Your Life-Threatening Disease Could Be The Result Of A Dirty Mouth

Let me be clear. I’m not talking about the kind of dirty mouth one refers to when someone curses or uses dirty words. You could curse like a sailor and have a very clean mouth. And you could be a person who has never uttered a dirty word in your life and have an absolutely filthy mouth. In fact, your dirty mouth could indicate how likely heart disease, diabetes and/or strokes could be in your future.


Oral Inflammation

Let me explain. Since the 1800s and the proposal of the germ theory, oral-systemic health has become one of the most important advancements in health. Today it is absolutely clear that every inflammatory disease is hugely affected by oral inflammation. In fact, oral inflammation is the number one source in humans leading to many and all forms of cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. So, you see, not only your heart disease, but your cancer, diabetes and stroke could all stem from oral inflammation.


Fear Of The Dentist

If you are afraid of going and don’t go to the dentist and have heart disease, I wouldn’t be surprised. If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned in years and have type 2 diabetes, I wouldn’t be surprised. If you avoid going to the dentist like it’s the plague, then you may very well be plagued with the major diseases that are known to cause death among most humans. The one disease that is an indicator of the other major diseases is periodontal disease. Inflammation of the gums leading to receding gums and bone loss creates bacteria in the mouth that goes into the body and causes inflammation that leads to serious diseases.


Fear of going to the dentist is a fear that really must be overcome by those who experience it. As you can see from what I’ve pointed out, t’s actually a matter of life and death importance.


Get Over Your Fear

I am aware that many people who have a fear of the dentist work to overcome their fear and they step up and go to the dentist. I am impressed with the effort and your health is very likely a result of those efforts.


A very simple and new test could be the thing that can help you get over your dentist fear. It’s called the Heart Smart ScreenTM.  If your dental office offers this, he or she can learn more about your current and future health risks with this simple new finger stick test.


Clean Up Your Mouth Clean Up Your Health

Finding a dental professional who offers this innovative test that are involved in genomics, genetic testing and advanced inflammatory testing could be a real lifesaver. If you are on the west coast of Florida, please call my office to schedule this important test. If you are not nearby, please call and perhaps we can suggest a dental professional near you who offers these types of tests. You just might learn to love going to the dentist when you discover how integral they can be to your overall health.

Alzheimer’s Disease, Oral Health And Fear Of The Dentist

November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. As a dentist and oral surgeon who studies the link between oral health and many of the most feared diseases, I now turn my attention to the link between oral health and Alzheimer’s Disease.


Anything that penetrates the blood brain barrier has an effect on the brain. Alcohol and drugs definitely have an effect on the brain for that very reason. They both penetrate the blood brain barrier. Alzheimer’s Disease is an inflammation in the brain and current research is suggesting a link between infections of the mouth and the brain that cause the disease.


Mouth To Brain

Scientists have been searching for the potential root causes and many are now zeroing in on infections that originate in the oral cavity. According to a report I recently read, “Researchers have well established that many bacteria in the mouth, particularly in people with gum disease, find their way into the host bloodstream; if they pass the blood brain barrier – and any number of them could be implicated in the Alzheimer’s enigma.”,2


As the report also shows, “There is even some evidence that oral Candida and herpes virus could possibly cause the inflammation in the brain that is seen in Alzheimer’s patients. Candida is a typically harmless fungus that is found in the mouths of half the world’s human population. However it can become treacherous and lead to infection if it enters the bloodstream. And herpes simplex virus is present in more than 70 percent of the population after 50 years of age. It persists latently in the peripheral nervous system and is periodically reactivated in the brain.”,2


And Now For People Who Are Afraid Of Going To The Dentist

When one considers the effect oral health has on the overall health of the body, I wonder what’s scarier, getting Alzheimer’s Disease or going to the dentist regularly? I wrote about fear of the dentist last month too. I feel this topic deserves a lot of attention because fear of going to a dentist affects a huge segment of people worldwide. In fact, according to a recent survey taken by 18,000 people worldwide, 61% said they suffer from dental fear. Almost 4% of the respondents said they have never been to a dentist!


Dental techniques are continually being improved and dentists are becoming more skillful at helping patients relax. But, for so many reasons there are people who just can’t seem to overcome the fears, which are varied. For instance the largest number of people are afraid of the pain. Others don’t like the smell of chemicals or the sound of the drill. Others are afraid of being stuck in the dental chair, which means they are afraid of not being in control.


It isn’t just Alzheimer’s Disease that is being linked to oral health. As I’ve talked about before, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some cancers and strokes are being found to be more prominent in people with gum disease and certain types of bacteria in the oral cavity. And, a recent study by the Yale School of Medicine found an increased rate of pneumonia among those with poor dental health.


The mouth is the portal to the entire body. It is how we greet the world with a smile. May you overcome any fear you may have and may you treat your oral health as the most important aspect of overall health.


Nilo A. Hernandez, Jr., DDS, DICOI, Owner of Smilecreator Of Naples Shares An Article Posted By Bale-Doneen In Honor Of National Dental Hygiene Month.


Nilo Hernandez, Jr., DDS, DICOI, best-selling co-author of the book, The Will To Win, with Brian Tracy, and owner of the Smilecreator of Naples, talks about how the Halloween celebration has typically been a boon to dentists and a great time to begin instilling good oral hygiene practices into young children.


Naples, FL, September **, 2019: Owner and CEO of Smilecreator of Naples, Dr. Nilo Hernandez, Jr., DDS, has posted a new article on his website entitled, “An Oral Health Guide In Anticipation Of Halloween,” in which Dr. Hernandez talks about why he shares an article from


Dr. Hernandez writs, “As we move further away from summer and deeper into the fall season, thoughts of Halloween start to play in the minds of children and parents across the country.” He continues, “As the first celebration of the fall season Halloween is one that has historically been detrimental to oral health and fundamental to keeping many dentists in business! So much sugar consumed in such a short period of time. Dentists can pretty much count on emergency appointments with children who have tooth aches in the weeks after Halloween.”


“As a dentist who employs and works with the Bale-Doneen method,” says Dr. Hernandez, “I want to share what they have posted on their website in honor of National Dental Hygiene Month.” He further explains, “Teaching children to keep their mouth clean is an important lesson to establish early. To that end and to the hopeful avoidance of the scary things that can happen when one doesn’t tend to their oral hygiene, I am posting an article from in its entirety.”


The title of the article is “4 Scary Reasons to Take Your Dental Health Seriously” in the article it is said that, “October is National Dental Hygiene Month, which honors the work of a potentially lifesaving member of your heart-attack-and-stroke prevention team: your dental provider.” The article continues, “Recent research links poor oral health to increased risk for many deadly disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading killer of Americans.”


The entire article can be read at


About Dr. Nilo Hernandez


Nilo A. Hernandez Jr., DDS, DICOI completed I dental degree at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska in 1991. Prior to that, he also completed dental training overseas that placed much emphasis on surgery and trauma procedures. With so much training in the surgical arts, it’s no wonder that he has excelled on this chosen path with the greatest of passion and vigor.


Since 1991, Dr. Hernandez has placed and restored well over 10,000 dental implants and has achieved and maintained an extremely high success rate. Not only is he involved with the surgical aspect, but he has always been involved with the restorative side as well. For many years, he has been teaching dentist to become extraordinary with predictable results.  As program chairman at two illustrious dental teaching clinics, he was instrumental in bringing implant dentistry to the mainstream at those centers and still is to this day. He has published numerous articles, books and has been featured in many television and radio shows.


While being fluent in English and Spanish, Dr. Hernandez has lectured worldwide and given many thousands of hours of lectures on everything from surgical to prosthetic rehabilitation. He has impacted the lives of many dentists and patients from across the globe.




The teaching arm of Dr. Nilo’s career has been developed due to his abilities and comprehensive use of methods, techniques and materials followed by proper and concise documentation and photography to assist many companies in using his skills for research and development of their products.


As Course Director for the IDEC Seminar series Dr. Hernandez’s quest is to prepare clinicians to reach levels of aptitude and proficiency never reached before. In addition to this, the medical advances in stem cells and genetic testing has become a part of the everyday dental practice life for Dr. Hernandez.




Your Dentist Should Be Part Of Your Cardiovascular Health Team

Have you ever heard the expression that, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”? I know many young women of an older generation were commonly told that by their mothers. Those young women were inspired to learn how to cook in order to attract a husband.

The fact of the matter is that the way to anybody’s heart is through their mouth. I’m not referring to the yumminess of the food that gets put into the mouth. I’m talking specifically about oral health and the kind of bacteria that is dominant in the mouth.

In recent years, science has found that oral bacteria from periodontal (gum) disease is a contributing cause of heart disease. Recent studies show that if you have gum disease in a moderate or advanced stage, you’re at greater risk for heart disease than someone with healthy gums. In addition, your oral health can provide doctors with warning signs for a range of diseases and conditions, including those in the heart.

This is why your dentist should be part of your cardiovascular health team. Oral health and heart disease are connected by the spread of bacteria – and other germs – from your mouth to other parts of your body through the bloodstream.

So, very simply put, if your dentist is not part of your cardiovascular team, you are not getting the best heart health care nor are you receiving the best oral health care.