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  • Writer's pictureBarbara McClatchie, DDS

Shining a Spotlight on Oral Systemic Health

October is upon us, and with it comes a renewed focus on our well-being. It's not just about spooky costumes and pumpkin spice lattes; it's also about paying attention to our dental health. October is designated as Oral Systemic Health Month, a time when we aim to raise awareness about the profound connection between our oral health and our overall systemic well-being.

As the first center in the nation to have a cardiologist and dentist working together in one facility, we have created a partnership between medicine and dentistry that allows us to be your best health care advocates.

The Widespread Impact of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is a prevalent dental issue affecting a staggering 80% of Americans over the age of 35. This chronic condition is primarily caused by pathogenic bacteria residing in the pockets around our teeth, attacking the gums and underlying bone. These harmful bacteria can enter your bloodstream through everyday actions like chewing food or brushing your teeth. As they spread, they trigger inflammation throughout your body, significantly increasing your risk for comorbidities such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, kidney disease, and autoimmune diseases.

It is crucial to identify the root cause and the specific strains of bacteria responsible for this oral infection. Through a simple saliva test, we can diagnose, evaluate, and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.

The Intricate Oral-Systemic Connection

Researchers have dedicated decades to studying the connection between oral health and overall systemic health. Their findings have illuminated a profound link between the two, emphasizing that our mouths serve as a gateway to our overall well-being.

Taking proactive steps to maintain good oral health can significantly reduce the risk of comorbidities, including:

Cardiovascular Disease: Periodontal bacteria can infiltrate the walls of your arteries, leading to thickening of the artery walls. Left untreated, this condition results in a threefold greater risk of stroke and a twofold greater risk of heart attack.

Diabetes: Poor oral health can complicate the management of diabetes by affecting blood sugar control.

Dementia: Certain pathogenic bacteria in the mouth, known as spirochetes, have been associated with Alzheimer's disease. At Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus, Dr. McClatchie and team are certified providers of the ReCode Program in Columbus, Ohio, working to prevent Alzheimer's Disease.

On a good day we save a smile, and on a great day, we save a life!

As we celebrate Oral Systemic Health Month this October, let's remember that oral health is a crucial component of our overall well-being. By addressing gum disease and chronic inflammation in our mouths, we take proactive steps to protect not only our smiles but also our lives. This month provides an opportunity to prioritize our health holistically, recognizing the profound connection between our oral and systemic well-being. So, let's commit to healthier smiles and healthier lives this October, understanding that the benefits extend far beyond the dental chair.

Our dental practice in Columbus, Ohio offers personalized complete health dental care, including cosmetic and restorative dentistry services. We strive to take a proactive and preventative approach to your health, optimizing your oral and whole-body health.

Schedule an appointment by calling us at (614) 412-0916. Your journey to a healthier, happier smile begins here!


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