It is time for something new...It's simply time to change the conversation.
(PRWEB) October 22, 2013
Our very own Chicago based Dental Coach Stephanie Lodding joined with more than 400 health care professionals at the third annual American Academy for Oral Systemic Health Science Meeting recently held in Las Vegas. 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.
Stephanie 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.”
Stephanie 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. We’re all working hard to lower risk factors and people want help doing better,” says Stephanie. “This is all a 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 27 presentations focused on the mouth-body health connection:
- Amy Doneen MSN ARNP, a national authority on heart disease stroke and diabetes prevention in Spokane Wash., and one 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.”
- Dr. James Winde, a sleep physician showed that sleep apnea produces changes in body chemistry that promote inflammation. Winde states that behavior problems in children can also be closely tied to sleep apnea and snoring in children. “Dentists play an important role in developing the jaws and open airways and providing dental appliances when CPAP therapy is not successful,” says Winde.
- Dr. Judith Miklossy, a leading Alzheimer’s researcher showed oral bacteria can directly cause Alzheimer’s disease. This is a new and exciting area of research and suggests that proper treatment to eradicate these bacteria could prevent Alzheimer’s dementia in the future.
About Stephanie Lodding:
Stephanie has been a full-time practicing hygienist for 21 years. She specializes in cosmetic hygiene and oral systemic care of her patients, with 15 years of experience working beside one of the leading cosmetic dentists in the country. Stephanie is on the Executive Board for the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) and also is the Current Meeting Chair for 2012-2013. Stephanie has lectured internationally on several topics and is sought-after for her passion and expertise. She has extensive knowledge and background in periodontal therapy and is helping hygienists and doctors transform an average hygiene team into oral health specialists. As a dental coach, Stephanie is passionate about inspiring teams to achieve greater success.