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  • Writer's pictureBarbara McClatchie, DDS

Raising Awareness: How Your Oral Health Impacts Alzheimer’s Disease

Does Alzheimer's disease run in your family? Do you know someone who is struggling with Alzheimer's?

Did you know that your oral health can contribute to the onset of brain diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia? June is Alzheimer's Awareness Month, and at Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus, we approach oral care from a comprehensive point of view. We take not only your mouth but the entire rest of the body into account when we are treating you, to make sure that you are receiving optimal care.


Our Comprehensive Approach to Alzheimer's Prevention:

At Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus, we are committed to helping prevent and even reverse the effects of Alzheimer's disease when caught in its early stages. Our office employs advanced techniques such as salivary diagnostics, the BaleDoneen Method, and ReCODE to identify and address inflammation before it leads to conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia.


The BaleDoneen Method: This evidence-based approach focuses on identifying and treating the root causes of arterial disease. By targeting inflammation and its sources, we help reduce the risk of both cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. Learn more about the BaleDoneen Method here.


ReCODE (Reversing Cognitive Decline): Developed by Dr. Dale Bredesen, ReCODE is a comprehensive program designed to prevent and reverse early Alzheimer's disease by addressing the various factors that contribute to cognitive decline, including inflammation, nutrient deficiencies, and lifestyle choices. Dr. McClatchie, a mentor and key opinion leader for Apollo, possesses extensive expertise in screening and treating patients. Learn more about ReCODE here.


Oral Care: By analyzing saliva samples, we can detect harmful bacteria, which are markers of oral inflammation that may contribute to systemic health issues, including Alzheimer's. If needed, we can remove potentially dangerous amalgam and treat endodontic infections. Learn more about salivary diagnostics here.


Sleep Disordered Breathing: Our office also screens for sleep disordered breathing. We are certified in the cutting-edge Vivos Method, which allows us to screen for and treat sleep apnea and other airway disorders. We offer convenient home testing for sleep apnea, and collaborate closely with local sleep specialists to ensure you receive the treatment that you need to live a happy, healthy life. Learn more about sleep disordered breathing here.


Genetic Testing: We collaborate with the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio to test for any genetic predisposition for Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease. Using a simple, non-invasive, 30 second saliva test to find your individual risk for arterial disease, their office can develop a more personalized, precise approach to your health care. Learn more about genetic testing here.


Oftentimes, symptoms of Alzheimer’s don’t appear until 20 years after the disease is already in the body. If you have a family history of Alzheimer’s disease, we recommend that you get screened for it by age 40. Don’t overlook early signs like "senior moments" – take proactive steps to get tested now before symptoms emerge!


Partnering for Your Health

We also partner with the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio, which offers a guarantee that under their care, you will not have a heart attack or stroke. Led by board certified cardiologist Dr. Eric Goulder, we work together to identify and treat sources of inflammation throughout the body. This collaborative approach ensures that we are addressing all aspects of your health, providing you with the best possible care to prevent a wide range of diseases, including Alzheimer's.


Take Action This Alzheimer's Awareness Month

As we shine a light on Alzheimer's disease this month, take this opportunity to feel encouraged that you and your loved ones do not have to experience this degenerative disease. While fear of Alzheimer's is normal, we are here to listen, diagnose, and guide you down a path of health that will prepare you for a long, happy, and healthy life. Early detection and proactive care are key to preventing Alzheimer's and other inflammatory diseases.


Don't wait until symptoms appear—take control of your health today. Visit our contact page or call (614) 885-3602 to schedule an appointment with us. At Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus, we are dedicated to ensuring your overall well-being, one step at a time. Let us help you protect your health and the health of your loved ones this Alzheimer's Awareness Month.

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