Dr. Barbara McClatchie and the entire team at Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus on the cutting edge of integrative dental medicine. They follow methods that are scientifically based, while constantly staying updated on the latest trends through research and advanced continuing education. Below is a variety of research studies and articles that lay the foundation of their practice methodologies.s that are scientifically based, while constantly staying up to date on the latest trends through research and advanced continuing education. Below is a variety of research studies and articles that lay the foundation of their practice methodologies.
Alzheimer's Disease and Oral Health - The Connection
Pathogenic bacteria found in the mouth, called spirochetes, have been associated with Alzheimer's disease. These spirochetes form plaque, tangles, and curly fiber-like lesions in the brain. Their number progressively increases in patients with moderate to severe Alzheimers disease, escaping destruction of the host immune response and establish chronic infection and sustained inflammation.
Cardiovascular Disease and Oral Health - The Connection
Dr. Barbara McClatchie and Dr. Eric Goulder are the first in the nation to have a cardiologist and dentist working together under one roof. They follow a preventive approach to arterial disease, developed by Dr. Amy Doneen and Dr. Bradley Bale called The BaleDoneen Method, which is backed by decades of scientific research. This method is based on the fact that inflammation is the common pathway that drives the arterial disease process. And did you know? 50% of unexpected heart attacks and strokes are triggered by oral bacteria that live in your mouth.
Most people are familiar with the probiotics you take for your gut health, to starve out the bad bacteria in your gut and to add new healthy bacteria to aid in digestive health. The same method holds true for your mouth, as your mouth has an entire microbiome in itself, called the "oral microbiome." By utilizing oral probiotics, we can starve out the bad bacteria on porous tooth surfaces, the tongue, and in periodontal pockets to helps maintain a natural balance of bacteria necessary for oral health.
Joint Replacement Surgery and Oral Health - The Connection
For elective surgeries, most notably artificial joint replacement surgery, a surgeon may require dental clearance prior to the procedure. This clearance is required due to scientific evidence that high-risk oral bacteria can travel throughout the body, from a bleeding gum, and compromise the healing of your artificial joint. This complication can lead to the failure of surgery, increased revision costs, or long-term health consequences.
Airway and Sleep Disordered Breathing
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common chronic disorder that disrupts breathing during sleep. More than 25 million adults in the United States are believed to have moderate to severe sleep apnea. While about 75% of severe cases are undiagnosed, it is the most undiagnosed medical condition. Patients with OSA temporarily stop or decrease their breathing (apnea or hypoxia respectively) repeatedly during sleep. These breathing disruptions can awaken or prevent deep, restful sleep, leaving you at greater risk to developing other major underlying health issues such as: high blood pressure, diabetes, hormonal disorders, depression, stroke, asthma, acid reflux, weight gain, heart failure, cognitive decline, and car accidents.