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Dr. Feyrer-Melk Educates Encanterra Residents


Dr. Feyrer-Melk presented a seminar on Periodontal Disease and the Heart to 40 residents at Arizona’s Encanterra Active Adult Community. The seminar gave Encanterra residents the opportunity to learn from and engage with Dr. Feyrer-Melk,regarding the impact of periodontal disease on cardiovascular health.


More and more, periodontal disease and the “Oral-Systemic Connection” is playing a major role in cardiovascular disease prevention.  Periodontal disease is directly linked with inflammation of the arteries.  In fact, oral bacteria from the mouth can be found in carotid and heart plaques at the time of surgery.  Even further, dental infection is even directly associated with acute heart attacks. Dr. Feyrer-Melk’s preventative cardiology program provides an inflammatory biomarker and “Toothpick Test” that can identify which patients may be at risk.


In fact, there are new tests available that can detect silent dental abscesses which can contribute to cardiovascular disease, especially heart attacks.  Dr. Feyrer-Melk has begun to order these specialized dental studies on select patients as part of the preventative cardiology program in place at Optimal Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Home dental hygiene is imperative to protect your heart, brain, and blood vessels on a daily basis Keep these steps,  in mind for optimal dental hygiene.

      1.  Electric toothbrush preferred for 2 minutes at morning and night.
      2.  Use floss or a Waterpik every night.
      3.  Closys or other alcohol-free oral rinse each night.
      4.  See your Dentist regularly.


Want to learn more? Contact us at 480-941-0800 for more information about preventative cardiology in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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