Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Why your cardiologist, PCP and sleep specialist should have your dentist's number on their speed dial

Drs. Amy Doneen and Bradley Bale have been on the leading edge of research for heart attack and stroke prevention. Their Bale Doneen Method of prevention is a validated medical approach to the prevention and treatment of vascular disease. It focuses on the causal role of inflammation in atherosclerosis. The BD method is proven to identify, stabilize and regress atherosclerosis, preventing ischemic strokes and heart attacks.

They have been long time passionate advocates of highlighting the numerous diseases that can produce vascular inflammation, including periodontal disease and obstructive sleep apnea.

At 229 Charles Street, we are committed to a comprehensive and holistic approach to your health and understand the systemic links to your oral health and how your oral health impacts your general health and well being. 

Every patient treated in our dental practice is assessed, diagnosed and then treated for periodontal and endodontic disease. A complementary blood pressure screening and BMI calculation is offered to patients in addition to the customary review and discussion of their medical and dental history. 

Patients that raise a red flag upon screening for Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) are referred to a sleep specialist for an evaluation and sleep testing. 

We are also trained to treat patients that are medically prescribed Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) for primary snoring, mild and moderate OSA, severe OSA, if they refuse CPAP, or are CPAP intolerant / non compliant and patients that require combination therapy (using both CPAP and OAT).

According to the 2014 update from the American Heart Association, Stroke is still the number one cause of disability. Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies from a stroke every 4 minutes.

Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease top the list for health care dollars spent in the US. Among the aggregated condition categories, cardiovascular disease was the most expensive. The reason for this situation is the attention given to treating end stage disease, risk for an event being based on risk factors alone and treatment still being focused mainly on cholesterol, not on inflammation.

The Bale Doneen approach of preventing Stroke and Heart attacks focuses on utilizing silent technology to find silent arterial disease and assessing for vascular inflammation.

Arterial wellness can be achieved by assessing for which particular inflammatory issues is driving their disease. These conditions can be managed effectively enough to extinguish the inflammation. The underlying atherosclerosis will stabilize and remain quiescent.

So you see how a general dentist and dentist with training to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea can have a critical impact on lowering the inflammatory burden on your system, which will result in a reduction of your risk of stroke and heart attack in addition to numerous other health benefits.

Be well, Do well, Live well
Until next time,


Improving the Lives of our Patients 

Monday, January 2, 2017


Happy New Year Everyone!

As 2017 brings us fresh promise, I reflect on what I want to do more of this year in order to be better , more fulfilled and happier in every role and responsibility I have in my life.

We are daily bombarded by the millions of messages and demands that are now an inescapable part of our lives. 

Technology is wonderful and so is progress but the human mind is wired for connection- not lists and tasks.

So I commit to trying to be the best individual, wife, mother, doctor, friend, stranger, neighbor  or family member possible by paying attention to the person I am with at any moment.

I commit to being present to the highest level possible.

I commit to growing every day so my level of presence continues to expand.

I invite you to join me in this challenge of connecting more to each other.

Be well, Do well, Live well
Until next time,
Sunita Merriman, DDS