Knee Bone Connected to the Thigh Bone
Humans today have been disassembled into various body parts and organs. Often we are referred to a specialist to fix a heart, a hand, a kidney or some other malfunctioning organ. As I only allow a Lexus specialist to fix my car, why shouldn’t I find a specialist to fix my stomach or liver? The truth is we are not composed of separate parts. Every cell is connected to every other cell by our nervous system, circulatory system and endocrine system. We are a wonderfully integrated collection of skin and bone and a confusing array of organs.
Medical research proves conclusively our head is connected to the rest of us. It is the portal that takes in fuel which makes us go… or not go. There is compelling research demonstrating that many organ malfunctions are mouth related. For example, gum disease may initiate or worsen diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, osteoporosis and childbirth abnormalities. The Journal of Sexual Medicine indicates that gum disease decreases an enzyme that regulates blood flow which can result in male erectile dysfunction. The British Medical Journal reports that rarely brushing your teeth increases the risk of heart attacks by 70% versus brushing twice daily. An infected mouth will destroy bone and create a blood-born gateway inflaming our entire body. Mouth bugs have been found in heart, lung and brain tissue, the latter increasing the risk of dementia. Research proves inflammation is the source of most degenerative disease as well as organ failure. Blood vessels in our mouth travel to all parts of our world, distributing mouth bugs and inflammation to distant shores. Since going headless is impractical as well as unattractive, keeping the center of our head clean is a good move.
It’s rare that a day goes by that I don’t spend time counseling patients on nutrition. Often it’s in reference to something other than a mouth problem. But I know most everything I recommend for some distant organ will eventually improve the health of their mouth as well. Of course the primary focus should be to “drain the swamp”; that is to keep the mouth exceptionally clean. This means using an inexpensive automatic brush with xylitol toothpaste (or straight xylitol) and consciously scrubbing each tooth individually and then flushing out debris from between the teeth with a Water Flosser (90% better than flossing). This last step would put most dentists out of business. Avoid mouthwash because it will also kill good bacteria upsetting the mouth’s chemistry, causing other complications. Taking the four major antioxidants: CoQ10, Alpha lipoic acid, vitamin C, vitamin D3, and natural vitamin E along with a good multivitamin (not synthetic Centrum) will neutralize some of the free radicals from the trash we eat. Avoiding fried food is a good move since it is the prime causes of inflammation throughout the body. Okay, I know I’ve lost the majority of my readers with that last statement. Just remember, if you want to look good, brush your front teeth. If you want to smell good, brush your back teeth.
Stay well, Dr. Bill Ardito, D.D.S. – Sunshine Dentistry AZ