My journey with periodontal disease

The fateful trip to the dentist…

It all started in 1997 when I was diagnosed with advanced periodontal disease.  I have been going to dentists my whole life and this was the first dentist to ever mention periodontal disease.  The dentist did what is called a periodontal pocket depth test (see image at left), which measures the depth of the gum pockets around each tooth.  To my surprise I had one pocket that was over 10 millimeters deep.  This is what we now understand to be a classic case of advanced periodontal disease.  The dentist handed me a brochure about periodontal disease that outlined their treatment protocol which involved extensive, expensive, painful root planing and gum surgery.  All this with no guarantee that the treatment would actually heal my mouth. (In hindsight and years of research later, I have found research that clearly shows that the prescribed gum surgery actually speeds up tooth loss, the very result the surgery is looking to avoid!)  Continue reading

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Reader question: Are composite fillings toxic too? What options do we have for fillings?

This is a tricky, complex subject for us as well. What I’m going to do here is share where I am at regarding this question. Let’s set a baseline of facts first…

Amalgam fillings have been proven to leak mercury at many times greater than what is considered safe. I think that’s enough on this ‘option’…  Continue reading

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Does regular oral hygiene lower risk of heart attack?

Recently, while being interviewed by our friend and mentor, Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness, I stated that I wasn’t sure if lowering the population of ‘bad bugs’ in the mouth (the term we use to refer to specific types of disease causing bacteria implicated with gum disease) would have a direct impact on our risk factors for systemic diseases like heart disease, stroke and cancer.  I mean, I knew myself that lowering the bad bug populations in the mouth would lower their ability to colonize the rest of the body through having open access to the bloodstream through the capillaries in the gum tissue. But I didn’t have any scientific proof. That is… until now! :) Continue reading

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Fluoride is Good for You! (warning… satire! :)

When we talk about optimizing health, many in the real food blogosphere help us see why we want to eat natural, organic, ʻreal foodʼ and certainly choose foods free of toxic ingredients. Doesnʼt it seem appropriate to give a similar amount of consideration to the oral hygiene products we use on a daily basis?

We believe that to create optimal health and wellness we have to hold the same standard for our personal hygiene products as we do for the foods we eat to nourish our bodies.

But why do we need to put the same consideration to our oral hygiene products as we do for the foods we eat? After all, we arenʼt eating our toothpaste, right? I will let Dean Vafiadis, DDS, president and founder of the New York Smile Institute answer this question…

“Most of what you put in your mouth goes into your bloodstream, even if you don’t swallow it.” Dean Vafiadis, D.D.S.

In fact, some chemicals enter your system faster through the mouth than by the usual stomach route. Continue reading

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How to Brush Your Teeth to Reduce Gum Disease

Why is addressing gum disease important?

The grim facts speak for themselves:

  • Over 90% of adults have some active form of gum disease at age 30.
  • And gum disease isn’t just isolated to adulthood–a whopping 65% of 15 year olds already show signs of active gum disease!

Given these statistics, we consider gum disease the elephant in the living room. Mainstream dentistry has by and large dropped the ball on gum disease and has chosen to focus on tooth decay and the drill and fill business model. Continue reading

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Did Cavemen and Women Brush Their Teeth?

With the recent boom of the real food movement, including the growing trend toward a Paleo/Primal diet, it seems that more and more of us are taking a closer look at our lives and asking if all the aspects of our daily lives are really best for our overall wellness.

And so we turn to look how we take care of our oral health. Many people in the growing movement of becoming more conscious of what we eat, how we exercise, when and how we sleep, etc are now taking a look at what we are using to brush our teeth.

I mean, did cavemen and women even brush their teeth? Maybe we donʼt even have to? But what about morning breath or that yogurt like fuzz on the teeth if I donʼt brush?

History does show us that all cultures used something from the plant kingdom to help create greater oral health.  Continue reading

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What is oil pulling anyway?

Whenever we can find a wellness protocol that has stood the test of time, it always gets more attention from us. Call us ‘anti aggressive marketing’, skeptical of newfangled stuff or just old-fashioned, we simply have an affinity to those tools that folks have been using for many years.

We were introduced to oil pulling several years ago. It is a simple way to not only create greater oral health, but to help detoxify the whole body in the process. Given that so much chronic disease we experience as a culture is lifestyle related, oil pulling offers a simple way to help restore greater overall health and wellness, as well as create greater oral health.

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