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Oral/body inflammatory connection explained
Date:7/9/2009

he form of cutting the gums to remove hardened plaque build-up and refiguring the bone. Both Drs. Slepian and Gottehrer have used these previous treatments in order to incorporate the improvement of both oral and cardiovascular health.

In addition, a new screening diagnostic system called STAT-CK (developed by Dr. Gottehrer) which gives the dentist and the patient a simple solution to visualize and categorize the stages of periodontal disease using grades A F (A being minor damage to gums, F being the most severe case of damage to the gums and bone, needing surgical attention). This diagnostic tool can be personalized for each patient and it allows all doctors to understand the patient's periodontal condition. "This tool can help improve the communication between the dentist and doctor, as well as the treatment and health of the patient," says Dr. Gottehrer.

Dr. Gottehrer also stresses the importance of brushing and flossing twice a day to reduce the risk of gum disease and to maintain a happy, healthy mouth. He suggests if abnormal occurrences are noticed, a person should contact a general dentist immediately in order to prevent possible further damage to teeth and gums and to also reduce the risk of CVD.

Alongside the panel of seven other doctors, both Drs. Gottehrer and Slepian will present the importance of addressing the oral/body inflammatory connection, identify the categories by grade of periodontal disease and the risks of disease to the patient, describe uniform treatment for all stages of both periodontal disease and CVD, as well as suggest a successful hygiene program to improve dental care given to patients. The discussion will be held Friday, July 10 from 8 a.m. 5 p.m. at the AGD's 2009 Annual Meeting.


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Contact: Joshauna Walker
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Academy of General Dentistry
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