Begin dental visits early. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child see a dentist by his or her first birthday. At this visit our dentist will check for cavities and developmental problems. We will give you proper hygiene instructions and discuss the effects of your child’s diet on the dentition. At the end of the appointment we will make any necessary treatment recommendations.
Children are usually ready to learn how to brush their teeth by age 2 or 3. But you still must brush any spots missed by the child. Usually children don’t have the coordination to do it by themselves until age 7.
Make brushing a daily routine, but keep it enjoyable. For example, brush with your child or let him or her use a colorful toothbrush.
Previous studies have found the incidence of heart disease is about twice as high in people with periodontal (gum) disease, but until recently no plausible cause has been suggested. Now studies indicate that the most common strain of bacteria in dental plaque may cause blood clots. When blood clots escape into the bloodstream, there is a relation to increased risk of heart attacks and stroke.
People with periodontal disease (over one half the adult population) have an infection that causes chronic inflammation of the gums. Also, it is a path for these bacteria to enter the bloodstream.
A recent study describes the association between heart disease and gum disease to be at least as strong as the linkage of heart disease to cholesterol, body weight, or smoking.
Vitamin D and calcium from dark leafy vegetables like kale and collard greens are good choices. Keep in mind the thought “everything in moderation”. Remember the occasional “pleasure food” is OK but a balanced diet, exercise, and good sleeping habits all contribute to our overall health and well being.
Conventional medicine is mostly built on drugs and surgery, not prevention. So be your own doctor and read all you can to gain knowledge. However, beware of Google searches, you may get good and bad information. The following books are a good place to start: “The Smart Patient” by Michael Roizen MD and Mehmet Oz MD., “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell PHD(2006), “The Natural Prostate Cure and Zen Macrobiotics” by Roger Mason(2004).
A future of reduced cancer, heart disease, diabetes and auto immune diseases is a real possibility. This future is worth working for, so, drink plenty of water, exercise daily and eat smart!
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