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  • Barbara McClatchie, DDS

The Connection Between Your Mouth and Your Heart

If you could know with 98.6% accuracy that you were going to have a heart attack, would you want to know?


Research has shown a significant correlation between oral health and heart health. Poor dental hygiene can increase the risk of high-risk pathogens in your mouth. Oral bacteria can make their way into the bloodstream, which increases your risk of chronic diseases and illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, dementia and much more.


From examining your saliva to the walls of your arteries, there are various tests to reduce your chances of a heart attack or stroke, optimizing your whole body health.


Salivary Diagnostics

Your mouth is the gateway to your body. A saliva test can detect the presence of high-risk oral pathogens. The five harmful oral bacteria are known as Aa, Pg, Td, Tf, and Fn. At our practice, Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus, we use the HR5® from Direct Diagnostics to provide our patients with the most accurate and affordable test on the market.


It is imperative to determine if you have high-risk bacteria in your mouth with a saliva test, so we can accurately and effectively treat your periodontal disease and decrease your risk of chronic inflammatory diseases, such as cardiovascular disease.


Once you have completed salivary diagnostics, you may want to consider a more in-depth heart exam, CIMT, to locate any plaque formation in your arteries, allowing you and your healthcare provider to understand your arterial health.


Carotid Intima-Media Thickness (CIMT)

If you could know with 98.6% accuracy that you were going to have a heart attack, would you want to know? Our Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Test (CIMT) is a powerful first step in reversing cardiovascular disease!


The CIMT test is an ultrasound that looks at the arteries through the neck to detect the buildup of plaque, known as atherosclerosis, which can cause a heart attack or stroke. From the ultrasound, the cardiologist can determine what stage the plaque formation is at for earlier intervention and a more accurate and effective treatment which can lead to halting and reversing the disease.


CIMT is a quick, easy, and affordable way to look for atherosclerosis, vascular disease, plaque buildup, and much more. It provides a baseline for future evaluation, enabling you to take control of your heart health. The test can be performed at any medical location, making it more accessible. Since it is an ultrasound scan no radiation is involved.


Schedule Your Comprehensive Dental Care in Central Ohio Today!

Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus, Ohio, offers personalized dental care, from complete health dentistry, cosmetic, to restorative dentistry services. Whether you need a saliva test, periodontal therapy, implant restoration, or veneers, you’ve chosen the right place! With every patient, we discuss your oral health risk factors for these systemic diseases and develop a personalized, proactive, holistic health care plan.


Ask your dental hygienist for salivary diagnostic testing to test for high-risk oral bacteria, as well as a CIMT at your next comprehensive appointment.


Special offer: our CIMT scan is currently $199 (originally $285) through February, schedule your appointment today by calling us at (614) 412-0916.



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