Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Gum Disease Promotes Cardiac Risks

Wednesday, 02 Apr 2014 10:57 AM

By David Brownstein, M.D.

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Research has shown that fermented carbohydrates lead to excess growth of oral bacteria which can cause decay on the teeth. Excess sugar in the diet also increases growth of bacteria responsible for dental plaque formation.
 
Such buildup of dental plaque can eventually lead to an outbreak of periodontitis, a serious gum infection that destroys the tissue and bone (jaw) that supports and surrounds the teeth. Untreated periodontitis leads to loss of teeth and inflammation throughout the body. It has also been linked to an increased risk of stroke, heart attacks, and heart disease.
 
Periodontitis can be effectively treated simply by improving dental hygiene. A dentist can tell you how to manage and even get rid of the disease.
 
Correcting nutrient deficiencies also helps alleviate periodontitis. Vitamin C deficiency can cause scurvy or a scurvy-like condition that manifests, in part, as periodontitis.
 
All periodontitis-suffering patients should be supplementing with 2,000 to 5,000 mg of vitamin C each day. Coenzyme Q10 is very helpful for those with periodontitis. I suggest 100 to 300 mg a day if you have the disease.
 
When a tooth becomes infected, the tubules, roots, and the periodontal ligament are usually contaminated. Dentists feel they can “drill out” the infection and pack the roots to sterilize the tooth.
 
However, even in the best hands, there are far too many tubules to sterilize. Nearly 100 years ago, Dr. Westin A. Price, a brilliant dental researcher, reported that it was impossible to completely sterilize infected teeth.
 
In the October 2009 issue of Natural Way to Health, I wrote about my strong objection to root canals. I stated that a tooth treated with a root canal was still likely to harbor an infection. The dental treatment on an infected tooth does not remove all the bacteria from the tubules or the pulp chamber.
 
Because I have seen many patients who have had systemic illnesses improve after the removal of a root canal-treated tooth, I do not recommend this procedure. In fact, I don’t even understand the dental philosophy of treating an infected tooth with a root canal.
 
A root canal involves removing the nerve and blood supply to the tooth. After the procedure, you are left with a dead tooth in your mouth, with roots leading to the bone marrow of the jaw. These dead structures are perfect breeding grounds for bacteria. It is better to remove all the dead tissue and clean out the area as best as possible.
 
I am aware that many dentists, including many holistically oriented dentists, do not agree with my recommendations. But until someone explains the wisdom of leaving a dead, infected tooth in the jaw bone, I will stand by my statements.

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