Metabolic syndrome (MetS), a group of conditions that increase risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, is a growing public health concern worldwide: it is estimated to affect around 25% of the global population. Several risk factors for Meets have been identified, including oral diseases, which are primarily caused by poor oral hygiene.
Dental anxiety is a common issue among American adults — nearly 80% of adults feel anxiety before dental treatment. As a result, patients may experience physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral responses, as well as avoid the environments that stimulate these negative feelings, increasing the likelihood of missed dental appointments.
Effective Monday, August 9, 2021, California will require all health care workers in the state to either show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or to be tested regularly. Dental offices and staff are included in the order, and dentist employers will have to provide proof of their staff being fully vaccinated.
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