Holistic dentistry studies the connections between the mouth and the rest of the body. In past articles, we’ve explored how gum disease can increase the risk of heart disease. This mouth-body connection is just one of many examples that show how each piece of the human body is connected to the next. Below are two new studies that indicate another connection, one that may surprise most readers.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), men and women who suffer with diabetes are at a higher risk for developing periodontal disease (gum disease). For medical professionals, the new link is just another piece of evidence illustrating the complex and interconnected nature of the human body. But for adults who suffer with type I or II diabetes, the research is a clear warning to stay vigilant in the fight against oral infection and tooth decay.

Does gum disease cause heart disease? According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), there is strong evidence in support of the answer yes. And with 47% of American adults suffering with periodontal (gum) disease, the number of individuals at high risk for cardiovascular issues like heart attack and stroke is staggering.

Ozone therapy is relatively new to the field of dentistry, though ozone has been used for many years to accomplish a number of health and wellness initiatives. For instance, major American cities use ozone as a means of sterilizing public water. Moreover, major food and beverage distributors are known to use ozone to sterilize fruits, vegetables, sodas, and bottled waters we enjoy every day. Even large commercial facilities, ranging from shopping outlets to manufacturing centers, often use ozone in conjunction with air purification systems to reduce airborne bacteria and pollutants.

A healthy pH level is one of the most important factors behind a healthy smile, yet few patients understand how to improve the alkalinity of their mouth. Put simply, alkalinity describes the ability of water to neutralize acidic substances. Acids in the oral cavity are what causes tooth enamel to wear away, eventually leading to…

According to the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 8% of Americans suffer with bruxism. Better known as teeth grinding, this condition can be problematic for those afflicted, as well as anyone who sleeps in close proximity. In the past, the downside of bruxism was thought to be limited to damage inflicted within the oral cavity. For…

The side effects of smoking are well documented and widely known. Now, a new study has found secondhand smoke to be among the most critical factors causing the rise in dental caries (cavities) among children.

Whether you have children or are worried about your own sugar consumption on Halloween, here are a few ways to have a healthier holiday.

From a holistic perspective, gum disease has also been linked with heart disease and diabetes. Now, a recent study has made a new link between gum disease and prostate inflammation.

Some dentists believe root canals are necessary for remedying severe damage to the tooth and its root, whether occurring from cavities, fractures, or abscesses. When the root becomes inflamed, removal of the infection is necessary. Without treatment of some sort, individuals might experience pain, swelling, or discomfort in the afflicted area. These symptoms should be discussed as soon as possible with your dental professional so they can provide adequate treatment.

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