Question: Why is biological dentistry so important to your overall health or recovery?
Answer: The mouth can severely impact your neuro-immune system.
In every chronic disease, it is your neuro-immune system that becomes dysfunctional so that chronic infections or cancer cells may proliferate outside of the immune system surveillance.
In addition, this dys-autonomia can reduce blood flow to any structure or organ in the body, perpetuate chronic inflammation and cause cellular dys-function or degeneration.
So, what is the mouth-body-connection and how does it affect overall health?
The following 6 areas impact oral health and may also affect the neuro-immune system, and therefore, overall health:
1. Mercury is the most toxic metal to the neuro-immune system.
(helpful article: Are You Concerned about the Mercury Fillings in Your Mouth?)
2. Root canals and other dead teeth are anaerobic breeding factories, and may continually produce some of the worse toxins known to man.
3. Periodontal infections can add to the inflammatory cascade.
4. Cavitations, or holes in the jaw bone may “store” toxic debris, usually from the mouth.
5. TMJ, or an improper jaw or bite alignment may create a head bone cranial problem.
6. Snoring,or worse, Sleep apnea (where breathing may actually stop at night) can cause health and breathing problems if not treated.
Now for the good news!
The mouth is totally accessible and all of the above toxic problems that severely interfere with the neuro-immune system can be remedied by your Biologic Dentist. When the causes of dys-autonomia are removed, the neuro-immune system now has the energy to detoxify and help “fix” structures that are deeper and not as accessible as the mouth.
Mark McClure DDS, FACG, is a biological dentist with a holistic family dentistry practice at National Integrated Health Associates, NIHA, one of the largest integrative medicine and dental centers on the East coast. Biological dentists consider the impact of dentistry on the whole body and use biocompatible dental materials and techniques that work in conjunction with the body, encouraging it to heal.