Oral health & general health - more than a toothache

Oral infections have been linked with osteoporosis, heart disease, pregnancy problems, diabetes, respiratory diseases and other systemic health problems. Heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, lead etc.. can be involved in a wide range of health problems with neurological, cardio-vascular, gastro-intestinal and many other symptoms. ( See abstract of recent study on relationship between oral health and mortality ).

Integrative dental medicine emphasizes an understanding of how dental diseases and systemic diseases interrelate.

Detection of oral infections  in the soft and hard tissues of the mouth ( gums, teeth and jaws ) is important in the prevention and treatment of many diseases. Oral infections are a source of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. These microorganisms release by-products, called toxicants. In addition to x-rays and clinical examination, tests such as the TOPAS I & II and the CAVITAT can help to diagnose chronic infections even before they are detectable on x-rays.

Dental materials used in the fabrication of various prosthesis and fillings can also be a problem. Amalgam is made up of various metals such as mercury, copper, tin and silver. White filling materials can be a problem as well. Glass ionomers, a fluoride based silicaceous gel, may contain residues of lead and arsenic. Commonly used so-called plastic fillings may not be suitable if they have not been properly tested for biocompatibility. Combination of dissimilar metals in the mouth, such as gold alloys, chrome-cobalt alloys, orthodontic brackets and wires ect...  will lead to galvanic corrosion, resulting in the release of corrosion by-products in the mouth as well as the production of electrical currents which may cause damage to living tissues. The biological significance of these electrical currents in close proximity to the central nervous system is not well understood at present and further research is needed. As a rule careful avoidance is the the most prudent course of action.

Avoidance of materials that contain known toxins ( such as mercury, lead, arsenic, fluoride ect... For example research has clearly shown that mercury can damage brain cell in a way that is identical to what is seen in Altzheimer disease ) and the careful selection of dental materials based on their biological compatibility is also important in the prevention and treament of diseases.

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