Professional Oral Health Care Helps Prevent Heart Attacks & Strokes

There is good news for folks who remain loyal to the recommended annual visit to the dental hygienist; A recent study from Taiwan suggests that people who routinely get their teeth cleaned (undergo professional tooth scaling) have as much as 24 percent lower risk of heart attacks and 13 percent lower risk of stroke, than those who never actually visit the hygienist. Researchers have also concluded from a similar Swedish study that harmful oral flora is an excellent predictor of heart attack and stroke.

The effects of oral health on overall healthfulness have been the subject of scientific studies for quite some time, and this new research provides added proof that patients who receive regular dental care and follow recommended oral hygiene regimens can successfully reduce their risk of both heart attack and stroke.

The study from Taiwan followed 100,000 participants over a 7-year period, most of whom submitted to professional teeth cleaning at least twice or more in two years; and at least once or less in two years. About half of the adults underwent full or partial tooth scaling while the other half matched with gender and health conditions from the test group but had no tooth scaling.

Although researchers did not adjust for potential heart attack and stroke risk factors prior to the study none of the participants reported a history of heart attack or stroke.

Emily (Zu-Yin) Chen, M.D., cardiology fellow at the Veterans General Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan concluded from the study that protection from heart disease and stroke was more pronounced in participants who received tooth scaling at least once a year. In other words, clinical oral health care—tooth scaling—reduces bacterial growth that can lead to serious cardiovascular conditions.

In a separate study coming from Sweden, researchers discovered that the value of markers for gum disease predict heart attack, congestive heart failure and stroke in different ways and in slightly different degrees. Anders Holmlund, D.D.S., Ph.D. Centre for Research and Development of the County Council of Gävleborg, Sweden, and senior consultant; Specialized Dentistry, studied 7,999 participants with periodontal disease and found people with:

  • Fewer than 21 teeth had a 69 percent increased risk of heart attack compared to those with the most teeth.
  • A higher number of deepened periodontal pockets (infection of the gum around the base of the tooth) had a 53 percent increased risk of heart attack compared to those with the fewest pockets.
  • The least amount of teeth had a 2.5 increased risk of congestive heart failure compared to those with the most teeth.
  • The highest incidence of gum bleeding had a 2.1 increased risk of stroke compared to those with the lowest incidence.

These studies highlight the importance of educating patients about oral health to stress the potential impact periodontal disease can have on overall healthfulness. Unfortunately many adults develop some type of periodontal disease due to a lack of daily brushing and flossing, and all too infrequent visits to the dental hygienist.  Routine teeth cleaning will help avoid periodontal disease, and ultimately can help to prevent heart attack and stokes.

Toxic Bacteria In Teeth Contributes To Illness Throughout The Body

You probably already know that  the prospect of having a root canal can be to most people a nerve wrenching experience. Furthermore teeth treated with root canals tend to get reinfected and/or fracture because they are mummified teeth. But did you realize that when you choose to have a tooth extracted instead of a root canal you are still at a high risk of developing bone infections because of the toxins released by bacteria that are trapped or improperly cleaned out at the time of extraction? This happens when people have had tooth extractions and more so when they have had their wisdom teeth taken out, or have suffered a variety of other abscesses, injuries to the teeth and jaw. As early as 1920, G.V. Black commonly referred to as the “father of modern dentistry” had observed, studied and written about these bone infections and lesions.  This is not to say that everyone undergoing the above will ultimately develop health issues as a result, but evidence is mounting that a huge percentage of us are at risk.

THE CULPRIT

Ultimately the perpetrator is bacteria … bacteria that were not neutralized or adequately flushed out after an oral surgery or extraction. Once trapped inside the post-surgery cavity these bacteria can incubate for years, leaking toxic residue into the blood stream and causing a host of health issues, both local to the jaw by affecting its blood supply and other areas of the body. In addition to bacteria, sometimes this area will host other harmful elements including viruses, fungus and parasites. In other words, when a root canal is performed on a tooth, bacteria from within that tooth can produce very strong chemicals that are highly neurotoxic. Similarly when after an extraction the bone is not properly cleaned and treated, the bacteria around the tooth or even from the mouth can be trapped in bone and eventually release toxins. Research has shown these toxins can then combine with chemicals or heavy metals, such as mercury, and form even more potent toxins. These neurotoxins can over time be released into the bloodstream where they destroy many otherwise critically important enzymes within the body.

This scenario happens under what dentists consider the normal extraction situation; the tooth is removed but the ligament that holds the tooth in place is left behind, and consequently toxins remain within the ligament, infect and destroy the bone and eventually slowly seep into the body, potentially creating chronic health issues.

WORST CASE SCENARIO

You might think it’s bad enough to think about having neurotoxic bacteria, fungus and other unsavory creatures swimming in the open spaces between your teeth and gums, but there actually is one thing worse; cavitations. Now, cavitations are exactly what they sound like they are; a hollowed out area or hole – and in this case, a cavern occurs when all too active bacteria has successfully departed the original post-surgical site and has somehow begun to impress itself into the actual jawbone. Every additional hole created by this process is filled with decaying bone and tissue that leaves behind an ever greater potential for bacteria (and their unsavory cohorts and associated neurotoxins) to flourish and grow. Eventually this caustic soup of poison leaks into the blood stream where it can cause or exaggerate other existing health issues in the body.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE A CAVITATION?

Although cavitations can go undetected for years in an otherwise healthy person, jaw pain sometimes occurs in patients suffering from bone lesions and sometimes jaw pain will manifest after a sinus infection, which can then also lead to the discovery of a cavitation. But it seems that the vast majority of people seeking to discover whether or not they have cavitations are those also suffering from other chronic health issues. It is the overriding health condition that has brought them back to the dentist seeking ways to cut down on potential toxins flowing into the bloodstream

The first step in successfully diagnosing cavitations can be made using a variety of diagnostic tools which can include CAT scans and MRI’s but since these methods expose a patient to undesirable levels of radiation, they aren’t the optimal tools for detection. The best method of detection is often through a ConeBeam Cat Scan (CBCT) and applied kineseology (AK) or muscle testing.

TREATMENT

Once properly diagnosed, treatment for a cavitation commonly starts by surgically removing any dead bone, tissue and other debris. Additional treatment options include the use of lasers and ozone treatments as well as probiotics and other natural products/techniques. Once applied, these methods help to create a clean and sterile environment that promotes healing at the site, and ultimately throughout the body.

Dr. Sammy Noumbissi

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Dead And Infected Teeth: Do You Want Them Mummified Or Replaced?

A ROOT CANAL IS THE HOLLOW THAT EXISTS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TOOTH WHERE THE NERVE IS SEATED.

There is a soft part of the root canal which is referred to as the pulp or pulp chamber. When a tooth is diseased from decay or distress often a root canal dentist also called endodontist is called in to repair or remove the center of the tooth removing the nerve and pulp, but leaving the now dead tooth behind.

Having a dead or dying tooth remain in the mouth can cause serious concerns. There are healthier and more predictable alternatives to root canal treatment, but if the dentist is not holistic or biological in his/her approach to oral health there is a good chance that the patient is not given a choice about what procedure should be performed.

There are three  important facts to know before you make that appointment for your root canal:

  1. A root canal is in essence the mummifying of a dead tissue or organ left inside your mouth. If you had an organ failing would you have it preserved and left in your body?
  2. Despite the best efforts of modern technology there is absolutely no way to remove all of the infected material in an embalmed tooth.
  3. With the infected material left behind eventually the bacteria will leak out of the root canal and attack your immune system.

Step one…

A small hole is drilled into the middle of the tooth which allows some access to the inner chamber. Once inside the chamber the nerve, lymph and blood vessels are accessible.  A tiny path or canal runs to the tip of the root where the canal receives its blood supply.  The front teeth or anterior teeth have a single canal and the back teeth or posterior teeth for two to four canals, depending on where the tooth is located.

The main canals can be partially cleaned using a very small file, but each tooth has miles of very minute tubules that cannot be reached or entirely cleaned. However the smallness of the tubules does not stop dozens of bacteria from living comfortably inside. This is unfortunate because not even one white blood cell (our own natural defense system against bacteria) can enter the tubules.  Since the blood supply to the tooth is gone antibiotics are ineffectual because they need the blood stream to be carried throughout the body.

Step two…

The tooth is sealed off creating essentially a tomb. Soon this mini-tomb is filled with a type of bacteria that thrives in an oxygen free environment called anaerobic bacteria. As a matter of fact they multiply at an alarming speed and soon seek a vent to escape the confines of the tomb.  Sometimes the root canal seal is ineffective or perhaps there is a micro-fracture in the wall of the tooth. Either of these scenarios is perfect as an escape route for the anaerobic bacteria.

Additionally root canal treatments contribute to infection or sickness in the body because of the toxic gases that are emitted by the now contaminated root canal tooth or teeth. These toxic gases are actually neurotoxins and over time the buildup of gases creates a strain on the immune system.

Sealants and Microbes

The substance most dentists use to seal a root canal is gutta percha. Gutta percha comes from a tree in SouthEast Asia. It is a natural rubber which has been used for many years in dentistry. When warmed up it is very pliable and easily packs or fills the root canal space.  However, when the sealant cools is shrinks which allows bacteria to leak though the top of the tooth.

Another substance used as a sealant is Biocalix.  Research has shown that this man made sealant breaks down within 12 to 18 months allowing bacteria to invade the bloodstream and potentially infect the entire body.

Energy Blockage

Teeth are connected to the body through meridian pathways.  Energy flows through these meridian pathways throughout the body, but when a tooth dies a blockage occurs which thwarts the flow of energy to all the systems on that meridian. For example: an infection in a maxillary first molar may block the flow of energy to the stomach or breasts as they are on the same meridian pathway. In a recent study out of 60 women with breast cancer; 57 had a root canal on a tooth situated on the breast meridian.

The root canal procedure cannot effectively seal or prevent the leakage of toxic bacteria into the body. Even if the root canal could be sealed completely the flow of energy would be interrupted and the flow of energy for that system would be gone thus leaving it open to infection and failure.

Root Canal Failure

The growing colony of anaerobic bacteria finds an escape route and invades the bloodstream and an infection begins.  In many cases the patient does not know there is a problem until it is too late.  By then the infection has spread and the patient is in danger of sustaining bone loss and a lack of support for the teeth involved.

The patient now must undergo a second invasive procedure called an apicoectomy. The procedure comprises of an incision in the gum near the tip of the root and the debriding (scraping) of the infected area. Then the tooth is retro-filled with an amalgam filling which is placed directly into the tip of the root. The material used for the procedure is often an amalgam of silver and usually contains other metals including mercury which is another serious issue.

A Healthier Choice for Treating a Dead Tooth

It is often better for patients to extract or remove a tooth rather than undergo root canal therapy. The removal of a failed root canal can be a costly and uncomfortable procedure: Because the tooth is already dead there is a danger of the tooth becoming brittle and as a result often break or chip into pieces during the extraction. Removal of the dead tooth and the placement of a clean compatible appliance can ultimately be the healthiest and most cost effective option to the invasive root canal re-treatment and apicoectomy procedure.

At Miles of Smiles Implant Dentistry, we often recommend patients who have had a tooth extracted get it replaced with a biocompatible ceramic dental implant. For more information about these new implants, you can read more at Zirconia Implants.

Dental Emergencies

HOW TO HANDLE A DENTAL EMERGENCY?

According to the American Dental Association, the difference between saving and losing a knocked out tooth, is the thirty minutes following the incident.

To save the tooth, follow these steps:

  • Rinse the tooth in tap water.
  • Avoid scrubbing the tooth.
  • Insert the tooth into the empty socket quickly.

If you are uncomfortable inserting the tooth, put the tooth in milk or water Get to the dentist immediately.

COMMON DENTAL EMERGENCIES

  • Broken tooth/Fractured tooth
  • Canker sores
  • Operculitis