A Few Thoughts To Chew On For Oral Health

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Your Oral Health is So Important

As a dentist, I see people of all ages coming to salvage their oral health oftentimes when it is barely salvageable. The common neglect of oral health is rampant in our indulgent society. We have access to every kind of rich food on a daily basis. And, we do indulge in it. In a sense, every day of the year is a holiday when it comes to what people eat. And that is the downfall when it comes to oral health.

Premium fuel for the body is as important as using good fuel in your car. We’ve been told endlessly to monitor our sugar consumption. Sugar is like acid to teeth. It corrodes, causes cavities and disrupts the balance of healthy bacteria in the mouth. Nonetheless, we are a society sugar-obsessed. Sugar is in just about every processed food on the supermarket shelves.

If you were not taught good oral health practices as a child, it is your responsibility as an adult to discover the healthy practices and adjust your behavior if you want to keep your own teeth. Your teeth allow you to smile comfortably and chew correctly.

The American Dental Association provides diet guidelines for good oral health. I’ve provided those guidelines in hopes that you’ll begin to realize their importance.

Keep These Tips In Mind When Choosing Your Meals And Snacks

•Drink plenty of water.

•Eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups, including:  whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean sources of protein such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish; dry beans, peas and other legumes, low-fat and fat-free dairy foods

•Limit the number of snacks you eat. If you do snack, choose something that is healthy like fruit or vegetables or a piece of cheese.

•Foods that are eaten as part of a meal cause less harm to teeth than eating lots of snacks throughout the day, because more saliva is released during a meal. Saliva helps wash foods from the mouth and lessens the effects of acids, which can harm teeth and cause cavities.

From Implants To A Heart Attack To A Holistic Dental Practice

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For many years I was stumped when a small percentage of my dental implant patients had a problem with their implants not taking hold. There was no obvious reason why this person shouldn’t have the same success as any other patient. I questioned myself first. Had I done something that prevented the implant from taking? Or was there an underlying reason for this failure to achieve good results? I asked myself these questions endlessly as I pursued every avenue possible.

 

Dental implants are considered to be the gold standard of tooth replacement. A long-standing track record of dental implants proves them to be the best functioning, best looking and best feeling of all the tooth replacement options ever created by man. The national success ratio is over 95 percent. But for the few people who have a failure, the failure rate is ultimately 100 percent. That was something I couldn’t handle easily. There had to be a better answer.

 

A Turning Point

Then I had a heart attack. Little did I know that this health “crisis” was just the turning point I needed to find the answers I was looking for so desperately. I love the origin of the word “crisis”. I, to decide or discriminate, and to sift and separate. And that’s exactly what any crisis, health or otherwise, offers us humans.

 

My heart attack led to a series of tests that turned me back to my own profession. I received test results that indicated I should “see my dentist to find out if I have periodontal disease.” This surprising directive came as a result of a simple saliva test. In this test, the different kinds of and levels of bacteria are clearly shown with the markers of the body’s tolerance to those attacking bacteria.

 

My curiosity was even more piqued. The more I delved into this topic, the more I became aware that the second leading cause of cardiovascular incidents and stroke is periodontal disease. This incredible evidence indicated that in certain patients their oral health could predict how they would handle disease and how their bodies would respond to corrective therapeutic modalities.

 

My Heart Centered, Holistic Dental Practice

In my dental practice today, these saliva tests help me identify the top really bad bacteria in the body of each of my patients. They show me each individual’s body’s ability to handle inflammation and the threshold levels at which the patient’s body can tolerate the offending genetic markers. My practice is very different than it was prior to my heart attack.

 

Dentistry has long been about the mechanics; Dentists see a hole and fill it, never once asking themselves, “Why did this break?”  The answer may in fact lie, not in the mouth, but in another part of the body, in the patient’s personal DNA makeup which can be detected through the saliva in the mouth.

 

My practice is no longer just about the mouth and giving someone a great smile. It is about the whole-body system, about identifying those patients who may be on their way to a heart attack or other health crisis and helping them avoid it as a result of identifying the bacteria responsible and making the requisite changes. In other words, I’m giving them something to smile about.

 

 

A Dirty Mouth Can Mean A Hurting Heart

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I’m not referring to talking dirty

, though that probably doesn’t help much of anything either. What I’m talking about is how the bacteria in your mouth can indicate whether there is likely to be disease in your heart. A dirty mouth can also indicate whether you are heading toward diabetes or a stroke too.

 

For instance, did you know that people who have gum disease have twice as much small, dense LDL cholesterol in their blood stream as those with healthy gums? Most people are unaware of this. It so happens that chemicals produced by high-risk oral bacteria make it easier for bad cholesterol to invade artery walls.  As a result, these chemicals make the inner layers of the artery – where the plaque forms – stickier, like Velcro, so cholesterol is more likely to be trapped there and clump into dangerous plaque.

 

I learned all of this as a result of having a heart attack and receiving a cardiac report suggesting that I should “get checked out by my dentist to make sure I didn’t have periodontal disease.” Pretty ironic considering I am a dentist who specialized in implants. And of course many people getting implants lose teeth as a result of periodontal disease. This led me to in-depth research on the correlation between heart health and oral health.

 

I now employ an overall approach to health in my dental practice inspired by the BaleDoneen Method of heart attack, stroke and diabetes prevention. The BaleDoneen method is used by a growing number of dental as well as medical providers. By testing the bacteria in the mouth, it can be determined if you are at high risk for heart disease, stroke and/or diabetes. I love giving my patients the ability to smile again, the ability to chew their food and feel good about their looks. However, nothing beats the way I feel when I can help my patients prevent a heart attack, diabetes or a stroke, in addition to those other benefits.

 

You can find out more about the method I employ in my dental practice by visiting www.baledoneen.com.  If you are looking for a dentist that takes your whole health into consideration, I’m your man.

 

 

 

 

 

Nilo A. Hernandez, Jr., DDS, DICOI, Owner of Smilecreator Of Naples And Best-selling Co-author Reveals A Testing Method That Discovers One’s Risk for Heart Attacks, Strokes And Diabetes.

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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 an exciting new method and research that helps determine the risk for preventative approached for three of the most prevalent and deadly diseases.

 

Naples, FL, June 20, 2019: Owner and CEO of Smilecreator of Naples, Dr. Nilo Hernandez, Jr., DDS, has posted a new blog on his website entitled, “The Key To Health Is In Your Mouth” in which he introduces readers to an exciting and life-saving new testing method.

Dr. Nilo writes, “We are all very familiar with the stereo-typical scenario depicting a visit to the doctor.” He continues, “The doctor walks in, greets the patient, then says, “Open your mouth and say, ‘Ah.’” He or she then depresses the tongue with what looks like a wide popsicle stick and looks around inside the mouth.” Dr. Nilo states, “Most people are unaware of what the doctor is looking for.”

According to Dr. Nilo, “Generally, the doctor would be looking to see if there is anything swollen. And,” he emphasizes, “they are looking at the tongue for a variety of signs that could indicate any number of health issues that might be brewing.”

“The mouth is the primary gateway to the entire body,” Dr. Nilo says. He elaborates, “Everything that goes into the mouth makes its way through the body and much of what goes into the mouth ends up either adding to the health or the illness of the body and its organs. And, that health or illness is reflected in the mouth.”

 

The entire blog can be read at https://smilecreator.com/the-key-to-health-is-in-your-mouth/

  

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.

 

Teaching 

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.

 

The Key To Health Is In Your Mouth

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We are all very familiar with the stereotypical

scenario depicting a visit to the doctor. The doctor walks in, greets the patient, then says, “Open your mouth and say, ‘Ahhh.’” He or she then depresses the tongue with what looks like a wide popsicle stick and looks around inside the mouth. Most people are unaware of what the doctor is looking for.

Generally, the doctor would be looking to see if there is anything swollen. And, they are looking at the tongue for a variety of signs that could indicate any number of health issues that might be brewing.

The mouth is the primary gateway to the entire body. Everything that goes into the mouth makes its way through the body and much of what goes into the mouth ends up either adding to the health or the illness of the body and its organs. And, that health or illness is reflected in the mouth.

Recent research has discovered that the mouth and oral health is the most immediate and accurate reflection of overall health. In fact, I say this as a dentist and oral surgeon who found out the truth of this statement first hand.

I was fortunate enough to have had a heart attack which led me to a life-saving, eye-opening approach to overall health which I now employ in my dental practice. It is called the BaleDoneen Method of heart attack, stroke and diabetes prevention. Yes, prevention.

Today, the BaleDoneen method is used by a growing number of dental as well as medical providers. By testing the bacteria in the mouth, it can be determined if you are at high risk for heart disease, stroke and/or diabetes. When you discover the critical importance of oral health in the prevention of the three diseases mentioned above, you will want to make sure your dentist is part of your cardiology team.

You can find out more by visiting their website at www.baledoneen.com. In addition, I’ll be revealing more about my personal experience with the method in my upcoming monthly blogs and articles. Stay tuned for health.