Your Gums And Your Heart…The Link is Intensifying!
The aging population is aware of heart disease and attribute this to getting older. But is it really part of the aging process? Studies show that age and heart disease are not related and actually is improved with science. The medical research establishment is very busy at work finding ways to keep us alive longer and healthier.
Researchers are finding new markers to identify risk of coronary artery disease early on and when monitored properly can help avoid these. One of these receiving much attention is “Myeloperoxidase” (MPO). This is a well-known enzyme found in the blood and used as a marker for inflammation. Follow this link for a very enlightening research article on this exciting enzyme and what it is telling us about our heart future. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/mi/2008/135625/
More functional medicine doctors are referring their patients to our office when this enzyme is elevated. Usually, they have hit a wall in diagnosis and need further investigation into why it is elevated. Here is where the dentist qualified in this form of study can benefit you. By performing an in-depth study, looking at all CT Scan data in detail, any infection found must be eliminated from the oral cavity.
Multiple cases currently in our office show that to be the case. Once we find these infections and they are eliminated, the MPO levels reduce dramatically and the patient is less inflamed systemically.
There are a few other new diseases and inflammatory markers being used and studied, but MPO is becoming one of those rare finds that truly is standing out.
Would you like to find out more, call us at 239-564-3100.
How Excellent Oral Health Can Help You Fight Off Viruses
We are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic like humanity has never experienced before. COVID19 is in the spotlight and we must take the suggested behaviors about social distancing, handwashing and keeping hands away from the face seriously. However, there are other habits that are not being talked about that can also make a big difference in protecting you and your loved ones from the virus.
As a dentist, the more I thought about this situation, the more I became fixated on the role a healthy mouth can have in this global health challenge. The health of the teeth and gums are major factors to be considered in the positive or negative outcome of the disease transmission process. If teeth and gums are well maintained and healthy, you’ll have a much better chance of not trapping harmful bacteria or viruses. However, when teeth have cracks, pits and faulty old dental work, and when gums are inflamed due to periodontal disease, then you are at a much higher risk of having contaminants stay in those crevices, and for longer periods of time.
Flossing and brushing the teeth after every single eating event is every bit as important as wearing a mask and gloves out in public. In my opinion, these habits should be included in the recommendations from the CDC and other leading authorities. They need to become automatic in our everyday lives.
Simply washing your hands properly and often and sanitizing the groceries and other products you bring into your home is helpful in light of what we now know. Being aware of how long the COVID19 virus stays communicable on certain surfaces like doorknobs, tabletops, grocery bags and so on is important. But think about the environment in your mouth.
To find out about other behaviors you can incorporate into your daily life to help keep your oral cavity (the inside of your mouth) in tip top condition, contact my office today. If you are concerned that your mouth health may be affecting your overall health and would like a complimentary examination, give us a call at (239)564-3100.
In the meantime, please stay well, stay safe and we will all get through this together.