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  • Writer's pictureBarbara McClatchie, DDS

Connecting the Dots: The Mouth-Body Connection and Arthritis Awareness Month

Did you know that gum disease can contribute to rheumatoid arthritis? If you or someone you know is struggling with this inflammatory condition, you may be surprised to learn that the comprehensive dental care that we offer could assist in the recovery process. Our patient, Tracy Thorpe, is personally familiar with this connection and the care that we can provide, as you will see as you read on. May is Arthritis Awareness Month, so let's explore the intriguing mouth-body connection, and the effects that gum disease has on inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

Tracy Thorpe's Story: A Case of Healing

Our patient Tracy Thorpe experienced firsthand the transformative power of comprehensive oral care in managing arthritis. Struggling with rheumatoid arthritis, Tracy found relief when his severe gum disease was identified and treated. A simple saliva test revealed one of the root causes of his systemic inflammation, highlighting the importance of addressing oral health in managing systemic conditions.

Before being referred to us, Tracy had been told by doctors that there was nothing they could do to heal him. However, with the help of his daughter advocating for him, Tracy was able to seek out healthcare providers, us included, who could offer a solution. Through objective blood testing conducted before and after treatment, we witnessed a remarkable reduction in Tracy's inflammatory panel solely from dental intervention. Previously confined to bed for 20 hours a day and reliant on a cane, Tracy's progress was nothing short of extraordinary. Just seven months post-treatment, he arrived at our office on his Harley Davidson—a testament to the life-changing power of personalized dental care. Tracy's story is a poignant reminder of the importance of advocating for one's health, and we are honored to have played a role in his remarkable journey to wellness.

Understanding the Mouth-Body Connection

While it may seem unusual for a dentist to discuss arthritis, at Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus, we recognize the profound connection between oral health and systemic well-being. From healing dental implants to rheumatoid arthritis and everything in between, what happens in your mouth can significantly impact your entire body's healing process.

The Role of Inflammation

In our practice, we employ the use of the BaleDoneen Method, a holistic approach that emphasizes inflammation as a critical factor in your overall health. As we’ve seen with Tracy, inflammation in the gums can have far-reaching consequences throughout the body, especially for individuals with inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. By addressing oral inflammation, we were able to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis and promote better overall health.

Taking Control of Your Health

At Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus, we offer comprehensive care that considers your entire body's well-being. Whether you're experiencing symptoms of inflammatory disease, have a family history of arthritis, or simply want to prioritize your overall health, a saliva test can provide valuable insights into your well-being. This May, schedule a wellness appointment with us by calling (614) 885-3602, or visit our contact page to take the first step towards healing. You have the power to heal, and we're here to guide you every step of the way.


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