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The Interrelationship of Your Teeth and Your Body

By Gerald Regni, DMD on October 27, 2016

You may not realize this, but your oral health is extremely important because it can provide clues and insights into your overall health. Ironically, the oral cavity, or mouth as it is more commonly referred to, is the dirtiest part of the human body based on bacteria count. Furthermore, there are issues concerning:

  • bio-incompatible dental materials
  • dead teeth
  • electrogalvanism/dissimilar metals
  • mercury/silver amalgam fillings
  • nickel crowns
  • residual jaw infections
All of these can have adverse effects on the human body. But were you aware that problems inside your mouth can actually affect your body? The best way to protect your overall health is by:
  • visiting your dentist every 6 months for a check-up
  • practicing good oral hygiene at home
  • learn about the interrelationship between your teeth and body
The more you know about the connection between oral health and overall health, the more you’ll understand why the first two points above are crucial to staying healthy.

How Your Teeth and Body are interrelated

Most oral bacteria are relatively harmless and can easily be dispatched with good oral hygiene and your body’s natural defenses (your immune system). Proper oral hygiene at the dentist’s office and at home should keep these bacteria at bay. Failure to practice good dental habits enables bacteria to accumulate and reach a level of toxicity that could lead to more serious oral infections such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. This can be devastating for your teeth and gums.

Beware of certain Medications

Furthermore, there are a number of medications that can reduce the flow of saliva which is responsible for neutralizing bacteria-produced acids as well as washing away food particles. This helps to avoid a bacterial overgrowth and microbial invasion which in turn could lead to serious diseases and medical conditions. These medications include:
  • analgesics (painkillers)
  • anti-depressants
  • antihistamines
  • decongestants
  • diuretics
Check with your dentist if you are taking any of these medications as it may have an effect on the type of procedure or treatment to use.

The Disease Connection

Studies have also revealed the possible connection between certain diseases with the inflammation caused by periodontitis and oral bacteria. Additionally, oral problems can become more complex and complicated when a person’s immune system is decimated by diseases such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS.

Additional Considerations

There is also the issue of certain dental amalgams that could be toxic and have adverse effects on a person. Biocompatibility testing has helped alert individuals who are prone to adverse reactions to certain dental materials. Mercury is a common culprit in these dental amalgams with a concentration of up to 50% while silver is the second highest at 30%. The remaining 20% is comprised of copper, tin, and zinc. In order to learn more regarding the interrelationship of your teeth and body, you should sit down and discuss your concerns with your family dentist. They would be able to advice you best.

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