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The Root Cause Tree - What’s Lurking Below the Surface?

One thing that makes Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus different from the average dental practice is our focus on preventative care and oral systemic health. Traditional dentistry waits for a problem to show up before it offers a solution. Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus aims to get a complete picture of your health and prevent issues developing in the first place. How do we do this? We test!


A look at BaleDoneen’s Root Cause Tree will illustrate how oral systemic health care is a more complete methodology than traditional dentistry. Since the mouth is the gateway to the entire body, it’s so important to have a thorough understanding of what’s happening there. There are many root causes of inflammation. Three of these root causes must be treated by a dentist who is well-versed in oral systemic methods. Furthermore, the collaboration between medical and dental practice is essential for the goal of optimal health.


If we only examine the obvious signs of disease, we’re not getting the full picture. It’s vital to look deeper and find the root causes of any disease.


Did you know..?

  • 50% of unexpected heart attacks and strokes are triggered by oral bacteria that live in your mouth

  • 80% of Americans over the age of 30

  • Periodontal bacteria leads to a 3x greater risk of dying from a stroke and a 2x greater risk of dying of a heart attack. Pathogenic oral bacteria invades the walls of your arteries, which eventually results in a thickening of the artery wall.


Saliva testing can save lives

With any diagnosis of periodontal disease, we need to locate and identify the specific strains of bacteria that are in your mouth. As we know, there are many high-risk bacteria that can increase your risk and even cause cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications, cancer, and more. We test for the following high-risk oral pathogens:


Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (Aa)

Aa has been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, the development of cancer and risk of progression, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, adverse health during pregnancy–including preterm labor, low birth weight, and even stillbirth.


Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg)

Pg has been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, the development of cancer and risk of progression, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, adverse health during pregnancy, dementia and Alzheimer's disease, and adverse joint and musculoskeletal health (including Rheumatoid arthritis).


Tannerella forsythia (Tf)

Tf has been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, the development of cancer and risk of progression, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, adverse health during pregnancy.


Treponema denticola (Td)

Td has been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, and the development of cancer and risk of progression.


Fusobacterium nucleatum/periodonticum (Fn)

Fn has been associated with increased risk of adverse joint and musculoskeletal health, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, adverse health during pregnancy, the development of cancer and risk of progression.


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

Through this objective testing, we can obtain the data needed to develop a personalized treatment plan, right here in Columbus Ohio. Periodontal disease is usually asymptomatic and more importantly, it is preventable and treatable!


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.

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Worthington, OH 43085

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