Centers For Dental Medicine
"Who benefits from medicine and dentistry working together? The patient!"
The question was posed in February 2006 when the American Medical Association and the American Dental Association met to begin a national campaign to educate the public about the relationship between oral health and overall health.
"Oral health conditions and other health conditions are more closely related than many may once have thought and viewing them as separate matters no longer makes sense," according to American Dental Association Exeutive Director, Dr. James Bramson in 2006.
Centers for Dental Medicine practice a standard of care that can act as a link between dentistry and medicine. There is a very strong link between periodontal disease and heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's Disease, respiratory disease, adverse pregnancy, and more. The decreased oxygen levels that occur with sleep apnea has been linked to the same diseases. They are both inflammatory diseases. Dr. Donley has recieved advanced training in treating periodontal disease and sleep apnea.
Keeping your teeth and mouth healthy is essential for keeping quality of life and longevity. It takes a partnership between you and our team. Research continues to show that diseases of the mouth affect far more than just the teeth.
Periodontal disease strikes about 80% of the adult population. It is the leading cause of tooth loss. (Over the age 35, it accounts for about 4 out of 5 teeth that are lost.) It also plays a role in systemic diseases including heart attack, stroke, pneumonia, diabetes, and premature birth. Keeping periodontal disease under control is vital to your long term health. Studies show that missing teeth reduces quality of life and shortens longevity.
The greatest service we have to offer to you is education on keeping your mouth healthy. One of our team will work one-on-one with you to develop an appropriate preventive plan to help you keep your mouth in optimal health. Both decay as well as gum and bone disease are infection and they can be controlled.
We strive to be part of a healthcare system not the sick care system. The sick care system waits for you, the patient, to develop destructive disease, and then prescribes some treatment that usually has side effects. The health care system educates and encourages you to take actions to keep yourself well. Treating your periodontal disease to prevent systemic disease comes under “health care” as well as putting you on a program to prevent periodontal disease in the first place. We use lasers and nutrition to fight the disease instead of resistance lowering antibiotics or drugs that contain side effects. Thus we do not end one health problem only to create one or more other health problems as many of the current drugs do.