Primary Care Dental Professionals, Wellness, and Healthcare Reform

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Recent information has become available that some of the most serious systemic (whole body) diseases, specifically diabetes, heart attack and stroke, may have a much higher risk, or even result from the chronic dental condition, periodontal disease. A routine examination of the gums and a simple finger nick test at the dentist can early detect a medical issue. Early detection has proven to improve health, save lives, and can potentially save billions in future healthcare dollars.

Dr. Ron Schefdore, a general dentist in the western suburbs of Chicago, is a pioneer of specific protocols for reducing the risk from periodontal disease contributing to whole body health issues. Because of new evidence indicating this risk and the fact that very few dentists are aware of the role the mouth plays in general health, Dr Schefdore teaches dentists and hygienists throughout the country the benefits of administering simple new finger stick tests on patients with gingivitis and more advanced periodontal disease.

The laboratory reports on the collected blood sample and results of the gum examination identify those dental patients who need a referral to a physician for a diagnosis. “People visit the dentist more often than their physician. This program has improved the health of many dental patients and has also saved lives”, explains Dr. Schefdore. Over 75 years ago Dr. Charles Mayo of the famous Mayo Clinic observed that a healthy mouth can add 10 years to a person’s life. Research shows that periodontal disease can elevate not only cholesterol, but also an inflammatory marker called C-Reactive Protein (CRP), and glucose (blood sugar). Periodontal disease is also recognized as one of the first signs of diabetes. Dental professionals take comprehensive health histories, can check blood pressure, and identify patients with periodontal disease, which collectively places them in a perfect position to perform a blood screening test and identify dental patients who need to be referred to their primary health care physician for a medical diagnosis.

Dr. Ron Schefdore, President of Healthy Heart Dentistry states, "Getting dental professionals involved in prevention and early identification will establish closer relationships with local physicians resulting in overall better health for the U.S. The process takes less than 15 minutes, is virtually painless, and could be the first step to a healthier and possibly a longer life without huge medical expenses, which fits perfectly with the new Healthcare Plan”, says Dr. Schefdore.

Dr. Schefdore can be reached at 345 W. Ogden Westmont,Il
fax 630-986-1524


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