CHX Technologies (CHX) and MCI Medical Clinics (MCI Medical) have agreed to jointly promote and improve better oral health to older Canadians in MCI’s 28 medical practices starting in 2017.
MCI Medical will provide a new preventive oral health service called Prevora, a new topical antibacterial tooth coating for adults at high risk of dental decay. MCI staff will also provide patient education and community outreach about how to manage bacterial infections that cause poor oral health. Those adults at risk of poor oral health include those with diabetes, arthritis, autoimmune disorders or mood disorders, or those taking several prescription drugs per day for other chronic diseases. CHX estimates that more than one in three of its older adult medical patients are at high risk of poor oral health.
“Medical research increasingly points to poor oral health, as an important contributor to overall health problems, including heart disease, stroke, certain forms of arthritis and perhaps even dementia” said Dr. George Christodoulou, CEO of MCI Medical. “We expect many of our older adult patients will benefit significantly from Prevora’s proven abilities to manage their oral infections topically, painlessly and affordably. This new oral health service is very safe and very effective, and because it is available in the doctor’s office, will also be convenient for our patients” noted Dr. Christodoulou.
“The delivery of Prevora in a medical practice has numerous advantages for those with poor oral health” said Mr. Ross Perry, President of CHX. “Older adult Canadians are commonly without dental insurance and many avoid visiting the dentist because they fear expensive surgical procedures. But these same high risk patients do visit their doctor and will learn from their medical team how Prevora will improve their oral health. Prevora is affordable because it prevents oral bacterial infections that can lead to cavities, crowns, root canals, extractions, dentures and implants,” added Mr. Perry.
The partners will announce further details of this new oral healthcare service in the coming months.