Ask the Dentist with Dr. Mark Burhenne

Episode #59: What Your Physician Needs to Know About You From Your Dentist

April 26, 2022 Dr. Mark Burhenne - Functional Dentist Episode 58
Ask the Dentist with Dr. Mark Burhenne
Episode #59: What Your Physician Needs to Know About You From Your Dentist
Show Notes

Multiple systemic illnesses are linked to dysregulation of the oral microbiome, highlighting the importance of understanding the oral-systemic connection. However, we see dentists and physicians separately! Join us today to learn about the oral-systemic connection and why your physician and your dentist should be communicating. Dr. B explains why he wrote the Physician's CRP Letter, how dentistry and medicine split apart, and why this is such a bad model for overall patient health. We learn about the three mechanisms of how bacteria get into the bloodstream (infection, injury, and inflammation), and the different manifestations of the oral-systemic connection. We also find out what CRP is, why it's important as a marker of inflammation, and what to expect when you download the Physician's CRP Letter. So, to discover how to optimize your health from dentist to physician, press “Play” now. 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • The oral-systemic connection, and why it's a core principle of functional dentistry [0:00:11]
  • Why Dr. B created the Physician’s CRP Letter, and today’s question [0:02:35]
  • The importance of communication between your physician and your dentist [0:04:15]
  • Why there’s a schism between dentists and physicians [0:05:06]
  • The negative health impacts of separating dentistry and medicine [0:06:53]
  • What the oral-systemic connection is [0:10:25]
  • How gum disease can be the foundation of inflammation through the body [0:12:02]
  • What CRP is used to detect [0:16:12]
  • The manifestations of the oral-systemic connection [0:16:56]
  • How the CRP letter can help you, where to find it, and what the CRP test is [0:20:17]
  • What your dentist needs to fill out in the CRP Letter [0:24:01]
  • How root canals can elevate your CRP, even though Dr. B supports them [0:24:25]
  • Dr. B’s wishes for the future union of oral and general healthcare [0:28:35]
  • The importance of the oral microbiome in the oral-systemic connection, and where you can find out more [0:30:27]
  • When and where to find a functional dentist [0:32:06]

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Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

C-Reactive Protein Testing: Why We Need Collaboration in Medicine & Dentistry

Interview: Why We Shouldn’t Ignore the Oral Microbiome

Oral Microbiome: What Is It & Why Is It Important with Cass Nelson-Dooley

Ask the Dentist Physician's CRP Letter

Teeth: The Story Of Beauty, Inequality, And The Struggle For Oral Health In America

An examination of periodontal treatment and per member per month (PMPM) medical costs in an insured population

Ask the Dentist: Collected Articles and Podcast Episodes About Root Canals

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