Oral Health and Your Overall Health

Recommended reading for better health and prevention of disease:

Brain GrainRenowned neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter writes about how carbs are destroying our brains. Both unhealthy and healthy carbs such whole grains can wreak havock on our health dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and more. Dr. Perlmutter details our brains responses to common ingredients in the bread and fruits we eat daily and why our brains thrive on fat and cholesterol. Dr. Perlmutter writes about taking control of our health through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits.

Calcium ParadoxTaking Calcium and Vitamin D along with Vitamin K2 is absolutely necessary. Without taking K2, the the body does not know to deposit Calcium in the bones so the Calcium is deposited in the soft tissues (think of hardened arteries). This book is a great source to learn about how universal Vitamin K2 deficiency is and the risk (in the form of cancer and diabetes, among other ailments) the absence of Vitamin K2 poses.

Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox illustrates the enormous health benefits of Vitamin K2 in making the body less susceptible to dental cavities, heart disease, prostate cancer, liver cancer, diabetes, wrinkles, obesity, varicose veins, and other ailments.

how statins really workJames and Hannah Yoseph writes about the indisputable fact that statins are fungal toxins, killing cells and blocking DNA and cell replication producing what we know as the side effects. Makers of the drug were aware of their toxicity to normal cells many years ago. This expose uncovers the great conspiracy that brought these drugs to market.

A New England Journal of Medicine article published in early March by Maurizio Tonetti, DMD, PhD and his colleagues confirms the intuition of oral health practitioners worldwide: oral health has a direct impact on the general well-being of the individual. Tonettis study measured, in 120 subjects, the effect on endothelial functioning of intensive treatment of periodontitis.

Endothelial dysfunction, or atherosclerosis, is commonly known as hardening of the arteries, and is one of many symptoms associated with poor cardiovascular health. Previous studies showed a causal relation between chronic inflammatory conditions and risk of atherosclerosis. Accordingly, Tonetti wanted to see specifically this behavior in gum disease. His study measured endothelial functioning in one group of patients, who received community-based periodontal care, versus another group, who received more aggressive treatment. The endothelial health was measured by examining the dilation of the main artery in the arm, the brachial artery. In the intensive group, dilation of the brachial artery was lower than that of the control group 24 hours after treatment; however, six months later, dilation in the intensive group was notably higher.

This is a breakthrough in that Tonettis experiment was the first to show the link between oral and cardiovascular health. A similar inquiry by Captain G. Todd Smith, DDS, MSD, in the Indian Health Service is looking for a connection between gum disease and other diseases, like diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and low birth weight infants. The results expand a growing body of evidence proving that a healthy mouth and teeth are integral parts of a healthy body.

Abstract of Tonettis article in the New England Journal of Medicine