Posts for tag: oral health
Remember how at Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuventation and Wellness we are always talking about how your oral health affects your overall health? Well, a recent study discovered that there is actually a link between certain types of cancer and periodontal disease. “Researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore used data from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study, which included comprehensive dental exams from 7466 participants from Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi and North Carolina. Subjects were followed from the late 1990s until 2012. The data showed that 1648 new cancer cases were diagnosed during the follow-up period.”
Let’s back track a little first and talk about what periodontal disease is and how you get it.
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in dental plague. “Interestingly, it is your body's response to the bacterial infection that causes most of the problems. In an effort to eliminate the bacteria, the cells of your immune system release substances that cause inflammation and destruction of the gums, periodontal ligament or alveolar bone. This leads to swollen, bleeding gums, signs of gingivitis (the earliest stage of periodontal disease), and loosening of the teeth, a sign of severe periodontitis (the advanced stage of disease).”
When your oral hygiene routine is subpar and or you don’t keep up with your biannual teeth cleanings, your risk of developing periodontal disease is very high. Smoking, misaligned teeth, grinding, stress, certain medications, certain types of chronic ailments, and genetics also play into your risk factor. This preventable disease has also been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory disease.
Now, on top of the fact that you could lose your teeth, develop heart disease, or have a stroke from having periodontal disease, but you might also develop cancer. The study found that there was a significant increase in the risk of developing lung and colon cancer in particular in patients who also suffered from severe periodontal disease. Some aspects of our health are out of our control, but fortunately a great deal is within out control; and your oral hygiene and health is definitely one of those things.
If you find that your gums are bleeding when you brush or floss, talk to Dr. Steve or Dr. Blake during your next visit, as this is an early sign of periodontal disease. It is far easier to a prevent disease than it is to cure one. Preventative healthcare is the best approach to your health and well-being and by preventing periodontal disease, you are helping to prevent a lot of other diseases in your future.
In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to take a moment to talk a bit about preventative healthcare.
At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we strongly promote and encourage bi-annual teeth cleanings and check-ups, fluoride treatment alongside cleanings, and x-rays. These are all examples of preventative healthcare measures in regards to your oral health. We also encourage our patients to brush and floss at least twice a day, minimize sugar intake, eat teeth and gum health-promoting foods, and drink plenty of water. These are also all examples of preventative healthcare measures. We stand behind Juice Plus+, Sonicare toothbrushes, and Invisalign. These are all preventative healthcare tools.
The idea is simple. Take care of and maintain your health instead of waiting to fix it once it is in disrepair. It is far easier, far less expensive, and far less time consuming to practice healthy habits and take preventative measures than to try and fix what is broken. This is true for all avenues of health. Diet and nutrition, exercise, positive lifestyle changes and choices, and the conscious act of listening to your body are all equally important. Of course, there are some things that are out of our control, but this falls under listening to your body and taking charge when something isn’t right. The sooner you act, the better off you will be.
For example, gum disease is preventable. Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. Red and swollen gums that bleed easily characterize this condition. There is typically little discomfort at this stage. However, this is not something that should be overlooked just because it is not causing pain. Gingivitis is usually caused by poor oral hygiene. Smoking, inadequate nutrition, and substance abuse can also contribute to this condition. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis. Periodontitis can lead to chronic inflammation, tooth loss, and even heart disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes. With preventative healthcare, it should never have to get to this point. This scenario is common throughout our body and with countless conditions and diseases.
You have one body and it is your only permanent place in this world; keep it a place that you want to continue to live in!
Stay tuned for more about preventative health and some simple changes that can make grand differences in your bodily home. Thanks for sharing a smile with us!
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to damaged cells, viruses, and foreign bacteria. It is our body’s amazing way of self-healing. However, when inflammation becomes chronic is can wreak havoc on our bodies in the form of multiple diseases and conditions. It is believed that inflammation is actually at the root of most diseases.
More often than not, modern medicine seems to be aimed at treating the symptoms, pains, and aliments that we are facing verses helping us to dig deeper to find and combat the root of our problems. It would appear to be easier and much quicker to just address and diminish the symptoms rather than to figure out the true cause. This is a misconception and rather dangerous health mindset though. When inflammation is at the root, the symptoms, diseases, and conditions that follow can be life altering or threatening.
Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. Heart disease is inflammation of the arteries. Periodontal disease is inflammation of the gums and the surrounding bone structure. Asthma, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, cancer, and even high blood pressure have been linked to chronic inflammation. The list goes on and there is still medical research that needs to be conducted and studied, but all arrows seem to be pointing at chronic inflammation as the root of all evils in our bodies.
The good news though is that chronic inflammation can be reduced and even prevented. A lot of it is linked to our lifestyle choices. Inflammation is increased by certain behaviors such as excessive drinking and smoking, lack of exercise, high body fat, poor diet, bad oral hygiene habits, and even mismanaged or constant stress. Simple lifestyle changes can monumentally affect our health even so far as our longevity. It is far easier to take small steps toward potentially preventing maladies such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease rather than try and fix ourselves after a diagnosis. Let us show you how as we continue this mini series.
Did you know that what you eat and drink plays a considerable role in the health of your gums and teeth? Did you also know that there are foods that actually help promote good oral health?
There is great validity to the expression “you are what you eat.” Your diet can make or break you in terms of your overall health and wellness. Our bodies need certain nutrients in order to function properly. Think of your body as a car, if you run out of fuel, don’t put the correct type of fuel in, or fail to regularly take it in for check-ups and oil changes, it will not run or it will not run very well. Our organs and systems are complex, yet what they require to perform is quite simple.
So, what do your teeth and gums need?
According to the American Dental Association, the following foods and drinks are good for your dental health.
- Water-fluoridated water helps to fight acids that can cause cavities
- Dairy-calcium rich foods help to strength teeth
- Lean Protein-fish, chicken, meat, and eggs contain valuable proteins that keep your teeth strong
- Fruits and Vegetables-chewing stimulates salvia production, which helps wash away acids and food particles from your teeth
- Nuts- contain important minerals that are not only good for your teeth, but your overall health too
There is one more addition to your diet that can have a positive impact on your dental health, Juice Plus+. There have been more than 30 published clinical studies that have shown some of the amazing effects of incorporating Juice Plus+ into your daily routine. Research has shown that Juice Plus+ improves health heart, skin health, and circulation. It also significantly reduces free radicals, increases antioxidants in your body, helps to repair and protect DNA, reduces inflammation, and improves athletic recovery and performance. Juice Plus+ also improves gum and teeth health. Patients who have made Juice Plus+ part of their daily routine have experienced less sensitivity, less bleeding, and pinker, healthier looking gums. The entire Parker family has been taking Juice Plus+ for well over a decade.
Oftentimes, what you do health and diet wise for one part of your body will have a positive impact on multiple other parts of your body. We have this one body and this one life…treat it well! Small changes can make a big difference.
As we have stressed before, nutrition plays a major role in your overall health and wellness. The vitamins and minerals found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and certain animal proteins are essential to maintaining a healthy life. It is easier to prevent diseases and other maladies than it is to treat and try to reverse the damage after the fact. The same way that antioxidants are key to supporting your immune system, your mouth, which is part of your digestive system, requires specific vitamins and minerals in order to function properly.
The beauty of nutrition is that something that is good for one system is typically good for multiple other systems or body parts and functions. If you understand what your body needs and you provide your body with those things, you will most likely suffer less health problems throughout your lifetime than someone who disregards those natural body requirements. So, what vitamins and minerals are important for your oral health? What do your teeth, gums, and supporting bones and tissues need?
VITAMIN A is essential for keeping gums healthy and aiding in the healing process. Orange, yellow, and dark green fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamin A. So, load up on your carrots, mangoes, bell peppers, kale, and spinach! It can also be found in fish and egg yolks.
VITAMIN B (all of them!) is great at helping to reduce inflammation. Poultry, beans, and green vegetables are chalked full of these vitamins.
VITAMIN C is very important for good periodontal health. It aids in the prevention of inflammation and helps build and repair connective tissues. It is also crucial for preventing scurvy, a serious gum disease that leads to bleeding. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and will help with healing and keeping your immune system strong.
VITAMIN D is essential in order for your body to absorb calcium. CALCUIM is necessary for maintaining strong bones and teeth, and preventing osteoporosis. Vitamin D can be taken in from just 15 minutes of sunshine (don’t forget to wear sunscreen), three times a week! Calcium can be found in leafy greens, cauliflower, cabbage, and almonds.
VITAMIN E aids in the restoration of damaged oral tissues. It can be found in avocados, sunflower seeds, and spinach.
MAGNESIUM, which is found kale, spinach, and dark chocolate, helps build strong enamel and can help prevent cavities from forming.
All of these vitamins and minerals are beneficial in a number of other ways for all different parts, functions, and systems in your body. Taking care of our teeth and gums is more than just brushing, flossing, and biannual cleanings. Like all other systems, the digestive system requires proper nutrition to stay balanced, functioning, and healthy. Good nutrition is one of the easier things you can do for your body, and Parker Wellness is here to guide you down that path.
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