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Ronald C. McGlennen, M.D., Medical Director of Access Genetics, discusses his thoughts on oral disease, the microbiome and bacteria.

Dr. McGlennen is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. He is recognized by the American Board of Medical Genetics with a Specialty in Clinical Molecular Genetics, and has published more than 70 significant scientific articles and book chapters in his areas of expertise.

Dr. McGlennen provides an overview of his thoughts on various issues of health, including the oral microbiome and periodontal disease. As Dr. McGlennen states, the microbiome must be recognized as an organ in our bodies due to its pivotal and important role central to our health. As certain changes in the gut flora can provide important answers to intestinal health, the oral microbiome provides answers to oral health. The doctor discusses the kinds of bad bacteria we encounter, much of which comes from the environments we exist within—from intimate contact, and foods, as well as surfaces, etc. 

Dr. McGlennen talks about our internal body functioning. He explains how factors such as a lack of exercise, or aging, etc., can push our bodies into a state of dysbiosis, essentially a microbial imbalance on or inside our bodies—e.g. impaired microbiota. Dr. McGlennen explains how the microbiome can be impacted, as he provides an overview of periodontal disease and its major causes. And Dr. McGlennen discusses pathogens, some obvious disease markers, and other indicators of disease. 

Continuing, Dr. McGlennen provides further information on gum disease and plaque build up, as well as bad bacteria in the mouth and mouth bacteria treatment. Further, he discusses the eleven bacteria that make up their ‘quantitative DNA analysis’ and how they use this critical information to gain knowledge about one’s cumulative bacterial load, in order to understand the best way to provide treatment and therapy.

In this podcast:

  • What can we learn from a quantitative DNA analysis about our health?
  • How to know if you are suffering from a microbial imbalance
  • How do bacteria get into the body?