Healthy Dentistry

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

The mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. As host to the bacteria, in addition to mucus and food particles, the mouth can sometimes become a hotbed for the development of bacterial infections and oral diseases. In recent years, it has been found that oral infections can affect the pathogenesis and course of several systemic diseases. Studies have shown that the mouth acts like a portal to the whole body and that it’s possible that oral bacteria can escape into the bloodstream and damage major organs.1

A growing body of research has linked oral infections, like periodontitis, to other health problems, including heart attack, diabetes and even dementia.1 In other words, research has identified a relationship between poor oral health and your overall health.

Possible issues

Some of these symptoms include bleeding gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth, receding gums, loose teeth, sores, bad breath as well as painful, swollen or tender gums.

Diabetes

People with diabetes are more prone to periodontal disease than people without the disease. This is probably due to the former group being more susceptible to contracting infections. This is particularly true for people who may not be managing their condition.2

Cardiovascular diseases

Research has shown that 91% of patients with cardiovascular disease demonstrated moderate to severe periodontitis. The same study showed a statistically significant relationship between coronary artery disease and periodontitis.3

Premature birth

Research suggests that the bacteria that cause inflammation in the gums can actually enter the bloodstream and target the foetus, potentially leading to premature labour and low-birth-weight babies.4

Cancer

The presence of gum disease increases your cancer risk, according to a research report published in Lancet Oncology. From data collected over 21 years involving health records of 50,000 patients, the research concluded that even moderate gum disease accounts for a 14% increase in cancer risk.5

When it comes to your health, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Healthy Dentistry can help!

Our Holistic Dentistry

Holistic dental practitioners take a serious view of these research findings and their far-reaching implications. We believe that the mouth is connected to the rest of the body, so the health of your teeth and gums can affect your overall health. That is the overarching philosophy that governs the practice of Holistic Dentistry and the way we treat all our patients here at Healthy Dentistry.

Healthy Dentistry is a holistic practice located in the Brisbane CBD that incorporates safe alternate methods into conventional dentistry for the wellbeing of your dental and overall health. We take a comprehensive and pro-active approach to solving problems. That means we inspect not just your teeth and gums, but also their relation to the neck, head, jaw and spine. We investigate the root causes of dental disease, overlapping with the medical, physical, dietary, nutritional and physiological aspects of a person’s total health and wellbeing.

At Healthy Dentistry, we are committed to patient education and the integration of interdisciplinary programs that address dental and oral issues using natural and patient-friendly methods. We stress the importance of dental methods, instruments and materials that are considered safer for patients, staff and the environment. That’s also why we use non-toxic and biocompatible restorative materials for all our treatments.

At Healthy Dentistry, we care about the mind, body and spirit of our patients, and this is apparent from the way we combine natural treatment techniques and the latest dental technology to achieve our oral care objectives. Our holistic treatments and programs include safe amalgam removal, metal-free dental implants, gum disease prevention, nutritional programs, metal-free composite fillings, etc.

Combining over 25 years of holistic philosophy with advanced dental techniques, we provide a comprehensive range of services to keep you healthy.

References:

  1. Li X, Kolltveit KM, Tronstad L, Olsen I. Systemic diseases caused by oral infection 2000 Oct; 13(4): 547–558 [Clin Microbiol Rev.]
  2. Diabetes and periodontal disease. https://www.perio.org/consumer/diabetes.htm [American Academy of Periodontology ¬– Perio.org]
  3. Geerts SO, Legrand V, Charpentier J, Albert A, Rompen EH. Further evidence of the association between periodontal conditions and coronary artery disease. J Periodontol. 2004;75:1274–80. [PubMed]
  4. Rajiv Saini, Santosh Saini, and Sugandha R. Saini. Periodontitis: A risk for delivery of premature labor and low-birth-weight infants. 2010 Jul-Dec; 1(1): 40–42. doi: 10.4103/0976-9668.71672 [J Nat Sci Biol Med]
  5. The Surprising Link Between Gum Disease and Cancer. http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/gerald-p-curatola-dds/surprising-link-between-gum-disease-and-cancer [The Dr OZ Show]

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