In October is National Bone and Joint Health Awareness Week. And, research has found that gum disease can affect joints, particularly the joints of people who have undergone knee replacement surgeries.
According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Biomaterials and Functional Materials, “investigation into the severity of infection and level of penetration of the bacteria suggests that periodontal bacteria may travel via the blood stream from the mouth to the knee, where infection and damage can then occur.” Periodontal disease can be both prevented and detected early on with the proper oral care and attention.
Prior to any surgery and/or complicated procedures, it is important to have an objective dental clearance to prevent serious issues like the one mentioned above. Dr. McClatchie partners with physicians to provide up-to-date objective lab confirmation. Through saliva testing and a comprehensive examination, she can assist physicians in reducing secondary complications and achieving ideal patient outcomes.
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