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  • Writer's pictureBarbara McClatchie, DDS

The Root Cause Tree: Unveiling the Underlying Effect of Oral Health on Arterial Disease

The impact of oral inflammation extends far beyond the confines of the mouth. The mouth serves as a gateway to the rest of the body, and when inflammation takes root, it can facilitate the migration of bacteria from the oral cavity into the bloodstream, allowing harmful bacteria to circulate throughout the body. Have you ever taken a moment to consider what it means when your gums bleed, or how that impacts the rest of your body? We are here to empower and support you on your path to optimal heart health through expert guidance on your oral wellness journey!


Did you know that three of the root causes for arterial inflammation must be treated by a dentist who is well-versed in oral systemic methods? It is essential for medical and dental practitioners to work together toward the goal of optimal health, which is why we are partnered with the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio.


In addition to this, arterial health is a complex interplay of lifestyle, genetics, and environmental factors. By exploring the root causes of arterial disease, we foster a holistic approach to well-being, addressing not only symptoms, but also the underlying factors that have a profound impact on cardiovascular and overall health.


The BaleDoneen’s Root Cause Tree illustrates how oral systemic health care is a more complete methodology than traditional dentistry, which is the protocol we follow in our practice. The mouth is the gateway to the entire body, and it’s important to not only examine the obvious signs of disease, but dig deeper to find the underlying causes. 


By addressing oral inflammation using saliva testing, we not only promote a healthier mouth, but also contribute to the maintenance of a balanced and thriving body. This is why we focus on a comprehensive approach. Understanding the far-reaching consequences of oral inflammation underscores the necessity of a comprehensive approach to healthcare—one that recognizes the intricate connections between oral health and overall systemic wellness. 


Oral Health’s Role in Arterial Disease:

Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease), often characterized by inflammation and infection of the gums, has been linked to a heightened risk of arterial disease and other systemic inflammatory disorders such as: Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, insulin resistance, gut dysbiosis, and more. This is one of the three diseases that appear on the root cause tree that only a dental practitioner can treat.


The connection lies in the inflammatory response triggered by high-risk oral bacteria, which can infiltrate the bloodstream, contributing to the formation of arterial plaque. As this plaque accumulates within the arteries, it can compromise blood flow, leading to atherosclerosis—a key player in the development of cardiovascular diseases.


The systemic effects of poor oral health extend beyond inflammation alone. Did you know? Chronic bacterial exposure from periodontal disease can contribute to obstructive sleep apnea, gut dysbiosis, insulin resistance, and more.


Why is a dentist talking about arterial disease?

At Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus, Dr. Barb McClatchie and her team understand that true oral health goes beyond a bright smile; it encompasses the well-being of your entire body. This is why we partner with the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio to bring you whole body health. We intentionally partner medicine and dentistry, allowing us to be your best health care advocates. Through innovative approaches, such as saliva testing and screening for sleep apnea, we aim to unravel the mysteries of inflammation that may be affecting not just your oral health, but your overall systemic wellness.


We're committed to empowering you with knowledge that transcends traditional dental care. We understand that arterial disease is challenging, and by exploring the connections between oral health and systemic inflammation, we want to guide you on your journey toward whole-body health. We see dentistry as a gateway to comprehensive well-being, where your smile is not only a reflection of oral health, but a vital component of your overall vitality.


Take advantage of the wisdom of the Root Cause Tree and learn more about our advanced technology and objective testing in order to discover and treat your risk factors for these systemic, inflammatory diseases. You can also schedule an appointment by calling us at (614) 412-0916. Your journey to a healthier, happier smile begins here!

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