Integrative Health Blog

See Your Dentist. It's Good for Your Heart!

Posted by on Sun, Aug 26, 2018

Recently you may have read or heard that "The American Heart Association (AHA) has said that Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease) is not a cause of heart disease." This statement was on virtually every news outlet including newspapers. What amazes me is that there was so little depth to this "news bite."

In fact, what the AHA said was that no one can say what the cause of heart disease actually is. By this, they mean that heart disease (the number one killer in the USA) is a "multi-factorial" disease. Heart disease has many contributors to its cause, and any of these contributors may indeed be the cause in any one patient. Contributors to heart disease include obesity, smoking, lack of exercise, genetics, periodontal disease, and other factors. No single factor might be the cause in any one case.

Inflammation and Heart Disease

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Tags: dental health, periodontal disease, gum disease, heart disease, holistic dentistry, biological dentistry

What You Should Know About Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Posted by on Wed, Jul 18, 2018

 

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is the major cause of tooth loss.

The foundation of biological dentistry is to promote a healthy mouth. When the mouth is in a healthy state the gums are pink and attached to the roots.  The roots are strong and completely surrounded by bone.  There is no inflammation and rarely is there bleeding; imagine a sturdy new fence post that has just been placed in the ground.   If you are following a daily regimen that involves brushing and plaque removal from the area around and in between the teeth there is a good chance that your mouth is in a healthy state.

However, if you notice swollen gums or bleeding gums, that may be a sign that the mouth is not healthy. Dental plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that can build up if left untreated. Plaque can produce toxins that can cause bleeding, inflammation and eventual bone loss.  If left untreated the gum tissue and bone can break down- and now that fence post is loose, making you vulnerable to tooth loss and serious periodontal disease.

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Tags: biological dentistry, periodontal disease

6 Reasons Why Biological Dentistry is Important to Your Health

Posted by on Mon, Apr 01, 2013

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?

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Tags: biological dentistry, cavitations, periodontal disease, TMJ, root canal

Natural Dental Products for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Posted by on Mon, Jan 21, 2013

Laurie DeRosa RDH

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Tags: dental health, integrative health, periodontal disease, gum disease, health products

Periodontal or Gum Disease, a Chronic Disease of Mankind!

Posted by on Mon, Sep 24, 2012

Tom Baldwin DDS

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Tags: holistic approach, biological dentistry, dental health, periodontal disease, holistic dentistry, gum disease

What's In your Mouth that Affects your Health?

Posted by on Mon, Aug 06, 2012

Laurie DeRosa RDH

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Tags: biological dentistry, dental health, integrative medicine, integrative health, integrated health, periodontal disease, plaque, biofilm

Biofilm, Plaque and Your Dental Health

Posted by on Tue, Feb 21, 2012

Laurie DeRosa RDH

First, what is biofilm?

Biofilm is a collection of many types of bacteria surrounded by a slimy substance that can stick to most everything.  Biofilms can be found in our bathrooms, on our kitchen countertops, cutting boards and yes, the kitchen sink.

Over 900 types of bacteria can live in our mouths but not all at the same time. There are usually 100-200 species on different surfaces at any given time.  The bacteria on our teeth are different than those on the gums, cheek and tongue. Different sides of a single tooth can have different biofilms. 

The plaque that forms on our teeth is a type of biofilm.  Biofilms play an important role in the health of your mouth.  Basically, biofilms are bacterial cells that  will  team up on and around your teeth and under your gums forming clusters of unhealthy bacteria. If left alone, these bacteria will become toxic.   The cells actually feed off each other and if left undisturbed, will multiply and can cause periodontal disease.  

So how do I get this plaque biofilm off my teeth?

Daily brushing and flossing is the best way.  The surfaces of the teeth and gums need to stay consistently clean in order to keep the bacteria from becoming toxic.

You need to see your dental hygienist regularly so that any plaque that has worked its way down into your gums can be removed.  If it is left down under for too long plaque will harden.  You may have heard the terms "calculus" or "tartar" from your hygienist or tv commercials.  This is what plaque is called after it hardens.  Tartar is unhealthy and cannot be removed at home.  It will cause inflammation which can destroy the gums.   It only takes 24 hours for plaque to harden.  Left on the teeth and surrounding gums for too long leads to gum disease

How can I prevent gum disease?

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Tags: dental health, periodontal disease, plaque, biofilm, gum disease

How Good Dental Health Affects our General Health

Posted by on Mon, Oct 03, 2011

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.

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Tags: dental health, periodontal disease, holistic dentistry

Invisalign Open House: Straighten Your Teeth for a Healthier Mouth

Posted by on Tue, May 03, 2011

Crooked teeth are not just unattractive, they may negatively impact your health!

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Tags: cosmetic dentistry, periodontal disease