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UPEI looking for adults over 50 for oral health study

Researchers at UPEI are looking for volunteers over 50 to take part in an anonymous online survey as part of a study looking at into the oral health of older Islanders.

There are a lot of connections between oral health and common chronic diseases

The UPEI study is looking into the oral health of older Islanders.

Researchers at UPEI are looking for volunteers over 50 to take part in an anonymous online survey as part of a study looking at into the oral health of older Islanders.

The study is looking at what influences older adults' knowledge of the link between oral health and chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

Sometimes, oral health is overlooked in relation to total body health, says Alison MacDougall, a dental hygienist and masters student at the university.

“We want to make sure that people understand having a healthy mouth is more than just brushing and flossing. There are a lot of connections between common chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, oral cancer and our oral health,” she said.

MacDougall says the survey is completely confidential and takes about 30 minutes to complete.

She says the information will be gathered over the next three weeks.

MacDougall hopes to present the research findings at a national dental hygiene conference later this year in B.C.

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