Oral health is becoming more and more important in the role of overall health. Research points to oral health as an indicator of the most life-threatening diseases of our time. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental slowness and autism, for example, are just some of the conditions that can be indicated based on the bacteria found in the mouth.
Biological Dentistry Takes A Preventative Approach
As a result of the increased awareness of the relationship of oral health to overall health, more and more people are turning to the services of biological dentists. Biological dentistry combines the very best elements of traditional dentistry with a deep appreciation for teeth and oral health in relationship to the rest of the body.
As a biological dentist, I work in tandem with many of my patients cardiologists, internists and other specialists. My greatest desire and mission is to help my patients understand the relationship of oral health to the health of their vital organs. I do everything I can to help my patients prevent periodontal disease which is a key indicator of other potential troubles lurking within the body, through education and biological testing of oral bacteria. When I can help my patients keep their oral cavity healthy, very often other health issues follow suit.
50% Of Adult Americans Have Periodontal Disease
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have done research and they report that half of Americans aged 30 or older have periodontitis which is the more advanced form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can cause systemic inflammation throughout the body. So far, there has not been conclusive research that shows a direct cause and effect relationship, however there is enough evidence to know that there is a strong relationship.
What Goes On In Your Mouth Affects Your Heart
Dental pathogens easily flow into the blood stream. The closest organ to the mouth is the heart. It has been shown that dental pathogens cause hardening of the arteries. There are specific kind of dental plaques that are often found in arterial plaque.
As we know, diet plays a role in oral health and overall health. The same things that cause diabetes and troubles around the waistline, also cause trouble in the mouth. Sugar is the main culprit causing cavities and the erosion of enamel in the teeth. This leads to tooth loss and, the need for root canals, bridges and more. All of these procedures are wonderful in their own right and have made it possible for millions of people around the world to live with confidence. However, when root canals are not cleaned out properly the risk of undetected bacterial infection is great. This is one of the ways that many toxins get into the body. Root canal procedures leave dead teeth behind which become a source of bacteria that continually grows and cannot be reached Pockets of infection form at the bottom of the tooth.
Your Mouth Is The Gateway To Great Health
If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you might want to seek the services of a biological dentist. If you have heart disease, you might also discuss whether your dentist test oral bacteria. As the association between oral health and overall health continues to become stronger there will be more biological dentists to serve the growing needs.