Wellness and What you can do about it?
YOUR ALLIES FOR HEALTH
Rather than treating just your symptoms, we partner with you and your physician to provide innovative, comprehensive care to address the root cause of your oral health as it relates to overall health.
Exams may include oral cancer screening, sleep apnea and blood pressure screening, bacterial and genetic testing, and a review of lifestyle risk factors.
Collaboration is essential to identify all of the risks, underlying causes, and solutions to help you achieve better health and wellness!
- Do you take more than one prescription every day?
- Do you have borderline or high cholesterol, high blood sugar, or high blood pressure?
- Have you had an abscessed tooth or root canal treatment?
- Have you ever been diagnosed with gum disease or been advised to have a deep cleaning?
- Have you ever been told that you chronically snore or have sleep apnea?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you might be at an increased risk for oral-systemic links, and your overall health may be at risk.
HOW ARE YOUR ORAL HEALTH & OVERALL HEALTH CONNECTED?
- Progressive medical and dental practitioners are joining forces to form a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare.
Together we will identify risk factors that impact your overall health and determine how to lower your risk factors by making dietary, lifestyle, and healthcare changes to help you achieve your health goals.
- Your mouth plays a much larger role in your overall health than you may realize. The mouth and the blood vessels in the oral cavity are the gateways to the rest of your body. Oral infections easily circulate through this gateway.
- What do dental infections, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and many other common diseases have in common? Inflammation!
A sugar-rich diet not only causes cavities but is a primary contributor to chronic inflammatory diseases.
- Dental professionals also screen for obstructive sleep apnea, often disguised as snoring. If you or a loved one are losing sleep, let us know – it could be shortening your life.
ORAL SYSTEMIC CONNECTIONS
- C-Reactive Protein
The link between the body’s inflammation level (including periodontal/gum disease) and heart diseases.
- Blood Sugar
Hemoglobin A1c (Hb A1c) is the link between periodontal/gum disease and blood sugar instability, and insulin resistance.
- Saliva pH
Highly acidic saliva is directly linked to tooth decay. Increased acidity and a low pH in the body indicate increased risk factors for serious degenerative diseases, including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and osteoporosis.
- Periodontal Pathogens
Some bacteria cannot be removed by deep cleanings alone. Certain severe bacteria may require antibiotics to control periodontal disease.
- Genetic Factors
1/3 of the population is positively at risk for a gene that contributes to inflammation and bone loss.
- HPV & Oral Cancer
HPV is one of the risk factors for oral cancer and is now considered a higher risk factor than tobacco or alcohol consumption.
DID YOU KNOW?
Periodontal pathogens have a direct pathway through the gums, into the bloodstream, and your main lifelines—your heart and brain. In fact:
52 Diseases are directly linked to periodontal disease, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Chemical Sensitivity
- Allergic Rhinitis
- Alopecia Areata
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Autoimmune Disease
- Cardiac Disease
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Celiac Disease
- Diabetes Type 1 and 2
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome
- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
- Inflammatory Bowel
- Bipolar Disorder
- Chronic Fatigue
- Lyme Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Pernicious Anemia
- Raynaud’s Syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Sjogren’s Syndrome