The Medical-Dental Collaborative project is Towson Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics’ attempt to squelch the Oral Systemic Connection. The idea is to establish a communication between treating medical doctors and periodontists. Medical doctors charged with outcome based care and reimbursement refer patients in these predicaments for specialized periodontal treatment. To this end, the practice has produced a series of specially targeted pamphlets and in-office literature to explain the oral-systemic connection to both medical care teams and patients. “Most people don’t realize that the mouth isn’t just the gateway to the stomach. If we can help them realize how oral and general health is related, they’d feel better and conditions such as CVD (cardiovascular disease) and diabetes are better controlled,” says Dr. James Kassolis. 47% of Americans believed to have gum disease according to the American Academy of Periodontology. If that percentage isn’t shocking enough, the figures climb to 70% in Americans over 65 years of age. Inflammation and infection present in patients with gum disease is spread through the body via the bloodstream worsening a patients overall health. Many conditions are negatively affected by this inflammation. Patients with diabetes have a lower resistance to infection, and that makes them more susceptible to developing Periodontal (Gum) Disease. Researchers are now trying to find out if Alzheimer’s’ is attributable to oral bacteria. Heart disease, high blood pressure and fetal growth and development are all affected by infection initially present in the mouth. Gum disease in its most serious form can cause tooth loss. Dentists and physicians alike can attest tooth loss often leads to a worsening diet and poorer nutrition.
Towson Center for Dental Implants & Periodontics works to restore diseased gums surgically and non-surgically, even offering LANAP Laser treatments attractive to immunocompromised patients and others required to stay on blood thinners. Regardless of your health status, the American Dental Association recommends everyone practice good oral health habits by brushing twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, eating a healthy diet and visiting your dentist regularly.
Physicians/practices interested in the Medical-Dental Collaborative project are encouraged to meet one-on-one with a periodontist from TCDIP. Once the collaborative relationship is established, participating providers will be listed on this page and will be given digital and paper materials for distribution to candidate patients. The website will serve as a resource for both participating physicians and patients. Ongoing, reciprocal communication noting patient progress will also be provided digitally for upload into various EMR programs. Medical offices and Baltimore area health systems interested in learning more about the program may contact TCDIP professional relations coordinator Stephanie at 410.321.9477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.