Holistic dentistry professionals know that overall health is intricately tied to oral health. Several studies have linked heart disease and gum disease, showing that the same bacteria that infect the gums may also lead to cardiovascular disease. With this in mind, dental professionals are increasingly urging patients to consider the “big picture” when it comes to overall health, and it means more than just brushing twice a day!
Holistic dentistry has linked oral health with just about every physical and nonphysical part of the human body. Now, British researchers have discovered a link between oral health and obesity. The study examined periodontal pockets and body mass index (BMI), concluding that higher BMIs are correlated with deeper periodontal pockets. This research evidences the need for overall wellness reflection when considering oral health.
As the center of the circulatory system, the heart is often hailed as one of our most vital organs. Function would not be possible without this involuntary pump, which sends oxygenated blood throughout the body to facilitate everything from basic muscle movements to complex mental cognitions. When it comes to extending the life of you heart, new research suggests that the mineral Potassium is just what the doctor ordered.
A flurry of recent studies has Miami dental professionals—and their patients— concerned with the high concentration of fluoride in everything from tap water to toothpaste. Formerly hailed as an anti-cavity treatment, fluoride has been added to public water supplies since the mid 1900s and reaches an estimated 300 million individuals worldwide (i). Now, however, researchers are linking fluoride exposure with heightened incidence of serious side effects including abnormal brain development and Alzheimer’s disease.