Everyone wants a beautiful, white teeth smile, and many will do anything to achieve that. We are not short of teeth whitening products and professionals who will provide us with implants, crowns, dentures, fillings and root canals in order to “save” the tooth that we may be loosing. BUT, have we considered how these can affect our health?
We are told to chew our foods properly, until it has the consistency of apple sauce, and this is quite important, but we may also be “digging our graves with our teeth”. Many recent researches are showing that there is a direct pathway from each tooth to different organs and systems in our bodies. In fact, our gums are filled with blood vessels that will carry bacteria to all parts of the body if there is plaque or periodontal disease.
Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School has identified a link between plaque in your arteries and plaque on your teeth. WebMD has identified a link between heart disease and unhealthy teeth and gums. They suggest that inflammation is a sure sign of poor gum health. American Academy of Periodontology has also identified strokes as a direct link to poor oral health. One study on The Link Between Root Canals and Inflammations, concluded that root canals can lead to heart, kidney, bone and brain diseases. Other studies suggest that diabetes, respiratory disease and even premature babies maybe linked to gum disease. The Natural Society made an impelling case that autoimmune diseases like lupus, ALS, MS etc even Lyme disease, are linked to root canals.
Mercury fillings are also a cause for concern. These became quite popular without the concern that mercury is a neurotoxin and can affect brain cells. In fact, the Natural Society identified 10 chronic diseases caused by mercury amalgam, which can seep through the dentin in the tooth into the blood stream. These diseases include
- Autoimmune diseases
- Neurological problems that include, memory problems, ADD, epilepsy, autism, migraines, and vertigo.
- Mood Disorders
- Immune Dysfunction and Cancer
- Stomach and digestive problems
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Vision and Hearing problems
Brushing with flouride toothpaste seems to be a major health hazard! Dr. Mercola identified 10 facts about flouride toothpaste that we should be concerned about. The health issues associated with flouride include thyroid problems, Arthritis, dementia, bone cancer, hyperactivity, infertility and disrupted immune system.
If you have mercury amalgam fillings, a root canal, or use flouride toothpaste, now you know some of the things that may be affecting your health. I stopped using floride toothpaste long ago. I buy my toothpaste here, and it is quite pleasant tasting. they have different flavors. Or you can make your own using baking soda, mint and coconut cream. Do a floss after each meal and use a water pick with hydrogen peroxide each night before bed to help to reduce the amount of bacteria and plaque. You can take activated charcoal tablets to help reduce and eliminate the toxin from the body. Also, don’t forget to visit your dentist twice per year! Ask that they do NOT use flouride on your teeth, ask for baking soda instead. Remember, no one is responsible for your health but YOU! It is never too late to start. Disease is a symptom and your body is telling you to give it the help it needs.