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SouthPark Periodontics & Impant Dentistry : Newsletter

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January 2016
 

The Mouth-Body Connection
Periodontal Disease, Heart Disease, & Diabetes

 

Research has recently proven what dentists have long suspected: that there is a strong connection between periodontal disease and other chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis.
Periodonal Disease & Diabetes

 
The connection between diabetes and periodontal disease results from a variety of factors. Diabetes sufferers are more susceptible to all types of infections, including periodontal infections, due to the fact diabetes slows circulation, allowing bacteria to colonize. Diabetes also reduces the body’s overall resistance to infection, which increases the probability of the gums becoming infected.

It is very important for everyone to brush teeth effectively, floss daily, and visit the dentist regularly, but it is especially essential that diabetics practice these measures. When teeth are left un-brushed, harmful bacteria can ingest the excess sugar and colonize beneath the gum line.

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Periodontal Disease, Heart Disease, & Stroke


The link between periodontal disease and heart disease is so apparent that patients with oral conditions are nearly twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease than those with healthy mouths. Periodontal disease has also been proven to exacerbate existing heart conditions. Additionally, patients with periodontal disease have been known to be more susceptible to strokes. A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is suddenly stopped. This may occur, for example, when a blood clots prevents blood from reaching the brain. 
 

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Dr. Richard E. Offutt


Dr. Offutt attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where he received specialty degrees in periodontics and endodontics. Dr. Offutt was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania upon the completion of his specialty training.
Dr. Offutt has practiced periodontics and implantology in Charlotte since 1982. he has devoted an extensive number of days to continuing education in the areas of dental implants and periodontology.

 



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Tripp Cockerham, DDS, MSD


Dr. Cockerham graduated Cum Laude from Wake Forest University with a BS in Biology and a Masters of Arts in Business Management.  Dr. Cockerham graduated with Honors from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Dentistry.  After Dental School, he completed a General Practice Residency at UNC Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Cockerham completed his Masters of Science in Dentistry and his specialty training in Periodontics at the University of Louisville.



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SouthPark Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

Richard E. Offutt, DDS, MS  | Tripp Cockerham, DDS, MSD
Southparkperio.com
(704)366-2774
6719 Fairview Road
Charlotte, NC 28210