Preventing Illness and Premature Death
There is a war going on inside your mouth and chances are you are losing.
The enemy? Bacteria that hide in moist, dark places and rot the surrounding tissues. Without constant vigilance, these bacteria multiply out of control and can lead to life-threatening medical complications.
Billions of these tiny bugs form the sticky film called plaque that clings to your teeth. This plaque gives off toxins that destroy the bones holding your teeth in place.
But, the damage doesn’t stop there. Bacteria migrate from the plaque and enter your bloodstream, where they can take up residence in the blood vessels. They most often attack the carotid arteries in the neck and increase the risk of stroke. That’s because the carotid arteries are the blood supply-line to the brain.
If you have a heart condition, such as a murmur, your dentist will insist that you take antibiotics prior to dental treatment to avoid a severe and possibly deadly infection.
Recent research has shown that the risk of heart problems is increased by up to 300% when certain types of bacteria are present in your mouth. These germs in your mouth have also been linked to respiratory illness, stomach & bowel problems, low birth weight in infants, severe systemic infections and blood sugar imbalances.
Think this is a problem that won’t affect you? Think again. The majority of people over age 50 have tooth-rot decay. And, by the time they reach 60, one in four will lose all their teeth because of these nasty little bugs.
As with most other physical ailments, these problems become worse with age. The immune system becomes more sluggish as we get older so we are more vulnerable to the invading army of bugs that attack us on a daily basis.
To make matters worse, almost 50% of Americans do not go to the dentist regularly, where they would get the professional guidance and information they need to win this war.
It’s sad to say, but most people are uncomfortable with dentistry. This can range from being just a little anxious to feeling absolutely terrified at the mere thought of going to the dentist!
If you’re in this group you needn’t feel alone because dental anxiety stops millions of people from getting the care they need to keep their teeth and gums healthy and safe.
This would be bad enough if the only negative outcome to this avoidance of the dentist was a lot of pain and the loss of your teeth.
But it’s worse than this – Much worse.
The fact is, that you may be risking your life if you are not taking good care of the health of your teeth and gums. You are, at the very least, risking your health, your continued comfort and your finances.
Medical science is beginning to learn that, while the eyes may be the windows to the soul, your mouth is truly the doorway to the health of your body.
The medical community continues to collect evidence of the deadly effects of improper and incomplete care for your teeth and gums. And in the field of holistic or health-centered dentistry, there are thousands of reports of physical and emotional ailments being relieved through proper treatment.
It may be surprising to discover the many ailments that have been relieved through health-centered dentistry – and that these ailments seem totally unrelated to the mouth!