We are all trying to become healthier people. Sometimes the least likely decisions can have a great impact on your overall or systemic health. Systemic means that we are looking at all of the systems in your body and not just the system in question. So how do you make healthy choices?
We know that the oral health system actually impacts almost all of the other systems of your body! Poor oral health has been linked with heart disease, several forms of cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and preterm delivery of babies.
We have some great news! You can make decisions for your dental health that will also benefit the other systems of your body! That’s right, the decisions you make in our office can positively impact the rest of your health! Let’s take a look at some examples.
1. Removing Amalgam Fillings
If you’ve been around the block a time or two, you are probably the not-so-proud owner of an amalgam filling. That silvery gray filling tucked away in your molars somewhere seems harmless, and some research will agree with you. However, there is a growing number of people who believe that amalgam fillings could very well have a negative impact on your health, especially your nervous system.
The Threat of Mercury
Amalgam fillings are made up of several forms of metal and use mercury as a binding agent to hold the filling together. The filling itself is very strong, but the use of mercury is considered quite dangerous by some.
Just think, you have knowingly added a neurotoxin inches below your brain. If a filling were to leak, it is obvious where the damage would go!
Replacing With Composite Filling
We believe in safely removing and replacing amalgam fillings with a much safer option: composite fillings. Composite fillings are made of resin, which can be a mixture of glass, plastic, etc. The materials themselves are very safe for your body, and the filling remains strong! It is a win-win situation for you to remove the threat of mercury and receive a quality filling.
2. Implants Over Dentures
When you are looking to restore your missing teeth, you have a choice: dentures or implants. You might think that the only thing affected is your wallet, but that is far from the truth. Implants are much safer for your systemic health because they allow you to get the nutrition you need to keep a healthy body!
Making the choice for implants over dentures is a great decision for your systemic health. You will be able to get all of the natural fiber, vitamins, and nutrients needed to maintain a healthy digestive system. It will also benefit your heart and brain health!
You will stay healthier, and you will feel more confident for the remainder of your days because dental implants are a permanent solution! That’s right, your implants will never need to be replaced!
Obviously nutrition is important for your current health, but your future health is impacted as well. In fact, the Mayo clinic believes that patients who are able to avoid dentures will live up to 10 years longer than denture-wearers! That’s a LOT of time spent with your family and loved ones.
3. Drinking Water
We have heard this until we are blue in the face, but drinking water is one of the best health decisions you could ever make! You body needs hydration to run all of your major bodily systems! If you aren’t getting enough water, you are letting yourself down in more ways than one!
Cut Sugar Intake
The primary reason why we are encouraging you to drop your other beverage habits is to cut back on your sugar intake. All of the bathing your teeth do in sugar is not good for your enamel! Sugar feeds the bacteria in your mouth and leads to more decay.
Not only will your teeth benefit, but the rest of your body systems are getting bogged down by the sugar overload as well!
Improve All Body Systems
It’s a well-known fact that your entire body needs water to function at a great level. Every part of your body benefits when you make drinking water a priority. Just think about losing weight, having better brain function, improving your digestion, and having muscles that are more capable of working well!
These are just three examples of how making the best decision for your teeth will also benefit the rest of your systemic health! Contact us today to learn more about this process. We would love to help you make these better decisions for yourself!