Accelerated Aging? Chronic Pain?
It is NOT Bad Genes, Bad Germs or Bad Luck!
|The US spends a higher percent of GDP on health care than any other country in the world. You’d think that would buy Americans the highest quality care. Yet according to the World Health Organization, we rank 37th out of 191 nations – just below Dominica and Costa Rica.||
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Dentistry needs a new direction. The mouth seems to be the epicenter of a growing inventory of diseases. Reverberations can be subtle or catastrophic – and sometimes hard to pin down. They go far beyond what most people know of the role bleeding gums play in influencing and reflecting the cascade of inflammatory diseases tied to poor oral health.
Solutions are more elusive, but often they exist and are more effective, economical, and less invasive than traditional medical answers. They lead to a far higher quality of life. You owe it to yourself – and more so to your children – to know more, then do better.
WAKE UP: The Problems of a Sleepy Child; The Silent Airway Problem. Watch this incredible story and how sleep apnea, snoring and other sleep issues can affect a child. And of course you can read more in Mouth Matters.
You are also key to the change you want to see. You can bemoan the role moneyed interests play in healthcare delivery around the world, or you can take charge and ask for more when your personal efforts are not enough. It is likely you will have to seek it from a variety of knowledgeable practitioners working collaboratively for your benefit. It may well involve travel to seek more enlightened and trained practitioners.
Do not accept the disease care/rescue system we call healthcare in this country. Though many do, its symptom-driven, simplistic approach will never meaningfully “cure” cancers or subdue the inflammation-driven diseases plaguing us.
Your body is incredibly resilient. It evolved to mend and remodel itself. Once you know how to “work its switches” – provide the essential nutrients and remove blocks to health – the body can usually heal itself. Restoring health from the inside out is the heart of true medicine.
Mouth Matters and this site aim to give you information, tools and resources to understand the relationship between your oral health and physical well-being in your quest for optimal health and wellness.
Though Mouth Matters discusses biofilms, commonly called plaque, not everyone has had the opportunity to see their formation under a microscope. The following video should help motivate people to manage their health, thus influence biofilm formation.
It isn’t individual oral microbes we should worry about. It is when they coalesce into biofilms on teeth that they become a concern. Dental plaques are half microbes, half protective slimy matrix. Within them bacteria become social, learn to work together, protect each other, and act in ways never imagined in the name of group survival. The bacteria share nutrients and defenses to protect and feed the community’s interior. At this stage, they are impenetrable and therefore resistant to detergents, antibiotics, and the body’s defenses. This is one reason ozone needs to play a bigger role in oral prevention and repair.
 Problems linked to inflammation-based oral conditions include chronic heart disease (CVD), stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, pregnancy complications and meningitis. Oral conditions also influence autoimmune disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) and lupus; neurological problems such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s; and “enigmatic” illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue (CFS) and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS).
 Periodontal (gum) disease and caries (cavities) are the first and most obvious signs of a body in trouble. These proverbial “canaries in a coal mine” warn of rampant, chronic inflammation throughout the whole body. Would you still ignore your bleeding gums if you knew you might be losing your eyesight, kidney function, or the ability to have a strong sexual response as well?