Important Links Between Mouth Health and Overall Body Health Presented
Greenwood Village, CO. Greenwood Village dentist, Drs. Charles Fischer and Lissa Alconcel joined with more than 400 health care professionals at the annual American Academy for Oral Systemic Health Science Meeting recently held in Nashville. Conference presenters spoke about the strong connection between mouth health and general health. These include links between oral health and heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.
Dr. Fischer noted nearly 80 percent of the American population has gingivitis or gum disease, and 20 million people have sleep apnea. “It is time for something new. We have been telling the same story for years and too many people still have these problems. They are at an increased risk for serious diseases and increase healthcare costs. It’s simply time to change the conversation. We have new information and new ways to test for and treat these conditions.”
Dr. Alconcel added that bleeding gums create an open doorway for harmful bacteria to enter the bloodstream and activate the immune system. “The ultimate goal is to have a healthy mouth and close this pathway. More people are becoming aware of this mouth-body connection and are asking for more complete dental care. Many physicians are insisting on it as well. We’re all working hard to lower risk factors,” says Dr. Alconcel. “This is all part of the new trend in dentistry and medicine where physicians and dentists are starting to work closer together to lower healthcare costs and to help manage diabetes, avoid heart disease and stroke and Alzheimer’s, prevent problems during pregnancy, and better control inflammation, among other things.”
This year’s conference featured presentations focused on the mouth-body health connection:
- Bradley Bale, MD and Amy Doneen, MSN ARNP, national authority on heart disease stroke and diabetes prevention in Spokane Wash., and two of the featured speakers at the conference, stated “poor oral health and germs from the mouth are associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and rheumatoid arthritis.” Visit their website for more information on the BaleDoneen Method.
- Robert Lustig, MD, a neuroendocrinologist with expertise in metabolism, obesity, and nutrition showed the detrimental affects of high sugar diets have and their ability change the body chemistry to promote inflammation. Dr. Lustig has written numerous books both Drs. Fischer and Alconcel highly recommend!
The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health – http://AAOSH.org