Do Floss and Fluoride Prevent Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

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Floss and Fluoride Do They Really Work

I am a great believer in the truth and telling my patients the facts so they can make an informed choice so we understand the biological impact of dentistry on the body and focus on creating health. We do this by removing burdens – burden of infection, burden of toxins or poisons, the burden of bad oral health. We want you to achieve optimum oral health.

You can’t have optimum oral health with a piece of string. Flossing helps but it will only remove the bugs on the surface of your tooth and the superficial layers of your gums – the bugs that cause gum disease are swimming in the fluids deeper down and inside your gums and floss will not remove or affect that. So you have to knock the stuff off the teeth first then flush it out of the gums.

Oral health and Systemic Health

Its not just problems in your mouth, poor oral health creates a build up of harmful bacteria in your gums which also seeds into the rest of the body and impacts on our whole health.

2000 years ago Hippocrates said show me the health of a man’s mouth and I will show you the health of his body.

We are looking inside the body when we are looking inside the mouth – if there is infection there, inflammation, bad breath (from sulphur groups coming out of the broken down tissues) – these things help us to tell you about the health of your body.

The good thing is you can improve upon this by getting rid of the bad bacteria that accumulate in mouth and gums by having a proper dental cleaning where we disinfect the gums first, otherwise we are sending a whole army of bacteria into the bloodstream. It’s important that you learn how to disinfect your mouth at home too.

Systemic Health, Dental Care and Gut Bugs

Systemic health is from the mouth on, the mouth is the start of your digestive track and helps keep the good bacteria healthy to repress the bad bacteria. Many things like your diet, taking antibiotics and even mercury fillings knock out your good oral and gut bacteria. So the key is not to kill the good guys but to encourage them to grown right to ensure the balance of health in your gut by taking proper care of them.

When you gut is inflamed you whole body becomes inflamed leading to chronic pain, brain fogs, immune disorders and chronic fatigue so its really important that we take a look what is going on in the mouth and get this healthy as well as addressing the rest of the body.

Setting Up Good Oral Health

Good oral health starts from childhood – children do not have the manual dexterity to clean their teeth so parents need to take an active role in cleaning their teeth just like you do when you take care of cleaning everything else for your child like when you bathe them or help them after a trip to the toilet. You need to help them do the same for their mouth – if they can’t tie shoelaces on their own they cannot brush their teeth properly yet.

What You Eat and Dental Health

Correct diet is essential to prevent tooth decay, poor diet leads to poor bacteria and therefore increases risk of cavities in your teeth. Eat real food, feed yourself and your kids a good diet, get some vitamin D from being in the sun and get plenty of antioxidants and minerals from your diet and suppress those bad bugs by avoiding sugar.

Fluoride Its Not The Magic Bullet

Fluoride is an unapproved drug and dentistry is promoting it, which I believe is an inapporpriate way for a profession for behave. So what is the driving force behind pushing fluoride – the ADA has seal of approval for it, they are patented so they get a share from it, fluoride is rat poison – it kills whatever it comes into contact with, so lets put happy faces on the toothpastes and pretend its good for you!

Fluoride is a by product form many industrial processes and it leaks out of cement plants, brick plants, and from the phosphate feriliser industry. When fluoride leaks it damages crops and cattle so by law these industries can’t dispose of it and end up with a pile of left over fluoride waste and it is this raw untreated waste goes into the water supply.

Waste called fluoride comes from countries like China, Mexico, and Japan who sell it to us because they have stringent policies around not disposing of it in the water but they are happy to sell it to us so we can use it to support a fake oral health policy!

Half a million tons of fluoride is used in the water supply in the USA and millions of dollars have been spent on promoting it as great so we believe that. But where is the science – there is no statistically significant difference in rates of tooth decay whether the water is fluoridated or not.

Fluoride causes dental fluorosis, poorly developed teeth and hip fractures. There are studies also showing reduction in IQ due to neurological damage from ingesting fluoride. So it’s a fake program – it does not reduce tooth decay, it has also never been tested for safety. Fluoride causes blood levels of lead to increase in the population. This policy is not supporting our health needs or oral health – it promotes disposal of hazardous waste.

What Can A Holistic Dentist Do To Help Health

As a dentist I can’t fix things that bad oral health causes but I can fix the infection and disease in your mouth and support you to prevent it but you need a good medical team working together to address your health symptoms via using the science of the body to figure out what is going on, why and then how to heal it.

For example if you have a thorn in your foot it can’t heal, we have to remove that thorn and help your body to heal.

So we need to remove infection and inflammation from your mouth and the source of it such as tartar build up or an abscessed tooth and get your mouth and body well so you can live a long and healthy life.

After all we are here to Fill Years Not Teeth – contact us today to find out how we can help you have a long, healthy and vital life 07 3720 1811

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Learn how to exceed patients’ expectations

Some dentists find certain non-clinical aspects of dentistry less rewarding than delivering actual patient care. Given the choice, they might prefer performing even the most basic procedures instead of completing paperwork, booking appointments and collecting payments.

Screen Shot 2016-11-02 at 10.10.46 AMYet, those basic activities are critical elements in ensuring that each patient has a positive experience every time he or she visits your practice.

Through an upcoming webinar, Is Your Practice Exceeding Patient Expectations? How to Manage Patients for Success, participants can gain a better understanding of each person’s role in providing patients with memorable care.

“It’s important for every member of the practice team to recognize that they have an effect on each patient’s experience,” said Dr. Terry G. O’Toole, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice. “Every contact has the potential to be special, and every interaction can demonstrate the practice’s commitment to delivering exceptional service to every patient, every time.”

The webinar, sponsored by the ADA Council on Dental Practice, is scheduled for Oct. 26 from noon to 1 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Participants will earn one hour of continuing education for the program.

Topics covered in the program include recognizing how proper patient management procedures can make the practice a happier place for patients and for the dentist and the team; implementing techniques and protocols to enhance patient care; and motivating everyone on the team to improve patient management and enhance the patient experience.

Register for the webinar here.

This program is the second in a series of webinars based on different modules of the ADA’s Guidelines for Practice Success, a series of practice management resources available free online to members at ADA.org/gps.

The webinar will be presented by Dr. William van Dyk, who practices general dentistry in San Pablo, CA, and teaches in the department of Dental Practice at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Dr. van Dyk has lectured on practice management issues since 1985. He served on the ADA Council on Dental Practice and was instrumental in the development of the ADA Success Seminar Series that has been giving dental students real life information on the business of dental practice for more than 30 years.

Additional online resources available through the Guidelines for Practice Success series include modules on Managing Marketing, Managing the Dental Team, Managing the Regulatory Environment and Managing Finances. Each resource is available free online to members by searching ADA.org/GPS, and print editions may be ordered through the ADA Catalog.

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Dentists Need To Focus on Health Not Teeth

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Dentists and Their Role In Optimum Oral Health

I am a great believer in the truth and telling my patients the facts so they can make an informed choice so we understand the biological impact of dentistry on the body and focus on creating health. We do this by removing burdens – burden of infection, burden of toxins or poisons, the burden of bad oral health. We want you to achieve optimum oral health.

You can’t have optimum oral health with a piece of string. Flossing helps but it will only remove the bugs on the surface of your tooth and the superficial layers of your gums – the bugs that cause gum disease are swimming in the fluids deeper down and inside your gums and floss will not remove or affect that. So you have to knock the stuff off the teeth first then flush it out of the gums.

Oral Health and Systemic Health

Its not just problems in your mouth it also seeds into the rest of the body and impacts on our whole health.

2000 ago Hippocrates said show me the health of a man’s mouth and I will show you the health of his body. You’re looking inside the body when you are looking inside the mouth – if there is infection there, inflammation, bad breath, which is sulphur groups coming out of the broken down tissues – these things help us to tell you about the health of your body. The good thing is you can improve upon this by getting rid of the bad bacteria that accumulate in there by having a proper dental cleaning where we disinfect the gums first, otherwise we are sending a whole army of bacteria into the bloodstream. It’s important that you learn how to disinfect your mouth at home too.

Mouth Bacteria and Your Health

Systemic health is from the mouth on, the mouth is the start of your digestive track and helps keep the good bacteria healthy to repress the bad bacteria. Many things like your diet, taking antibiotics and even mercury fillings knock out your good oral and gut bacteria. So they key is not to kill the good guys but to encourage them to grown right to ensure the balance of health in your gut by taking proper care of them.

When you gut is inflamed you whole body becomes inflamed leading to chronic pain, brain fogs, immune disorders and chronic fatigue so its really important that we take a look what is going on in the mouth and get this healthy as well as addressing the rest of the body.

Its starts from childhood – children do not have the manual dexterity to clean their teeth so parents need to take an active role in cleaning their teeth just like you do when you take care of cleaning everything else for them like when you bathe them or help them after a trip to the toilet. You need to help them do the same for their mouth – if they can’t tie shoelaces on their own they cannot brush their teeth properly.

Diet and Mouth Health

Correct diet is essential to prevent tooth decay, poor diet leads to poor bacteria and therefore increases risk of cavities in your teeth. Eat real food, feed yourself and your kids a good diet, get some vitamin D from being in the sun and get plenty of antioxidants and minerals from your diet and suppress those bad bugs by avoiding sugar.

Fluoride and Dental Decay

Fluoride is an unapproved drug and dentistry is promoting it, which I believe is an inapporpriate way for a profession for behave. So what is the driving force behind pushing fluoride – ADA has seal of approval of it, they are patented so they get a share from it, fluoride is rat poison – it kills whatever it comes into contact with, so lets put happy faces on the toothpastes.

Fluoride leaks out of cement plants, brick plants, and from the phosphate feriliser industry and it damages crops and cattle so they can’t dispose of it and end with a pile of it left over and this raw untreated waste goes into the water supply.

Waste called fluoride comes from countries like China, Mexico, and Japan who sell it to us because they have stringent policies around not disposing of it in the water but they are happy to sell it to us so we can use it to support a fake oral health policy!

Half a million tons of fluoride is used in the water supply in the USA and millions of dollars have been spent on promoting it as great so we believe that. But where is the science – there is no statistically significant difference in rates of tooth decay whether the water is fluoridated or not.

It does cause dental fluorosis, poorly developed teeth and hip fractures. There are studies also showing reduction in IQ due to neurological damage from ingesting fluoride. So it’s a fake program and it causes blood levels of lead to increase in the population. This policy is not supporting our health needs or oral health – it promotes disposal of hazardous waste.

Support To Prevent Dental Disease

I can’t fix things that bad oral health causes but I can fix the infection and disease in your mouth and support you to prevent it but you need a good medical team working together to address your health symptoms via using the science of the body to figure out what is going on, why and then how to heal it.

For example if you have a thorn in your foot it can’t heal, we have to remove that thorn and help your body to heal. So we need to remove infection and inflammation from your mouth and the source of it such as tartar build up or an abscessed tooth and get your mouth and body well so you can live a long and healthy life. After all we are here to Fill Years Not Teeth!

Call us to book an appointment to find out how we can support you to have better health

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The Dangers of Dentistry – Fluoride, Mercury and Disease

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Dangers of Dentistry – Health Centered Dentistry

So much of what I learnt in dental school was wrong. I was taught that mercury is locked up once mixed in amalgam fillings and doesn’t leak out, I was taught that fluoride prevented tooth decay by making enamel harder, I was taught that surgery was the only way to treat advanced gum disease, that root canals were safe and so on. As time has gone on I’ve come to understand that everything I was taught at dental school was wrong – mercury comes off every amalgam filling ever made, fluoride makes the bacteria in your mouth sick and it makes you sick too, bad bacteria in your mouth are responsible for gum disease and if we change the bacterial make up by exposing them to oxygen they die. We need to understand the toxicology of dentistry and how that impacts on your body and health and when we look at dentistry that way, what I was told in dental school was wrong.

Gum Infections and Gum Disease

You can stop gum infections they are totally controllable, tooth decay is an infection it’s not caused by a lack of fluoride it’s caused by diet and bacterial build up. What can kill these germs – ozone and iodine will kill these bacteria and disinfect your gums without harming you so you can have healthy teeth all of your life but for this to be effective you have to take responsibility for how you care for you everyday.

Infections from teeth and gums when not treated spread through your blood stream and infect the rest of your body; gum disease causes inflammation throughout your body. Inflammation prematurely ages your body. Fluoride causes inflammation. Brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste everyday means your gums will become inflamed bringing white blood cells to the surface, which allows parasites, and bugs that are associated with gum disease to move into your gum tissue.

The plan is to kill those germs and make them go away not do surgery on the gums.

Why Aren’t More Dentists Working Holistically

There is well-grounded scientific literature to support this information and why we work holistically. So why doesn’t dentistry adopt these practices?

For example we as a profession still use and teach our new graduates to use amalgam even though it is well known that they contain mercury and that mercury leaks out of the filling and into the rest of the body. We know mercury is a poison and is highly toxic heavy metal with no safe exposure limit, so why do dentists still use it? The fundamental reason why we still have amalgam in use is because we call them silver fillings, it’s because we call mercury silver. It is not silver it is silver coloured so lets stop deceiving our patients and call them what they are – mercury fillings.

Now if I asked you would you like me to fill your tooth with a mercury filling would you be happy to have one? Let’s face it to place a silver filling we have to mutilate your tooth by drilling away far more tooth structure than is affected by tooth decay as the mercury filling has to be wedged into a specifically shaped hole otherwise it would fall straight out as it does not stick to your tooth. This means we have to drill deeper and wider to undercut your tooth and make a wedge shape to hold the filling in so the hole is made is wider at the base than at the top. This means taking away healthy to tooth to make the silver mercury filling work.

Mercury leaks to every organ in your body.

Controlled By The Dental Associations 

There is organization that has a strangle hold on the dental profession, they control you being able to get your dental license and so if you are mercury free and other dentists complain about you and attack the high profile holistic dentist there is the threat that they can take your license away. So there is a fear factor being instilled that if you practice holistically you will loose your license and never practice again – this sends a message to tow the party line

The dental associations hold a lot of sway over the Universities and what they teach (particularly in the USA), when the NYU school of dentistry tried to stop teaching its students to use mercury fillings the ADA threatened to take away its accreditation if they stopped teaching mercury.

The ADA has 35 members on the dental division of the Centre for Disease Control who’s only answer to dental decay is to promote adding silicofluoride to the water supply which does nothing for oral health. In fact it damages the enamel – seen as mottling of the teeth called fluorosis of the babies who are drinking it. The silicofluoride comes form China, Mexico, Japan etc. It is a fake program that is funded with mega dollars annually with grants to the water companies because they are being told it is the only way to prevent tooth decay – but what we have been told is wrong.

Do you think that it is ok for the accreditation arm to also be the advisory arm of a profession? Do you not think that regulation should come independently from outside from a group with no vested interests? Perhaps if you knew that the American Dental Association held patents for mercury fillings and at the same time was mandating that dental schools keep teaching dentists to use it and were threatening to take your license if you don’t that that smacks of unilateral control and vested interest. But that is exactly what is happening.

Imagine that happening in other industries or trade associations for example you have the cement trade association accrediting engineers – everything would be made from concrete.

The American Dental Association was dismissed from a lawsuit in California because they argued in court that they owe no duty of care to the public they are representative of the profession and hence they can very much do as they please.

What They Didn’t Teach Me In Dental School – Fluoride is a Poison 

Here’s something I learned through experience and wasn’t taught at dental school – its common practice to do what’s called a fluoride treatment at regular dental checks especially on children. So on the kids department during our training we were expected to do this on every child that we saw. So you fill these mouth trays that cover the teeth with a gel of concentrated fluoride and place it over the teeth and leave it there for a couple of minutes. Well I lost count of how many time kids would pull the trays out and vomit into the sink during or after the treatment. In my mind I had already put 2 and 2 together that the fluoride in the gel was making these kids loose the contents of their stomach and I didn’t think that this was a particularly good thing for them or for me as I was the one left with an upset child and a bowl full of chunks to clean up. (Welcome to the glamorous side of dentistry folks). But what I didn’t know was why they were being sick it was never discussed as part of our training. But I knew something was up and I didn’t want any more vomit incidents and decided I would not do fluoride trays for my patients. Once I graduated I was able to get my hands on a material safety data sheet for fluoride gel and one of its side effects is that if you absorbed too much of it through the tissues of your mouth it will cause nausea. Oh really go figure.

Children can die if they ingest too much fluoride as they get poisoned from it but we are not taught as dentists that it is toxic. Yet fluoride has similar toxicity to lead and arsenic – would you brush your teeth with arsenic toothpaste if I recommended it even if it did reduce tooth decay? It hasn’t be approved and its ok so long as you spit it out. This is no different to fluoride toothpaste you need to spit it out so you don’t get too much fluoride going into your system. However kids can’t spit out properly so they end up swallowing it every time they use it. Even older kids can’t mange to spit it all out. There is a lethal dose of fluoride in a tube of toothpaste for a 20kg child – if they decide to eat that tube of toothpaste in one go it can kill them. So you must get them to hospital immediately for IV calcium, iodine and vitamin C.

How Can Dentists Protect Your Health

How can we as dentists protect your health especially when everything we got taught at dental school is wrong? Well I have been fortunate enough to have access to some great books written by holistic dentists and to have access to meetings and training materials from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology which is a scientific branch who are responsible for investigating the impact of dental techniques and materials on the health of the body. Through this I have developed and widened my understanding and become SMART certified which means I am certified in the safe removal of mercury fillings. So IAOMT is based on scientific evidence that has turned the dental teaching and my training on its head.

I am a great believer in the truth and telling my patients the facts so they can make an informed choice so we understand the biological impact of dentistry on the body and focus on creating health. We do this by removing burdens – burden of infection, burden of toxins or poisons, the burden of bad oral health. We want you to achieve optimum oral health.

If you would like a dentist that cares about your health as well as your smile call us to find out more 07 3720 1811

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How To Eat For Healthy Teeth and To Prevent Tooth Decay

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How To Eat To Prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is an infection of the tooth. Your teeth are the hardest things in the human body and yet tooth decay can turn your tooth to soft squidgy mush.

We are told tooth decay is caused by eating too much sugar that feeds the decay bacteria in your mouth making them produce bacteria that dissolves your tooth enamel and then the insides of your tooth.

Part of how susceptible you are to this process depends on how well the tooth protein scaffolding and matrix developed and was calcified into a hard crystalline structure.

Tooth decay occurs when tooth brushing and flossing is inadequate. Brushing and flossing physically remove the bacteria form your teeth known as plaque. This means we are responsible for controlling the environment in the mouth and preventing tooth decay.

But tooth decay is not this simplistic as there is more to it than brush, floss and don’t eat sugar. There are other factors that contribute to tooth decay.

Dentinal Fluid Flow and What Causes Tooth Decay

One aspect is the flow of fluid in your teeth.  A healthy tooth is like a closed high pressure system and during experiments in the 1960’s conducted by Dr Ralph Steinman of Loma Linda School of dentistry it was found that the fluid or lymph (like that that flows in your lymphatic system) inside the tooth from the pulp chamber, or the inner part of the tooth that contains your blood supply and nerves, migrated under pressure to the outside of the tooth. So there is a flow of fluid coming in through the tip of the tooth root, and passing inside the tooth to the surface like sweat coming through the skin. This fluid comes out of the tooth where it is attached to the ligament in your mouth that holds it in place in your jawbone.

As long as there is a positive fluid pressure from the inside to the outside bacteria from the mouth cannot enter and live in the microscopic tubes in the tooth.

However, during those experiments it was discovered that when you eat sugar this fluid pump is reversed and begins to act like a suction pump allowing bacteria to enter and drawing them into the tooth.

This mechanism is under the control of a parotid hormone in the salivary glands, which is the gatekeeper for the direction of flow of fluid in the teeth. This is called the dentinal fluid flow theory of decay.

What You Eat Affects Your Gut and Immune System

What you eat not only affects your teeth and the fluid flow; it also affects your gut and the bacteria that live in it. The majority of bacteria in our mouth and gut are good bacteria that are designed to work with our body, support the immune system and defend us from bad harmful bacteria and microorganisms like yeasts.

If we feed our bacteria the wrong foods the harmful bad bacteria will overgrow causing inflammation and poor immune response, and damage to the gut wall allowing partially digested food and toxins to escape from the gut and into the body. This is known as leaky gut syndrome.

Sugar Upsets Your Gut Bacteria

When you gut is not right, you are not right. For your teeth and gut to be healthy the most important thing is to avoid sugar in all its forms so as not to reverse that fluid pump in your teeth and draw tooth decay causing bacteria into your teeth. 

Sugar and processed grains and refined foods disturb the balance of your healthy bacteria, are pro-inflammatory (they cause inflammation) and weaken your immune response. They will also increase your tenancy toward insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome and obesity, which are all factors in diabetes, poor cardiovascular health, increased risk of dementia and cancers. 

How To Eat For Healthy Teeth and To Prevent Tooth Decay

Now I’m going to give you an overview of what eating for health looks like, this is not about controlling calories or trying to loose weight but about providing optimal nutrition to your body with a diet that is nourishing, satiating and anti-inflammatory. By eating the way nature intended you keep your blood sugars, weight and bacteria in check without the effort of dieting or extreme exercise.

Eat as close to nature as you can, include a wide variety of vegetables especially the leafy greens. Have a rainbow on your plate eat foods that have a range of colours on your plate. Not only do they contain antioxidants and great nutrients they look appetizing and that stimulates our body ready for the digestive process. Your mouth and your teeth are the first step in digestion as they break down the food and introduce digestive enzymes before the food gets swallowed and hits your stomach.

When we eat we need to feed our brain although it is only 2-3 percent of body weight it consumes around 25 percent of our energy. Interestingly our gut is called the second brain as it contains a huge complex of nerve endings that signal our brain more than it signals the gut. This is called the gut-brain connection and we are feeding it directly when we eat. We are also feeding the bacteria and microorganisms that reside in our gut before we feed ourselves.

Eat Alkaline, Primitive and Colourful

I’m not going to go into all the different myriads of diet types that are out there but give you an overview of some principles to apply to your food choices. 

This simplest way to think about this is to eat foods that are primitive (as nature intended), alkaline, colourful and where you can organic.

These principles will help to prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes and many more illnesses. They will help you maintain a healthy weight to feel vibrant and alive well into old age.

Eating primitive means eating less processed and packaged foods and snacks like potato chips and sweets. It means eating more food that comes straight from the farm to the table. It’s about eating real food not manufactured and manmade. So this includes meats, fish, vegetables and seasonal fruit.

Eating alkaline means keeping a good balance between acidic foods which are animal based foods and alkaline or plant based foods. We are designed to be alkaline with the pH inside our cells at about 7.3-7.5. Consuming alkaline foods reduces inflammation in your blood and your body. 

Tooth decay occurs in an acidic environment and if your body and saliva are not kept alkaline enough your teeth will rot. Foods that contain lots of minerals like calcium and magnesium will help alkalise your body and your mouth so don’t skimp on those green leafy veg and nuts and seeds. 

Eating colourful means choosing foods that are naturally green, red, yellow, orange and purple for at least 6 servings a day. This provides important minerals, vitamins and antioxidants for your body without you resorting to supplements. They also provide fiber, which is essential for good gut health. You need vitamin A, C and E from your vegetables for healthy teeth and gums.

Eating organic foods means avoiding pesticides and toxins and GMO foods. Research has shown that our bodies do not know how to process or cope with these substances. For example we now have wheat that has been developed for fast growth and to be insect and pest resistant but because of that it now contains mega quantities of gluten which we are not designed to deal with in our guts and hence one of the reasons we are seeing the huge increase in people with gluten intolerance.

How To Change Your Eating Habits The Easy Way

The easiest way to change your eating habits is to shop and buy foods only from the perimeter of the supermarket or food stores as this is where the majority of fresh produce is. Avoid those middle aisles where all the processed foods are in packets, boxes and cans.

Don’t Forget Your Minerals

What else do you need to eat for healthy teeth; you need fat-soluble vitamins A and K2, plus vitamin D and calcium.

Calcium is best obtained from your diet and not in the form of supplements as these cannot replace the lack of calcium in your diet because they actually contain the wrong form of calcium to be utilised and absorbed correctly by the body. In fact there are schools of though that say we are having too much calcium in our food and that this is resulting in illness. And drinking milk is not the source of calcium we think it is because the calcium in it is not readily absorbed into the body, as it is actually insoluble.

The best way to get the calcium your teeth and bones need is to eat lots of green vegetables like kale, broccoli, bok choy and Asian greens. Proteins such as sardines, salmon and almonds are also great sources of calcium and so are figs and oranges when they are in season.

Now the key to optimal nutrition and being able to utilise these foods with their abundance of nutrients is that our digestion needs to be firing on all cylinders.

Digestion, Saliva, Teeth and Chewing Well

Digestion begins in the mouth, so what we put in our mouth and the health of our mouth affects how our food is digested. Remember that your immune system relies on you having a healthy gut. 70 percent of your immune system function develops in your gut, and your mouth is the beginning of your gut.

The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion by breaking down starches and wetting your food to make it moist. Your teeth chew the food to break it down so there is more surface area for your digestive enzymes in your stomach and intestines to work on. Chewing also releases products that boost our immune system response. When you teeth are damaged, missing or you have a poor misaligned bite it effects how well you can digest your food because you can’t chew properly and your food doesn’t get adequately broken down. The same is true if you wolf your food and don’t chew it enough. When you lose teeth your bite drifts and shifts and because of this the remaining teeth just aren’t as efficient.

Yes we can live without teeth but it comes at a price. You get fewer nutrients that are readily available for your gut to absorb because you can’t chew and break your food down effectively in the mouth.

Chewing also signals your nervous and hormonal systems, instructing the liver to produce bile and your stomach to produce acid both are which are needed to break down and absorb the goodness from your diet.

You can optimise digestion by limiting or excluding drinking fluids while you eat so as to not dilute your stomach acids. You need to adequately chew your food to mix in your saliva and turn the food into a slushy paste that is easily swallowed and more able to be digested. Stomach acids further break down the slushy food and allow it to be processed and absorbed through the small intestine.

Drinking while eating can interfere with the levels and activity of stomach acid and bile. Bile emulsifies the fats in our diet. And just a point of note here eating fats do not make you fat – you need fats to survive and to be able to absorb and transport fat soluble vitamins. Low fat diets can actually contribute to illness.

Drinking fluids while eating slows your digestive processes down, allowing for the build up of toxic waste even if you are having a really healthy diet. It’s recommended to drink water more than 30 minutes before and after you eat to help your digestion.

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome is a condition where you intestines become more permeable; the cells that line the intestinal wall aren’t joined together well. This allows larger molecules of undigested food and toxic substances to leak into your blood stream. These trigger your white blood cells to multiple to fight what they perceive to be an infection in your blood. This ramps up and stresses your immune system to the point where it becomes exhausted and is not able to fight other types of infections.

It puts your entire body into a perpetual fight or flight mode, which stresses all your vital organs. 

This can be avoided by having sound healthy teeth and gums with a balance of chewing forces so that the foods are chewed well and mixed properly with saliva for optimal use in the body. It is also important to have a good flow of quality saliva to support this and unfortunately due to excess inflammation or if we are on certain types of medication like anti-depressants the saliva flow and quality is compromised. This can be combated with saliva stimulating products to protect the teeth from being more prone to decay and also to support your digestive processes.

Gluten and Gut Inflammation

One of the main causes of gut inflammation for many people is gluten. Gluten causes your gut cells to release a protein zonulin that breaks apart the cell junctions of the intestinal lining causing inflammation.

Infections, stress, age and a build up of toxins can also cause these tight cell junctions to break apart and cause leaky gut.

Toxins

Toxins are a big problem and removing them from your system is a good way to rebalance your body. Your body becomes weaker as it encounters molecules it wasn’t designed to handle. These molecules include toxins you eat in your food like steroids, antibiotics, hormones and GMOs.

We are exposed to toxins in the environment that are locked into are body like arsenic, lead, mercury, aldehydes, carbon dioxide and airbourne particles.

Removing toxins from your bloodstream especially heavy metals can be done through a process known as chelation. A chelate is a chemical compound that contains at least one metal ion attached to two nonmetal ones. It’s a natural process that removes the metal toxins from your system. Your body is designed to both produce toxins as byproducts of cell metabolism and also the chelates needed to mop them up. But if there are too many toxins or the innate mechanisms of detoxification are not working well then extra help in the form of chelation is needed.

There are products like zeolites that can be used to help remove and shift mercury for example, as using these can cause an array of challenging systemic symptoms I advise you seek the services of a skilled practitioner to support and direct your detoxification and chelation program.

As I mentioned early we have what is considered to be a second brain in our gut that is created by the massive volume of bacteria that live there and also a vast network of nerve cells. The bacteria are called are human microbiome – a sophisticated and helpful population of bacteria that communicates with our body and vice-versa via the millions of nerves and neurons in our gut which help control muscle movement and the secretion of hormones and enzymes. 

The microbiome is also present in the mouth since it is the start point of the gut. This microbiome is so intertwined with our existence and wellbeing it is no wonder it has been stated that our health begins in the gut.

Acid Alkaline Balance For Healthy Bacteria

To sustain healthy gut bacteria (and that includes the ones in the mouth) we need to balance the pH of our system. When there is a pH imbalance the microbiome goes out of balance and can lead to an overgrowth of Candida, a yeast that is responsible for bloating and a whole host of symptoms associated with leaky gut.

In the mouth this pH imbalance allows bad bacteria to take over which results in tooth decay and gum disease.

Imbalances occur when we don’t properly chew our food, drink too much fluid with our meals, eat the wrong foods like processed refined grains, gluten, sugar, coffee or alcohol. Antibiotics will also destroy our gut bacteria. The imbalance in pH robs the body of vital nutrients like minerals need for our body to function.

One of the paths to health is to eat to restore and retain the balance of our intestinal bacteria. This process can also be supported by the use of probiotics.

There is a fine balance between what we eat, our health and the prevention of disease and dental decay. By addressing our eating and reducing toxins we can go a long way to living a vital energised life and having less dental decay and gum disease.

It’s simply a choice to shift away from our modern unhealthy processed diet back to one that nature intended.

To prevent tooth decay and gum disease it is essential to have regular dental checks, call us now to book an appointment 07 3720 1811

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Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique

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How To Get Mercury Fillings Safely Removed

Mercury is a heavy metal, as dangerous as lead and arsenic, yet as dentists we are trained that it is perfectly safe when it is mixed to make up dental amalgam.

However, studies show that mercury evaporates as a vapour every time there is any heat or friction applied to the teeth or fillings. So just imagine every time your eat, have a hot meal or drink, brush your teeth, clench, grind or swallow, mercury is coming out of your filling as a gas. A gas that you breathe in.

The mercury is breathed into the lungs, transferred to the blood and from there into our cells. Mercury is able to enter the cells in our body and brain attaching to nerve tissue and the pituitary gland. Studies show that mercury released from amalgam fillings appears in the kidneys, brain, thyroid and wall of the intestines, just to mention a few.

An amalgam filling as small as 2mm by 2mm, releases around 15 micrograms of mercury per day through wear and evaporation.

The average person with eight amalgams could be absorbing 120 micrograms of mercury per day. So what? Well when you compare that to daily uptake of mercury from fish and seafood and environmental exposure of 2.6 micrograms per day, I’d consider it very significant. 

Mercury Release From Dental Fillings

Now contemplate that when you have an amalgam filling drilled at the dentist, the drill creates immense friction against the filling. That friction causes a massive increase in mercury vapour release while the filling is being worked on. Add to that all the bits of amalgam that end up in your mouth and you have to wonder how good for you and your health the process is. Not to mention the health of the dentist, their team and anyone else present in the treatment room at the time. 

Find A SMART Holistic Dentist

So if you a wanting to replace your amalgam mercury fillings find a holistic dentist and I mean a proper one that is SMART certified and knows what they are doing. SMART stands for safe mercury amalgam removal technique which protects you from unnecessary exposure to mercury and means the dentist understands and does what is needed to keep you safe and support you through the process. 

It’s important we don’t overly challenge your immune system by removing too many fillings in one session or by scheduling those sessions too closely together.

Amalgam Removal Assessment

So as a SMART certified holistic dentist here’s what I do after spending time to consult with you about your health and wellbeing I perform a thorough inspection of your mouth, teeth and gums including your bite and TMJ function. I ascertain how many amalgam fillings you have, their size and volume and position in your mouth. I also check for any cracks, decay, infections and active gum disease. I will take x-rays and photographs to support my diagnosis and to be able to formulate a treatment plan to improve your dental health and ensure we carefully plan your amalgam removal schedule. I will also recommend what you require to help your your body cope during the process via medical and nutritional support.

The Amalgam Removal Process

Like a conventional dentist I numb the teeth before I start and as a SMART certified and holistic dentist I apply a rubber dam to isolate the teeth I am working on, the dam acts as a physical barrier to prevent particles and lumps of amalgam from splattering into your mouth. It makes a good barrier but not a perfect water tight one to contain the debris that are generated during the removal process.

I fit you with a nasal hood that allows sterile, clean air to flow under positive pressure into your nose to ensure you are breathing a non-contaminated air supply.

Finally we position a large suction trunk from a specialised filtration machine called the IQ Air Hg Pro which vacuums up particles and mercury vapour so we do not breathe them in or have them contaminating the treatment room and those of us in there.

My dental assistant and I wear mercury respirator masks for our own safety and we have negative ion generators and filters running in the treatment room also.

Once we have you set and dressed I begin by removing the fillings in as large segments as is possible to limit the amount of small particles or breakdown debris of the filling material. Any decay that has formed around the filling is also removed during the process. During the drilling phase we place the large dental suction right next to your tooth and insert a smaller suction beneath the dam incase any mercury vapour is escaping through the junction of the dam to the tooth. 

Once the amalgam is removed the tooth is cleaned of any residual oxide of mercury that is left at the new edges. If this is not completely removed it hinders the bonding of the new filling to the tooth.

When I’m satisfied that I have removed all the amalgam from the tooth or teeth I’m working on I will take off the rubber dam and thoroughly rinse around the inside of your mouth with high pressure water and suction.

We also make sure we change our gloves and suction hose ends for clean ones before we place the new fillings in your teeth.

The tooth is restored with materials that are as non toxic and gentle on your body as possible and that will also give you the best longevity so that it has a reasonably long life. Bearing in mind that we want to choose materials that are non-metallic and immune system friendly.

Heavy Metal Mercury Detox

It’s important to help your body detox from the mercury you have been exposed to since the amalgam fillings were placed in your teeth. I encourage all my patients to take something with the support of other health care providers who can assess and monitor the heavy metal detoxification.

Removing Mercury Amalgams

Taking the amalgams out needs to be done in a considered and safe manner, ensuring that you, the dental team and the environment are not exposed to mercury. By using the correct safety equipment we can ensure that your fillings are replaced in the best possible way that supports you to detox effectively form the process. Its important then to support your body to detox with supplements and the correct nutrition to maximise the benefits of no longer having amalgam fillings drip feeding mercury into your body.

Not only will you have peace of mind knowing your metal fillings have been safely removed but you will have a healthy and natural looking smile again.

For Safe Mercury Removal and a full dental assessment please contact us Evolve Dental Healing now 07 3720 1811 

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How To Stop Gum Disease, Beyond Brushing and Flossing

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How To Prevent Gum Disease and Improve Your Health 

The traditional advice for prevention for gum disease is floss, brush, use mouthrinse and see your dentist twice a year. Yes I’m sure you’ve heard it before ad it is good advice, however it is only a part of the equation and I often ask myself as gum disease is linked to your systemic health, is this advice enough? 

I see patients who tell me they do all these things yet their gums still bleed and their gum health is worsening. Is it simply that they are really bad at cleaning their teeth, are they lying or is there something missing, something more they should be doing.

Lifestyle and Gum Disease

Our lifestyle plays a huge role in our health and overall wellbeing and also the health of our mouth. Just like you body your gums need to be cared for properly with the correct nutrition to support repair and regeneration and to boost and support your immune system and natural defenses.

Now when I say nutrition I mean eating real not processed foods so please don’t focus on calorie intake or weight loss diets here.

Chronic advanced gum disease and chronic disease go hand in hand so changing your diet can change your life as well as improve your quality of life and your lifespan.

Bleeding Gums Don’t Ignore The Warning Signs

Bleeding gums when you brush and floss is a red alert warning sign that you have a bacterial disease and inflammation in your mouth. At this point you should be thinking about why this is happening and be making changes to stop this from continuing.

But as humans we aren’t very good at listening to our body and making the required changes. Instead we wait until we get a diagnosis of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or worse cancer before we think about making a change in our lifestyle. Yet these conditions are linked to gum disease, so those bleeding gums are an early warning sign that your body is unhealthy and that worse things are to follow if you don’t start paying attention and do something about it.

So could you make changes to avoid and stop putting toxins in your body and start putting in the nutrients you need instead?

How Lifestyle Causes Gum Disease and Tooth Decay

There are things we are doing that activate bacteria to cause gum disease and tooth decay. If we can keep a balance between the good and bad bacteria in our mouths we will not get tooth decay or gum disease, its that simple. However if we have poor nutrition and are overly toxic there will be a shift in the bacteria levels in our mouth and gut, especially if we feed them processed grains and sugars. This means we get an increase of decay bacteria and the bacteria that cause gum disease, bacteria, which will spread into the blood and circulate through the body and create systemic disease.

Dentistry focuses on treating disease without asking why are you having these issues and getting to the underlying cause. Sadly there is no money in teaching you how to stay healthy so the focus of medicine is to treat your illness not to prevent you from getting it. I want to help you to stop and prevent dental disease so your mouth stays healthy once we have removed and treated the active disease you have when I first see you.

Can we as dentists and dental professionals teach you what you need to stay healthy – of course we can. I can show you how to care for your mouth and teach you what foods will support you to prevent gum disease and tooth decay and improve your overall health.

Gum Infections and Inflammation

Bleeding gums and systemic health issues go hand in hand, if your gums are unhealthy you have a gum infection that needs to be addressed. Otherwise you have active chronic disease spreading into your bloodstream without you having to do a thing and this is made worse when you chew, talk, brush your teeth you are forcing more bacteria into your body by stimulating the blood circulation around your teeth.

Bleeding Gums Are NOT OK!

Why is it that we (and even dentists) will say its ok its only bleeding a little bit its not that bad or that we think its normal for our gums to bleed when we brush. I’m telling you now it is not. Your gums should not bleed.

Imagine you took a nailbrush and scrubbed your nails and blood started to come out from around your nail would you be alarmed, worried and concerned and want to know how to make it stop? Of course you would so why do we not react or think the same when it comes to our gums. They are not supposed to bleed – that is a signal to you that something is wrong with you and your dentist should never tell you its ok its only bleeding a little bit.

This is crazy, bleeding gums are telling you that you have active disease and infection that is pouring into your bloodstream. This means you are a walking time bomb for systemic disease; there is infection something is going wrong with your gums that needs to be treated and treated properly.

How To Treat Bleeding Gums – Properly 

If the dental profession are only doing quick cleanings and not talking about food and lifestyle they are missing an opportunity to change peoples lives for the better and to help not only prevent tooth decay and gum disease but life threatening diseases too.

Gut Bacteria and Health

Your gut bacteria help control and support your immune system. If you eat incorrectly you mess up these bacteria and increase bad bacteria and cause inflammation in the gut that spreads to your blood stream. The same conditions that alter the balance of gut bacteria also affect your oral/mouth bacteria.

This change in gut and mouth bacteria balance can be reversed by eating more nutrient dense and anti-inflammatory foods like fresh vegetables, meat and fish and avoiding processed grains and sugars and processed seed oils.

Healthy living can and does make a huge difference to your health but if no one is telling you the link between gum disease, food and lifestyle and your overall health you are not being kept in the loop and being given the full picture. 

How To Prevent Gum Disease Making You Sick

What can you do to prevent your gums from killing you? Number one is to reduce pathogenic bad bacteria in your mouth and stop them spreading to your bloodstream from your mouth.

Just because something is labeled natural, healthy or organic doesn’t mean it is actually good for your health, those sticky muesli health bars for example are full of sugars that stick to your teeth and remains there fueling the harmful bacteria.

The answer is not to kill all the bacteria in the mouth; this would be like trying to take an antibiotic that harms your gut bacteria. Normal dental plaque is healthy, there are species of bacteria that are there to help protect you and your gums, these provide a way to neutralize acidity in mouth and fight pathogenic harmful bacteria as well supplying nutrients to help remineralise the tooth with the minerals from your saliva.

The problem is when your dental plaque becomes unhealthy because you are feeding it every time you eat with sugars in your diet at every meal or snack. This alters the balance of good and bad bacteria leading to a build up of plaque that attacks your teeth and gums.

Is Not About Removing Bacteria

The key is not to remove all the plaque but to reduce the bad ones and remove the build up that will cause damage to your gum health.

Dislodge the unhealthy bacteria by eating foods that keep the bad bacteria under control. Fresh fruit and vegetables that contain nitrates, when you eat these bacteria on the tongue convert the nitrates to nitrites which when swallowed convert to nitric oxide which helps manage blood pressure and as it is also an anti-inflammatory it helps maintain cardiovascular health and gum health. So we need to eat lots of plants to improve and support our health and our good bacteria.

It is also not a good idea to use mouthwashes that kill all your mouth bacteria we need to use a mouth rinse that supports the balance of your mouth bacteria to protect you to stay healthy, combat tooth decay and gum disease and prolong your life.

How To Keep Your Mouth Healthy

To keep your mouth healthy – remove unhealthy dental plaque by brushing into the gum space at a 45 degree angle, clean in between the teeth with floss and interdental brushes (like a little bottle brush to work in between the teeth), clean your tongue by using a proper tongue scraper as far back on the tongue as possible to the place that makes you gag then scrape forward from there several times to clean the bacteria and build up off your tongue.

Foods To Keep Your Mouth Healthy

But the real way to keep your mouth healthy is to eat the right foods and not eat the wrong foods; the most damaging foods are free sugars that are added to foods, fruit juice is concentrated sugar with no fiber or goodness that you get from the fruit. If you want something sweet use raw honey but do not heat it as it kills its natural biological activity that helps support health.

Food you need to eat – leafy green vegetables, nuts and seeds, meat and fish not processed grains like bread, crackers, pastas which are highly inflammatory to the gut and mouth which will lead to poor gum health and bone structure.

Eat fish like salmon sardines, shellfish, vitamin C foods like citrus, broccoli, berries, and get some Vitamin D via sun exposure without sunblock and without burning your skin, Vitamin D is crucial for overall health and dental health – cod liver oil, free range egg yolks are good sources of vitamin D, you also need lots of antioxidant foods again this comes from vegetables and berries, and healthy fiber from those fruits and vegetables. You want to be eating real food, as clean and organic as you can get to reduce chemical exposure. 

Gum Infection – Here’s What Needs To Happen

To treat active infection it needs to be taken care of by the dentist and dental hygienist, you can use essential oils to support the healing but at this stage I would not recommend use of a dental water pik until the gum health resolves because you don’t want to be forcing infection and bacteria deeper into the pockets.

Supplements such as vitamin C and Co-Q 10 will support healing but not treat the disease as the harmful plaque bacteria need to be removed and the bacterial balance in the mouth re-established through proper diet. 

Oil pulling cannot get into deep gum pockets, so even though coconut oil has antibacterial properties it can damage the healthy mouth bacteria if you do it for too long like the recommended 20 minutes, as just like a mouthwash it will kill off the good stuff too.

The aim is to allow the healthy bacteria to do their job by creating an environment where they can thrive and this comes from our lifestyle and oral care habits.

Preventing Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Preventing tooth decay, gum disease and systemic health conditions is possible if you are willing to make the changes required in your diet and switch from processed foods to eating real foods, getting regular sensible sun exposure, reducing stress and toxins, ensuring you have quality sleep and exercise.

Please don’t ignore those bleeding gums this is a sign of active disease and until this is treated you will have ongoing health issues even if you make the switch to a healthier lifestyle, I recommend taking a holistic approach and addressing all the underlying issues and removing the harmful bacterial build up form around the teeth and under the gums for significant and lasting benefits.

Call Evolve Dental Healing 07 3720 1811 to book an appointment and address your health issues.

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How To Stop Gum Disease, Beyond Brushing and Flossing

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How To Prevent Gum Disease and Improve Your Health 

The traditional advice for prevention for gum disease is floss, brush, use mouthrinse and see your dentist twice a year. Yes I’m sure you’ve heard it before ad it is good advice, however it is only a part of the equation and I often ask myself as gum disease is linked to your systemic health, is this advice enough? 

I see patients who tell me they do all these things yet their gums still bleed and their gum health is worsening. Is it simply that they are really bad at cleaning their teeth, are they lying or is there something missing, something more they should be doing.

Lifestyle and Gum Disease

Our lifestyle plays a huge role in our health and overall wellbeing and also the health of our mouth. Just like you body your gums need to be cared for properly with the correct nutrition to support repair and regeneration and to boost and support your immune system and natural defenses.

Now when I say nutrition I mean eating real not processed foods so please don’t focus on calorie intake or weight loss diets here.

Chronic advanced gum disease and chronic disease go hand in hand so changing your diet can change your life as well as improve your quality of life and your lifespan.

Bleeding Gums Don’t Ignore The Warning Signs

Bleeding gums when you brush and floss is a red alert warning sign that you have a bacterial disease and inflammation in your mouth. At this point you should be thinking about why this is happening and be making changes to stop this from continuing.

But as humans we aren’t very good at listening to our body and making the required changes. Instead we wait until we get a diagnosis of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or worse cancer before we think about making a change in our lifestyle. Yet these conditions are linked to gum disease, so those bleeding gums are an early warning sign that your body is unhealthy and that worse things are to follow if you don’t start paying attention and do something about it.

So could you make changes to avoid and stop putting toxins in your body and start putting in the nutrients you need instead?

How Lifestyle Causes Gum Disease and Tooth Decay

There are things we are doing that activate bacteria to cause gum disease and tooth decay. If we can keep a balance between the good and bad bacteria in our mouths we will not get tooth decay or gum disease, its that simple. However if we have poor nutrition and are overly toxic there will be a shift in the bacteria levels in our mouth and gut, especially if we feed them processed grains and sugars. This means we get an increase of decay bacteria and the bacteria that cause gum disease, bacteria, which will spread into the blood and circulate through the body and create systemic disease.

Dentistry focuses on treating disease without asking why are you having these issues and getting to the underlying cause. Sadly there is no money in teaching you how to stay healthy so the focus of medicine is to treat your illness not to prevent you from getting it. I want to help you to stop and prevent dental disease so your mouth stays healthy once we have removed and treated the active disease you have when I first see you.

Can we as dentists and dental professionals teach you what you need to stay healthy – of course we can. I can show you how to care for your mouth and teach you what foods will support you to prevent gum disease and tooth decay and improve your overall health.

Gum Infections and Inflammation

Bleeding gums and systemic health issues go hand in hand, if your gums are unhealthy you have a gum infection that needs to be addressed. Otherwise you have active chronic disease spreading into your bloodstream without you having to do a thing and this is made worse when you chew, talk, brush your teeth you are forcing more bacteria into your body by stimulating the blood circulation around your teeth.

Bleeding Gums Are NOT OK!

Why is it that we (and even dentists) will say its ok its only bleeding a little bit its not that bad or that we think its normal for our gums to bleed when we brush. I’m telling you now it is not. Your gums should not bleed.

Imagine you took a nailbrush and scrubbed your nails and blood started to come out from around your nail would you be alarmed, worried and concerned and want to know how to make it stop? Of course you would so why do we not react or think the same when it comes to our gums. They are not supposed to bleed – that is a signal to you that something is wrong with you and your dentist should never tell you its ok its only bleeding a little bit.

This is crazy, bleeding gums are telling you that you have active disease and infection that is pouring into your bloodstream. This means you are a walking time bomb for systemic disease; there is infection something is going wrong with your gums that needs to be treated and treated properly.

How To Treat Bleeding Gums – Properly 

If the dental profession are only doing quick cleanings and not talking about food and lifestyle they are missing an opportunity to change peoples lives for the better and to help not only prevent tooth decay and gum disease but life threatening diseases too.

Gut Bacteria and Health

Your gut bacteria help control and support your immune system. If you eat incorrectly you mess up these bacteria and increase bad bacteria and cause inflammation in the gut that spreads to your blood stream. The same conditions that alter the balance of gut bacteria also affect your oral/mouth bacteria.

This change in gut and mouth bacteria balance can be reversed by eating more nutrient dense and anti-inflammatory foods like fresh vegetables, meat and fish and avoiding processed grains and sugars and processed seed oils.

Healthy living can and does make a huge difference to your health but if no one is telling you the link between gum disease, food and lifestyle and your overall health you are not being kept in the loop and being given the full picture. 

How To Prevent Gum Disease Making You Sick

What can you do to prevent your gums from killing you? Number one is to reduce pathogenic bad bacteria in your mouth and stop them spreading to your bloodstream from your mouth.

Just because something is labeled natural, healthy or organic doesn’t mean it is actually good for your health, those sticky muesli health bars for example are full of sugars that stick to your teeth and remains there fueling the harmful bacteria.

The answer is not to kill all the bacteria in the mouth; this would be like trying to take an antibiotic that harms your gut bacteria. Normal dental plaque is healthy, there are species of bacteria that are there to help protect you and your gums, these provide a way to neutralize acidity in mouth and fight pathogenic harmful bacteria as well supplying nutrients to help remineralise the tooth with the minerals from your saliva.

The problem is when your dental plaque becomes unhealthy because you are feeding it every time you eat with sugars in your diet at every meal or snack. This alters the balance of good and bad bacteria leading to a build up of plaque that attacks your teeth and gums.

Is Not About Removing Bacteria

The key is not to remove all the plaque but to reduce the bad ones and remove the build up that will cause damage to your gum health.

Dislodge the unhealthy bacteria by eating foods that keep the bad bacteria under control. Fresh fruit and vegetables that contain nitrates, when you eat these bacteria on the tongue convert the nitrates to nitrites which when swallowed convert to nitric oxide which helps manage blood pressure and as it is also an anti-inflammatory it helps maintain cardiovascular health and gum health. So we need to eat lots of plants to improve and support our health and our good bacteria.

It is also not a good idea to use mouthwashes that kill all your mouth bacteria we need to use a mouth rinse that supports the balance of your mouth bacteria to protect you to stay healthy, combat tooth decay and gum disease and prolong your life.

How To Keep Your Mouth Healthy

To keep your mouth healthy – remove unhealthy dental plaque by brushing into the gum space at a 45 degree angle, clean in between the teeth with floss and interdental brushes (like a little bottle brush to work in between the teeth), clean your tongue by using a proper tongue scraper as far back on the tongue as possible to the place that makes you gag then scrape forward from there several times to clean the bacteria and build up off your tongue.

Foods To Keep Your Mouth Healthy

But the real way to keep your mouth healthy is to eat the right foods and not eat the wrong foods; the most damaging foods are free sugars that are added to foods, fruit juice is concentrated sugar with no fiber or goodness that you get from the fruit. If you want something sweet use raw honey but do not heat it as it kills its natural biological activity that helps support health.

Food you need to eat – leafy green vegetables, nuts and seeds, meat and fish not processed grains like bread, crackers, pastas which are highly inflammatory to the gut and mouth which will lead to poor gum health and bone structure.

Eat fish like salmon sardines, shellfish, vitamin C foods like citrus, broccoli, berries, and get some Vitamin D via sun exposure without sunblock and without burning your skin, Vitamin D is crucial for overall health and dental health – cod liver oil, free range egg yolks are good sources of vitamin D, you also need lots of antioxidant foods again this comes from vegetables and berries, and healthy fiber from those fruits and vegetables. You want to be eating real food, as clean and organic as you can get to reduce chemical exposure. 

Gum Infection – Here’s What Needs To Happen

To treat active infection it needs to be taken care of by the dentist and dental hygienist, you can use essential oils to support the healing but at this stage I would not recommend use of a dental water pik until the gum health resolves because you don’t want to be forcing infection and bacteria deeper into the pockets.

Supplements such as vitamin C and Co-Q 10 will support healing but not treat the disease as the harmful plaque bacteria need to be removed and the bacterial balance in the mouth re-established through proper diet. 

Oil pulling cannot get into deep gum pockets, so even though coconut oil has antibacterial properties it can damage the healthy mouth bacteria if you do it for too long like the recommended 20 minutes, as just like a mouthwash it will kill off the good stuff too.

The aim is to allow the healthy bacteria to do their job by creating an environment where they can thrive and this comes from our lifestyle and oral care habits.

Preventing Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Preventing tooth decay, gum disease and systemic health conditions is possible if you are willing to make the changes required in your diet and switch from processed foods to eating real foods, getting regular sensible sun exposure, reducing stress and toxins, ensuring you have quality sleep and exercise.

Please don’t ignore those bleeding gums this is a sign of active disease and until this is treated you will have ongoing health issues even if you make the switch to a healthier lifestyle, I recommend taking a holistic approach and addressing all the underlying issues and removing the harmful bacterial build up form around the teeth and under the gums for significant and lasting benefits.

Call Evolve Dental Healing 07 3720 1811 to book an appointment and address your health issues.

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How To Stop Gum Disease From Killing You

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Is Gum Disease Killing You?

Your gum and periodontal health is crucial to you overall health. Your gums and the bone around the teeth and the connective tissues are connected by direct pathways to other areas of your body. The blood that supplies your gums circulates around your whole body. This means if you have gum disease your blood is carrying mouth bacteria, infection and inflammation everywhere else in your body. We have known this fact since the 1800’s.

This is migration of disease through your body just like how cancers spread; the bacteria from the gums metastasize and seed disease in other places.

The bacteria in plaque activate your immune system to fight the inflammation they cause. This triggers your body to release different proteins, like cytokines to help defend the body. The bacteria can directly infect the blood and cause bacteremia (blood poisoning), which can make you feel very unwell or cause low-grade malaise.

Gum Inflammation and Your Health

Inflammation is a normal bodily process that is provoked by injury, it is your body’s response to repair and heal itself and short term or what is called acute inflammation it is a good thing.

However, when inflammation is ongoing and prolonged, what we call chronic, it actually becomes very damaging to the body. When inflammation is revved up and gets stuck in the on position by something that is triggering it say like having a sprained ankle that you insist on running on rather than resting, it takes much longer to switch off and for your body to heal from the cycle of inflammation and damage.

In periodontal disease the chronic nature of the disease process creates a perpetual, worsening cycle in your body. The chronic bacterial infection triggers chronic inflammation and you will see an increase in inflammatory markers in the body like C-reactive protein.

C reactive protein is one of the signs for heart disease and is actually a better predictor of heart disease than cholesterol levels.

CRP is created in your liver it’s job is to fight inflammation that occurs from any cause. Successful treatment of periodontal disease reduces inflammation, stops bacteria travelling into your body and thus can lower your CRP and hence at the same time your risk for heart attack decreases. In fact treating periodontal disease reduces heart attack risk far more significantly than by taking prescription medication.

Gum Disease and Heart Disease

This process of increasing CRP due to inflammation is how chronic periodontal disease plays a role in the development of coronary artery disease and hardening of the arteries. Periodontal disease increases your risk of stroke and heart attack.

Periodontal Disease, Cancers, Diabetes and Poor Health Links

If you have been diagnosed with cancer you should consider if periodontal disease is playing a role. Research has linked gum disease to oral cancer, oesophageal and gut cancers, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and even bowel cancers.

Another systemic disease associated with periodontal disease is diabetes. The inflammation response is similar in diabetes and periodontal disease; both cause poor healing and increased susceptibility to infections. Obesity and type 2 diabetes are also associated with insulin resistance, high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries.

Chronic inflammation has been declared part of the insulin resistance syndrome and can make metabolic disorders like diabetes grow worse.

Inflammation is even a factor is Alzheimer’s disease and there are links between the incidence of periodontal disease and people with Alzheimer’s. That’s because infection in your body can affect your central nervous system.

Periodontal disease is linked to rheumatoid arthritis and arthritic conditions. People with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to have periodontal disease or a complete loss of their teeth.

Don’t Ignore The Signs of Gum Disease

And that’s why I and my team at Evolve Dental Healing always take gum disease seriously and so should you when you see signs of swollen, red or bleeding gums because chronic periodontal disease can turn into a much more serious problems that can destroy your health, quality of life and shorten your lifespan.

Can Gum Disease Be Treated

The good news is that periodontal disease can be treated. The goal is to reduce your gum inflammation, support your gums to heal, reduce the amount of harmful bacteria in your mouth, bring down your C-reactive protein levels, and hence improve your overall health.

We want you to keep your teeth and to do this we need to remove that biofilm of plaque bacteria and tartar and support you to have a better mouth environment by utilizing things like ozone therapy, lasers, supplements and nutrients and lifestyle changes.

Our aim is to provide the least invasive procedures to give the most effective results whilst being kind to the body with treatments that are less painful than the traditional method of gum surgery.

The area of the mouth affected by periodontal disease is treated with a local anaesthetic beforehand and this means that you have a much more comfortable experience and a speedier recovery.

We can treat periodontal disease at any stage the key is to put a halt to the destructive inflammation, allow your gums to heal and then maintain that gum health with regular professional care to help keep the disease in remission.

Gum Disease and Your Bite

It is very important even once the gum disease is addressed to ensure that the forces of your bite are correctly balanced as damage from the uneven pressures on your teeth means that treatment will not have an optimal outcome and only result in short term benefits.

So I recommend gum therapy and bite therapy to address both issues simultaneously for an effective solution.

It is important to have regular follow up and review to monitor your healing and have periodic maintenance visits to stop the bacterial build up switching on active disease again. 

What Happens If Gum Disease is Not Treated

If periodontal disease is left and not treated you will eventually lose the teeth that are affected. How and when that happens depends on your overall health and the strength of your bones. Yes we can replace missing teeth but in periodontal disease you have often lost so much bone that it makes it very challenging and compromises our ability to provide you with an effective, comfortable and affordable solution.

Once you start losing teeth the remaining ones now have to do more work so they are already stressed and overworked and then they have even more to cope with to support your dental prosthesis as well.

Dentures may seem like a quick and simple solution however they are generally difficult to get used to and only perform at 25 percent of the effectiveness of your natural teeth. Hence you lose 75 percent of your chewing capacity.

The Goal of Treating Gum Disease

The goal in holistic dentistry is to save your teeth and treat your gums so that periodontal disease doesn’t ruin your health by provoking inflammation elsewhere in your body. Keeping your teeth and gums clean can prevent a host of systemic diseases whereas letting that periodontal disease spread can worsen your condition.

Periodontal disease is very treatable so you owe it to yourself to take care of it now and to take care of it properly and effectively.

How Often Should You Get Your Teeth Cleaned?

A 10-minute ‘clean’ and polish with your dentist once or twice a year is not an effective treatment for periodontal disease. Once you have periodontal disease you need a course of gum therapy that involves working closely with a skilled dental hygienist who will spend several hours (yes hours!) over the course of your treatment regime to get your gums healthy and halt that destructive inflammation.

Your gum health needs to be thoroughly and accurately assessed with proper diagnosis and gum measurements to ascertain the level of active disease and inflammation then a plan of action should be tailored to your gum condition.

I firmly believe we should be focusing on treating disease not cleaning teeth and it is our role to help you to avoid developing health conditions that could have been prevented through better management and treatment of your periodontal disease and lifestyle changes.

Please don’t ignore red, swollen, bleeding gums, bad breath or teeth that are moving or getting loose – these are all warning signs of gum disease and need to be addressed before it is too late for your teeth and your health.

Has it been 6 months or more since your last dental visit? Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Are you concerned about your dental health? Call us now to book a full mouth health check 07 3720 1811

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