This Valentine’s Day, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) encourages men and women of all ages to love the gums you’re with. This health initiative spreads awareness for the holistic connection between the mouth and body—emphasizing the ways gum disease may significantly increase your risk of developing other serious illnesses. Visit this article to learn more about the AAP, gum disease, and ways to prevent serious illness.

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.

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.

This November, Dr. Herrmann and Assure A Smile have been featured in Natural Awakenings Magazine! Turn to page 9 in the digital magazine below to read our feature: Assure A Smile Offers Ozone Therapy for Holistic Dental Care in Miami Leading holistic dentist, Dr. Theodore Herrmann, DMD, excitedly announces new ozone therapy technology for advanced holistic…

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.

The Cochrane Collaboration uncovered one interesting study in particular. In 2001, a report found that amongst two adjacent British Columbia communities, one of which ceased water fluoridation and the other remained constant, the community that stopped water fluoridation actually saw rates of cavities amongst schoolchildren decrease. This study is one of many that prove fluoride has no effect, or potentially a more detrimental affect, on tooth decay in children. Read more about this ground breaking study.

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