Biological Dentistry

The usual format when speaking about holistic or biological dentistry is centered on mercury fillings, root canals and fluoride. Dental materials are very important in the treatment of the teeth and the effects of total health. However, there is a whole area of research that correlates periodontal health (gums and bone) to systemic disease. The […]

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Biological Dentistry on the Frontlines of Total Health

Last month’s article presented a simplified view of the body’s status from healthy to a not healthy state. Success of treatment is clearly a reflection of accurate history and diagnosis. Dentists are key players in maintaining patients’ overall health. They typically see patients twice a year and play a pivotal part in helping to prevent […]

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Dental Health and Heart Disease

The clear links between dental health and heart disease just got a lot stronger, which may now be a motivational factor for many people to improve oral hygiene. People with bleeding gums allow entry of up to 700 different types of bacteria directly into their circulation, increasing the risk for a heart attack. The new […]

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Dentistry and Diabetes

Periodontal disease and diabetes – are dentists doing enough? With a growing population of diabetics (presently 25 million) and pre-diabetics (60 million), I think we are falling short. Gum disease plays an important role in diabetes. There is significant evidence that periodontal (gum) disease may contribute to higher rates of premature death in diabetics. While […]

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Diabetes, Gum Disease, and Inflammation

People who have diabetes are at a higher risk of developing gum disease. In diabetics, periodontal disease is typically worse than people who don’t have diabetes. Research confirms that diabetes makes gum disease more severe. The effects include deeper pockets in the gum around the teeth, more loss of bone and more loss of periodontal […]

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At Last…the Treatment

In previous articles we touched on the source and correlation of oral and systemic disease; we also examined the importance of accurate history and diagnosis. Now we need to look at the goals of treatment, both conventional and integrative (some would say “holistic”), so that combining different approaches and therapies will achieve our treatment goals. […]

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