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How Good Dental Health Affects our General Health

Posted by admin on Mon, Oct 03, 2011

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Good dental health is an important component of overall total health and well being. Studies have shown a link between chronically ill patients and poor dental health.

 A recent study has revealed that periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature birth, and pose a threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes or respiratory disease. Several studies have suggested a strong link between periodontal disease (gum disease) and cardiovascular disease. Periodontal disease appears to affect more than just the mouth. As a chronic infection it can accelerate most disease processes.

The use of mercury amalgam fillings for cavities for so many years may also affect general health. The smallest amount of mercury in the body is toxic. Whether amalgams present a risk is controversial, and many dentists maintain the amalgams are sealed and do not leach into the body. According to the International Academy of Medicine and Toxicology, IAOMT website, as recently as July 2009, the FDA had a debate on dental amalgams and reclassified mercury amalgams from a Class I "least risk" device to a Class II "more risk" device. Some people concerned about toxicity have opted to have these mercury fillings removed  in order to achieve a better state of health.

Good dental health is important to overall health

Be sure to get your teeth cleaned and examined at least twice a year to prevent problems like periodontal disease that may affect more than just your smile. Brush and floss twice a day to constantly break up the plaque and biofilm that builds up over an 8 hour period.

With additional training in nutrition and the systems of the body, the holistic family dental team at NIHA incorporates natural options and biocompatible materials to make your family dental visit a pleasant and efficient experience, while having the least negative impact on your total health.

Topics: dental health, periodontal disease, holistic dentistry