including diabetes or high blood pressure, a surprising connection has emerged with dental health. In fact, a recent study found that people with gum disease who become infected […]

Eye spy: Exploring the mouth-eye connection

Jennifer E. Engen

It’s no surprise to dental professionals that a healthy mouth is critical to overall health and wellness. But could a healthy mouth also lead to healthier eyes? Emerging research suggests that infection and inflammation may travel between the mouth and the eyes. Dental hygienists are poised to offer valuable education […]

Depression and OCD: Understanding the Connection

Jennifer E. Engen

The relationship between obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression is deep and complex. Understanding why these two conditions often co-occur — and perhaps more important, how to think about treatment when you have both — may help you develop better mental and physical health. Here are some good things to know. […]

Is There a Connection Between Them?

Jennifer E. Engen

Sinuses are air-filled structures in your head that serve many purposes. They create a mucus that moisturizes the inside of your nose. Additionally, sinuses affect the way your voice sounds and act as a cushion to help protect your brain and eyes. Your nose and sinuses together help control the […]

Asthma and Back Pain: What’s the Connection?

Jennifer E. Engen

Studies have shown a strong link between breathing pattern disorders, such as asthma, and back pain. People with asthma can experience pain in the lower back, neck, and shoulders. This can happen because your diaphragm, the muscle that helps you breathe, also provides support to your spine. Asthma can strain […]