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The New Age of Dentistry – Protect Your Health

Your mouth is a window to your overall health... you probably heard it before, but, how serious is the link?

The connection between your overall health and your oral health is deadly serious.

The age of the “tooth mechanic” is over. Dentists must be aware of the severity of oral disease and how debilitating it actually is. Science has proven a close link to infections in your mouth and your overall health. Treating this infection should be the number one priority! A dentist can dramatically improve a patients health by educating the patient on the links between their oral health and their body’s health.

Many health conditions are tied to your oral health. People often do just about anything to stay healthy – they exercise, eat well, see their medical doctor, etc., but often ignore their oral health.

Well, here is a short list of conditions related to the mouth, directly from the Mayo Clinic website:

  • Endocarditis – An infection of the inner lining of your heart. Bacteria enter through your infected, puffy gums and travel directly to this vulnerable area and begin destroying the engine that keeps you alive.
  • Cardiovascular Disease – Gum disease, periodontitis, has been closely linked to this killer. Clogged arteries and stroke are just one part of this disease that once again is linked to the bacteria in your mouth entering through infected and inflamed oral tissue.
  • Diabetes –  This disease is a double edged sword. People with diabetes have more frequent and severe infections of the gums, which in turn allow bad bacteria to enter and increase the severity of diabetes.
  • Pregnancy and Birth – Gum disease has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight. The bacteria in your gums that enters through inflammation and infection can actually cross the placenta! We do anything for our kids – seek out the best schools, best food, etc., but how about giving them a good start by preventing the dangerous bacteria in gum disease to pass through to them when they are in the womb?
  • Alzheimer’s Disease – Tooth loss before the age of 35, probably related to gum disease, has been related to this debilitating disease.

There are MANY more diseases and conditions related to the mouth. We simply need to find the common denominator – INFECTIONS of the GUMS! Too many terrible things happen if we ignore gum disease. It is called the silent killer for a reason…

So, take a step towards better health, today. Focus on quality dentistry, healthy gums, which will help you manage all the other diseases we face as we get older. Give your immune system the strength to focus on other parts of your body, not just your mouth. Find a mouth doctor, not a tooth mechanic. Get a dentist with a plan to treat the underlying cause of all the problems, infections in your mouth.

Keep Smiling.

Biological Dentistry – Mayo Clinic Links Major Diseases To Oral Health

What does Endocarditis, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s Disease have in common?

They all have been linked closely to the mouth!

Your oral health no longer is just about shiny white teeth and good breath, but your entire health depends on it.

The bacteria in the mouth can be very dangerous and literally kill you. Read the Mayo Clinic Report below to learn more about how these diseases are related to your mouth.


At Ideal Dentistry we have understood this link for a long time and focus on creating a healthier you, not just fix teeth. Every patient receives a very thorough consultation which includes an emphasis on nutrition, one of the major reasons why the mouth is breaking down in today’s society.

Addressing the cause of the problems rather than just fixing them is they key.

Look at it like this:

You have a thorn deep in your hand, so you see the doctor to address the pain. The doctor sees that you have pain, swelling and some bleeding, so he/she prescribes antibiotics for the swelling, cleans the wound and puts a brand new bandage on it for you. What is the problem with this? THE THORN is the problem, not the infection, the swelling or the bleeding!

This analogy can be used all too often for Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Osteoporosis and almost all other major disease.

The solution? REMOVE THE THORN.

We live in a pill society, meaning, when we have a headache we take a headache pill, when we have a stomach ache we take a stomach pill, when we have a disease we take a pill created for the disease. A pill will not solve your problem, only mask it. To make it even worse, each pill has a negative side effect that then often is addressed with, you guessed it, a pill.We want a quick fix for everything (think drive through food).

A pill society is wonderful for pharmaceutical companies – it makes them a lot of money, but it is terrible for you.

So, to summarize, don’t put off fixing your oral health or it will slowly kill you in a painful, expensive process. Find a dentist that is not a tooth mechanic but rather a biological mouth doctor.