Every now and then, I tell you that we change lives here. That isn’t just a whole heapload of bologna – it’s the truth. Because we perform oral cancer screenings at every exam, we’ve caught it in several patients. We monitor blood-pressure levels and if we see that it’s too high, we will insist that the patient address it before we continue treatment. When severe periodontitis is present, we order a hs-CRP (high sensitivity C-Reactive Protein) workup following treatment.
An hs-CRP test is done to find out if you have an increased chance of having a sudden heart problem, such as a heart attack. Inflammation can damage the inner lining of the arteries and make having a heart attack more likely. The typical range for these tests tend to be 0.0 -3.0 mg/L.
Recently, we had such a patient visit us with a severe case of periodontitis. As we usually do, we sent this patient out for the hs-CRP workup. Initial results came back very high (over 10.0 mg/L). A month following treatment, the test was performed again. We found that the reading had dropped all the way down to 0.0 mg/L.
What does that mean? It means that after receiving the best treatment available, this patient’s chance of heart problems has dropped significantly. That’s amazing. And it’s one more example of how Barotz Dental has changed the lives of the people we touch.