More than 5 million Texans live in dentally underserved areas, according to 2014 numbers from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Of those individuals, more than 1.5 million did not receive dental services the same year. What makes those figures even more staggering is that the needs of these vulnerable, underserved populations are not limited to dental care. Where oral health is lacking, there also may be unmet medical or psychosocial needs.
The benefits of healthy gut bacteria and microbes have surged into the public consciousness over the past several years. Now, researchers at Texas A&M are on the cusp of developing therapeutics derived from gut bacteria to treat a number of ailments, including autoimmune disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and even cancer.
Throughout the past two decades asthma cases have steadily increased as a major pediatric health concern across the United States and Texas. According to the American Lung Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asthma is one of the most common chronic disorders for children today.