Holistic dentistry has linked oral health with just about every physical and nonphysical part of the human body. Now, British researchers have discovered a link between oral health and obesity. The study examined periodontal pockets and body mass index (BMI), concluding that higher BMIs are correlated with deeper periodontal pockets. This research evidences the need for overall wellness reflection when considering oral health.
Comments by Dr. Ted Herrmann:
Dr. Nigel Carter expressed his growing concern with oral health and obesity during the National Childhood Obesity week, stating “As almost 1 in 4 adults in the UK are classed as being obese, and gum disease is recognized as a major cause of tooth decay[…] there is definitely a case for doctors relaying information on how diet is directly affecting their oral health,” (i).
Dr. Nigel, current Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, supports the hallmark of holistic dentistry: overall wellness is reflected through the mouth. The human body is a complex and interconnected system that requires holistic attention from all medical professionals. Doctors should better educate patients about nutrition and oral health, and dentists have a similar responsibility to explain the connection between oral health and overall wellness.
Miami Dentist Blog: Holistic Wellness Articles
Our Miami dentist office has blogged about the importance of considering how oral health is tied to overall well being on numerous occasions. The following articles explore this connection:
Why See a Holistic Dentist?: This article contrasts traditional dentistry with the new holistic approach that a number of professionals are practicing. Holistic dentistry seeks to identify the underlying causes for oral decay. When it comes to dentistry, are you thinking holistically?
Miami Dentist Asks Patients About Heart Disease: Are your teeth, gums, and heart connected? You bet! Join the Miami Dentist Blog for this exclusive on gum disease and heart disease.
What is Holistic Dentistry?: The title says it all. This article is a great overview of holistic dentistry for those who know very little on the subject. A must-read!
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