Join us for a free monthly oral screening for the bacteria associated with both gum disease and cardiovascular disease at our free monthly Dental Cultures for Healthy Hearts events!
“Scientists agree - the same bacteria is present in both gum disease and heart disease. By showing patients a larger-than-life view of the living bacteria present in their mouth, and sharing information about the association between gum disease and heart disease, our hope is to inspire questions about heart health as often as one would ordinarily get their teeth cleaned. That kind of change could motivate healthy lifestyle changes and potentially saves lives.”
- -Dr. Alireza Panahpour, DDS
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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.
A 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 may be the most convenient way for Americans to consider their heart health on a more regular basis, 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.”