As a holistic dentist in Miami, we provide more than simply tooth restoration. When we treat a patient, we don’t just look at a patient’s smile, but at the bigger picture of their overall health. This enables us to get a better grasp of what’s causing problems. However, traditional dentists are still taught to look at the mouth as a separate entity. They’re trained to solve issues, like a plumber or a mechanic, without thinking about the long-term consequences of their actions.
Science has proven, however, that what happens in the mouth can have far-reaching consequences. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the case of gum disease, which has recently been linked to a growing variety of inflammatory disorders, including some cancers. A history of gum disease was linked to a 43% and 52% greater risk of oesophageal cancer and stomach cancer, respectively, according to US researchers. One reason could be because nitrate-reducing bacteria stimulate the creation of endogenous nitrosamines, which are known to cause stomach cancer, as a result of poor dental hygiene and gum disease.
The key to optimal dental health, as always, is to encourage the beneficial bacteria while keeping the bad ones in check. Gum disease can be prevented by maintaining adequate dental hygiene. After each meal, brush and floss your teeth. At Assure A Smile, we recommend dental cleaning every 4 to 6 months to keep teeth and gums healthy, and help lower your risk of developing certain cancers.
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