The nation’s first free oral screenings for the bacteria associated with both gum disease and heart disease are being offered the last Tuesday of every month by the leading Seattle area holistic and biological dentist, Dr. Alireza Panahpour.
"Our 'Dental Culture for Healthy Hearts' screening is a convenient, no-cost way to educate the public about the proven relationship between heart health and oral health, and to serve as an example of how dentists can inspire their patients to consider the status of their heart health at least as regularly as they get their teeth cleaned," said Dr. Panahpour.
"The public is largely not aware, but scientists agree that there is a relationship between heart disease and gum disease. By sharing this information, and testing the community for the bacteria associated with both heart and gum disease, our hope is to inspire questions from patients and the community about their heart health that could motivate healthy lifestyle changes and potentially saves lives."
These free events are scheduled Tuesday, January 23, Feb. 27, March 20, April 24, and May 22 at 10 a.m. Appointments are free, and can be requested here.
“Scientists agree that there is a proven relationship between gum disease and heart disease; this test is a convenient way for patients to consider their heart health on a more regular basis, and a no-cost way for dentists to help their patients to prevent heart disease.”
— Dr. Alireza Panahpour, DDS
"Our “Dental Culture for Healthy Hearts” screening is a convenient, no-cost test designed to inspire everyone to consider the status of their heart health at least as regularly as they get their teeth cleaned," said Dr. Panahpour.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
A phase contrast microscope with a 24-inch monitor next to the dental chair provides a live-action reality show starring the bacteria swabbed from dental plaque under the gum line of each patient’s mouth. Spirochetes, rods, and white blood cells are present when there’s infection; the more infection, the more bacteria the patient will see.
This unusual, larger-than-life view can be both intriguing and cringe-worthy to patients who have never before seen the microscopic entities living on their teeth and gums. Patients are offered the opportunity to make a digital video of their living oral bacteria from the dental chair.
Our biological hygienist compares the bacteria viewed on the screen to charts that help establish if the patient’s bacteria colony size and which types of bacteria are observed. All patients tested will be offered educational materials about the unexplained association between gum disease and heart disease as well as materials on heart-healthy habits suggested by the American Heart Association.
Those patients with high levels of oral bacteria will also be prompted to seek the advice of their ND or MD for more tests and information about their heart health. Although this is the first free community screening for the oral bacteria associated with heart disease, Dr. Panahpour already includes this free test with every hygiene appointment for his regular patients.
“An oral bacteria culture test during every hygiene appointment is the best protocol for the future for dentistry, but this is not intended as a replacement for regular medical check-ups and a lifestyle that promotes heart health,” said Dr. Panahpour. “We are pleased to be working together with the community, families and their health professionals to create convenient opportunities for all to consider better choices for their overall health and well being.”
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EDITOR’S NOTE: High-resolution photos, videos, and interviews with Dr. Panahpour and with patients viewing their own test results are available. Also, if you would like to receive and report on your own Culture for Healthy Heart screening, that can be arranged at your convenience by sending an email to TheSystemicDentist@gmail.com.
About Dr. Panahpour: Dr. Alireza Panahpour, DDS is a pioneer in holistic dentistry known for healing chronic conditions via removal of metal fillings, a frequent speaker for educators and professionals worldwide and author of “The Good Dentist,” a book on holistic dentistry cases and discoveries. Dr. Panahpour’s Seattle holistic dental practice offers mercury-free general dentistry and non-invasive treatments for chronic conditions using cutting-edge technology and natural substances to eliminate infections, with an emphasis on keeping natural teeth. Dr. Panahpour uses only non-toxic restorative materials when restoration is necessary to promote optimal teeth, jaw, head, neck and bio-structural relationships that are integral to systemic health. Learn more at http://www.SystemicDentist.com.