The Link Between Oral Health and Diabetes

The Link Between Oral Health and Diabetes

The Link Between Oral Health and Diabetes

The link between oral health and diabetes may be stronger than you think.  A recent study from the School of Dentistry, University of Michigan provides a brief summary of the scientific evidence for the often two-way links between hyperglycemia and oral health. 

The Link Between Oral Health and Diabetes

Diabetes occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to create insulin, or when the body can’t make good use of the insulin it does create.

Not being able to produce insulin or use it effectively can lead to serious health problems.  Studies have shown it’s the leading cause of new cases of adult blindness, loss of lower limbs not trauma-related, kidney malfunction and gum disease. 

How is Diabetes Related to Gum Disease?

Gum disease or Periodontal disease is a serious infection of the gums that can damage the soft tissue and destroy the bone that supports your teeth. 

People who have gum disease may experience higher levels of plaque and bacteria causing chronic inflammation, bleeding, pus, tooth loss and bone loss. The plaque found on your teeth is home to more than 300 different species of bacteria.

Periodontal disease, though common, is largely preventable. The leading causes for gum disease are poor oral hygiene and/or a serious medical condition such as diabetes.  

How Do I Watch for Gum Disease?

Schedule regular appointments and cleanings to ensure bacteria is not building up under the gum line. This is extremely important for people who have diabetes and will benefit greatly from a healthy, clean and infection-free mouth. 

And to help prevent gum disease, your daily routine should include brushing and flossing at least twice a day and/or after every meal. 

How Can My Dentist Help?

People who have diabetes are more prone to gum disease because of a compromised immune system.  If gum disease goes untreated, infections can set in, making blood sugar levels rise and harder to control, even with blood sugar medicines.  A dentist will be able to diagnose gum disease in the early stages to prevent the condition from becoming serious.  

Please call Dr. Abeyta at (505) 293-7611, or Contact us by email, to schedule your New Patient Experience with Dr. Abeyta.  Her team is honored to partner with you in caring for your oral and overall health.

What Studies Have Shown Us About the Mouth – Body Connection

What Studies Have Shown Us About the Mouth – Body Connection

What Studies Have Shown Us About the Mouth – Body Connection

What studies have shown us about the mouth – body connection and how we can maintain our oral health to improve our overall health.  Below are findings from studies that show the connection between our body and mouth.

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Floss Your Way to Healthy

A recent study at the Mayo Clinic linked oral bacteria and inflammation, caused by gum disease, to a variety of health conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Low Birth Weight
  • Premature Births
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Stroke

To help prevent gum disease, floss twice a day.  Visit your dentist for regular cleanings and for early stages of gum disease use a specifically formatted toothpaste designed to improve gum health.  

To combat gum disease, find a dentist who offers Laser Periodontal Therapy (LPT™). A laser is used to remove the inflamed and infected gum tissue and also allow for better access to the root surfaces so that they may be thoroughly cleaned with Piezo ultrasonic scalers and hand scalers.

Brush Your Way to Health

At any time there are approximately 500 different types of bacteria in your mouth.  Most of them are good.  Some of them are not!  Bad bacteria sticks to your teeth, forming plaque. 

Plaque attacks your dental enamel causing periodontal problems or gum disease. Keep your teeth free of plaque buildup by brushing for two minutes, twice a day. 

A recent study at American Academy of Periodontology found that flossing before brushing may be the ideal sequence for the most thorough removal of dental plaque.  

Chewing a stick of sugarless gum can also help fight harmful bacteria. 

Eat and Drink Your Way to Health

According to the Pajama Sam study, “You are what you eat from your head to your feet”.  Did you know the most significant contributor to tooth decay and gum disease is sugar?  By limiting your sugar intake such as sports drinks, sodas, sugary snacks you can avoid cavities and keep the protective enamel on your teeth around for a long time. 

If you are feeling thirsty or dehydrated, drink water.  Even hunger can be a sign of dehydration.   

Eat foods that are healthy for your teeth and gums such as:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Teas rich in polyphenols
  • Nuts
  • Whole Grains

At Dr. Abeyta’s dental office, they always stress the importance of taking care of your teeth so the rest of your body can stay healthy too.  They can’t wait to see what research uncovers as science and technology progresses each year.  Remember, giving your mouth the same attention that you give the rest of your body is going to promote a long and happy life.  Call today to schedule your appointment at (505) 293-7611.

The Goals of Holistic Dentistry

The Goals of Holistic Dentistry

The Goals of Holistic Dentistry 

The goals of holistic dentistry are to support and improve the body’s natural abilities to heal and regenerate. Dr. Abeyta and her team believe that dentistry is health and trust centered. She practices an integrative approach to create a beautiful smile as well as a healthy functioning body. 

Traditional Dentistry vs. Holistic Dentistry

The Goals of Holistic Dentistry. Men lying in a dentist chair. The dentist is not visible but they are holding a laser.

Fillings

Holistic dentistry uses a minimally invasive approach when treating cavities or during other dental procedures. This approach helps maintain as much of the natural tooth as possible which is essential for tooth functionality and strength.  

Non-Toxic Materials

Most traditional dentists still use amalgam fillings. Amalgam is a mixture of metals that may contain mercury and copper.  Amalgam or “silver” fillings have been linked to neurological disease, autoimmune and reproductive disorders.  Holistic dentists use toxic-free materials that are healthier for the tooth and overall health. In addition, holistic dentists are trained on how to safely remove and dispose of toxic metal fillings.

Advanced Technology

Holistic dentist’s offices are now equipped with the latest technology such as the Fotona Laser, digital imaging and 3-D printers.  Advanced technology like laser therapy assists holistic healing by producing less inflammation, increasing growth, being less invasive and decreasing pain.  

Getting To the Root of the Problem

Holistic dentists don’t just “fix your teeth”.  For example, if your teeth are being worn down, a traditional dentist may suggest crowns.  A holistic dentist will figure out why you are grinding your teeth.  What if TMJ is causing the issue?  Dental crowns are NOT going to fix your TMJ or tooth grinding.  In fact, it could worsen it.   

Immune System

Holistic dentistry promotes the understanding that your dental health is intertwined with your overall body health. Did you know Gum disease has been linked to such things as diabetes, heart disease, premature birth and other seemingly unrelated issues?  A big goal for holistic dentists is to keep your immune system strong.

Receive Holistic Dentistry in Albuquerque, NM

If you’re searching for a holistic dentist in Albuquerque, NM Dr. Abeyta can help you with all your dental needs.  She offers everything from preventive care to cosmetic and restorative treatments. Contact her office at (505) 293-7611 today to book an appointment.

 

What is Holistic Dentistry

What is Holistic Dentistry

What is Holistic Dentistry?

 

What is holistic dentistry and how does it differ from traditional or general dentistry?  A visit to a traditional dentist typically includes a cleaning, an examination, x-rays followed by a plan to fix any oral conditions.  A visit to a holistic dentist will include all of the aforementioned plus advice and guidance for your overall health and well-being.

What is Holistic Dentistry

Let’s Talk About ‘Holistic’

Holistic medicine recognizes that an illness in one area of the body can negatively impact health in other areas.

The guiding principle of holistic dentistry is to treat oral problems by focusing on all aspects of health. This includes an individual’s physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

Other names for holistic dentistry include biologic dentistry, alternative dentistry and integrative dentistry.  No matter the title, dentists that practice this approach are dedicated to improving oral health by focusing on overall health and well-being.

How Does Holistic Treatments Vary from General Dentistry?

A holistic dentist will focus on proper habits for teeth cleaning, flossing and oral hygiene, using non-toxic products.  Regular teeth cleaning and dental checkups are essential.

Holistic dentists will use non-toxic filling materials in cavities and suggest any toxic materials in your teeth be removed and replaced with a safer material. 

Many holistic dentists use a type of sedation that induces an altered state of consciousness to minimize pain and discomfort during a procedure. Patients, who receive conscious sedation usually are able to speak and respond to verbal cues throughout the procedure, communicating any discomfort they experience to the provider.

Thanks to advanced technology many holistic dentists are using laser therapy for faster, pain free, and more effective care. 

What Type of Questions Will A Holistic Dentist Ask?

An area that will be discussed in great detail is diet and nutrition. Holistic dentists are trained nutritionists who understand there is a significant link between the food we eat and oral and overall health.

Other areas may include:

  • Use of Tobacco 
  • Alcohol Consumption
  • Exercise Routine
  • Daily Stress Levels

How Can I Find a Holistic Dentist?

There are only a handful of dentists in Albuquerque, NM that offer holistic dentistry as it requires a unique set of skills and training.

If you feel that holistic dentistry is of interest to you and you would like to learn about its many potential benefits contact Dr. Abeyta’s office at (505) 293-7611. 

BPA in Dental Products

BPA in Dental Products

BPA in Dental Products 

BPA in dental products; are they harmful and are there other options?  Wholistic dentists, like Dr. Abeyta, understand that your Dental Health is absolutely intertwined with your overall body health. 

Here’s what you should know about composite fillings, sealants and the risk of BPA exposure. 

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What is a BPA? 

BPA or bisphenol A is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1950s.  They are found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. They can also be used in other products such as dental sealants and composites. 

What are Side Effects of BPA Exposure? 

Studies have linked exposure to: 

  • Reproductive issues 
  • Neurological problems 
  • Childhood Asthma 
  • Type 2 Diabetes 
  • Cardiovascular disease 

And for our children, where sealants are recommended for those who are at high risk of tooth decay, studies have shown a wide variety of problems, including early puberty and metabolic disorders such as obesity.   

Are There Alternatives? 

Yes!  Not all composite resins contain BPA derivatives. There are many holistic alternatives that can be used for patients and their children who prefer to limit BPA exposure. 

Another option are ceramics. They are PBA free, broadly biocompatible, and can be used for crowns and inlays. 

What If You Already Have Fillings or Sealants that Aren’t BPA free?  

Don’t worry, unlike mercury fillings, there’s no reason to replace or remove them. Typically, BPA exposure happens when the fillings or sealants are first positioned and while initial BPA levels may be high, they quickly decrease. In fact, a recent study found that after seven days salivary BPA levels were near zero.  

Fluoride released from composites work very similar to BPA.  The main exposure happens at the time of placement and quickly drops. 

Going forward, choose a dentist who provides holistic dentistry to promote optimal teeth / jaw / head / neck structural relationships.  These relationships are vital to support your body in maintaining a strong immune system and structural health. 

To learn more about BPA and related compounds in dental materials, talk to Dr. Abeyta and her staff at (505) 293-7611.  

A Holistic Dental Approach

A Holistic Dental Approach

A Holistic Dental Approach

A holistic dental approach will help you understand how much your dental health is intertwined with your overall health.  Old-time dentistry was not about holistic practices.  And even today, most dentists view the mouth separately from the rest of the body. They are trained to repair and fix problems without considering adverse side effects.

A Holistic Dental Approach

For instance, mercury amalgam “silver” fillings or fluoride, a known neurotoxin, have both been shown to have adverse effects on our health.

Gum disease is another example, being linked to an ever-growing list of related inflammatory conditions. These include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and some cancers.

Dr. Abeyta and her team practice holistic dental health. They focus on diet and watch for nutritional deficiencies that may be compromising your teeth and gums.  They look at a patient’s exercise routine, sleep habits, stress levels, lifestyle, and environmental exposures to toxins.

Holistic dentistry, while providing basic dental care, can eliminate infections, and promote optimal teeth, jaw, head and neck structural relationships.  These relationships are vital to support your body in maintaining a strong immune system and structural health.

Some differences between traditional dentistry and holistic dentistry are:

  • Use of Composite fillings; no longer using amalgam/mercury fillings
  • Consideration of heavy metal issues (electrical and toxic)
  • Multi-disciplinary healthcare (whole body)
  • Innovative client centered therapy options (nutritional, preventative, exercise)
  • TMJ therapy options
  • Diagnosis and treatment of restrictive breathing
  • Digital imagery instead of traditional x-rays
  • Knowing and practicing proper mercury removal

Dentists, such as Dr. Abeyta, are devoted to giving you the information you need to understand both your current health – oral and systemic alike – and how to help you achieve your goal of optimal health.

They look forward to connecting with you. Are there specific oral health issues or holistic dental treatments you’d like to know more about? Click here to watch a video about their holistic practices or contact their office today to make an appointment at (505) 293-7611.