DENTAL TREATMENT IN SYSTEMIC DISEASES
Dentists have been described as “diagnosticians” since the time of the Egyptians. Even at that time, the hieroglyphic font represented the dentist and the medical doctor separately. We can easily understand the importance of dentists in general health from these definitions.
We have all often heard the saying “The mouth is the mirror of the whole body”.
Did you know that sometimes when you go to the dentist for any dental problem, you can actually have a lot of information about the health of your body?
We dentists, as Ibn Sina said “There is no disease, there is a patient” and since we know the importance of the mouth in the body, we see that the body is a whole and the oral environment is a messenger to us by experiencing different patient experiences.
For example; Your veneers have been replaced and you have redness and bleeding in a local area in your mouth that does not go away despite the normal healing process. This may indicate that you have allergic problems in your body.
If you have had general dental treatments and you have pain that does not go away despite the expected average healing time, you may have a fibromyalgia problem.
Especially in eighty percent of our patients who have problems with the bite of the whole jaw, we often see that there is also a problem in the spine. This situation can also progress in the form of unilateral or bilateral tooth loss causing spinal problems.
Delay in the healing process observed after surgical procedures (wisdom tooth extraction, implant surgery…) or abnormal tissue healing in our patients,
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Vitamin K deficiency
- It makes us think that there is a suspicion of diabetes or a problem with healing factors.
In such patients, we prefer to work together with our partner physicians.
We have some patients who come to us with complaints of persistent toothache. These patients may have been examined by several dentists and no problem was found in their teeth, or the teeth referred by the patient with pain complaints may have undergone root canal treatment, but the pain may still not go away. In such patients, we take a detailed patient history (anamnesis) and after questioning conditions such as migraine, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, we refer them to our partner physicians.
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DIABETES AND ORAL AND DENTAL HEALTH
In individuals with diabetes, if diabetes is not under control, this condition triggers gum disease. It can accelerate the formation of dental caries by causing dry mouth. Regular physician follow-up, hemoglobin A1c control and, if necessary, regular ila. Its use is very important for us.
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ORAL AND DENTAL HEALTH IN PEOPLE WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE PROBLEMS
One of the questions that our patients often ask us is “Hocam, I have a blood pressure problem, can I have an implant or tooth extraction?” The answer to their question is of course you can. The important thing here is regular physician control and regular use of your medications within the framework of your physician’s guidance.
In addition, since some blood pressure medications may cause dry mouth and/or bleeding in the gums, a diet rich in fiber-rich foods should be recommended to compensate for the caries-forming effect of dry mouth.
WHAT IS INTESTINAL FLORA? WHAT HAPPENS IN OUR BODY WHEN INTESTINAL FLORA IS DISTURBED?
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR OUR BODY TO BE ACIDIC? WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN OUR BODY BEING ACIDIC AND OUR ORAL AND DENTAL HEALTH?
Our mouth structure, our teeth, our gum tissue are connected to our whole body system. Our saliva tells us more about our body health than we realize.
Our patients often tell us,” I brush my teeth and do my oral care, but my gums still bleed.” Have you ever thought about why this bleeding occurs?
Normally, the pH of our saliva varies between 7-7.1, that is, it is neutral.
The sweet foods and drinks we eat during the day, carbohydrate-heavy foods such as pastries, bagels, bread, etc. lower our mouth pH from 7.5 to an acidic value of 5.5. As acidity increases, conditions such as dental caries and gum diseases are observed.
Normally, our blood pH is neutral. Disorders of the intestinal flora, excessive sugar and carbohydrate-based nutrition (all foods that contain flour, all packaged foods), the amount of heavy metals, which is mostly vaccines (in the past, vaccines were made under mercury pressure), living in areas with high air pollution and amalgam fillings in the person.
If the acidity value is high in a person, caries, gum diseases (gingival recession and calculus) and bad breath are especially observed in the mouth. Corrosion (wear on the surface of the material) of amalgam fillings and old worn metal-supported coatings in the mouth increases. If the pH is low, i.e. acidic (pH < 7), corrosion will definitely increase. As corrosion increases, conditions such as thyroid diseases, gum diseases, caries, migraine, headaches can be observed.
Since the acidic nature of our body hardens the collagen that makes up our main tissue, gum recession and therefore tooth sensitivity are observed.
In order to reduce erosion, the person’s diet should be regulated and heavy metals should be gradually excreted from the body. This is why Vegatest helps us in this regard.
The analysis of a tube of blood taken from the person will provide information about the food sensitivities, the acidity level of the body, the disorder of the intestinal flora and the necessary arrangements can be made.
As corrosion increases in the person, the degree of corrosion of the restorations in the mouth increases due to the increase in the degree of acidity. It is possible to count amalgam filling among these restorations. Corrosion caused by the acidic environment in the mouth increases the amount of heavy metals in the person as it increases the flow between amalgam filling, gold filling, metal coatings.
The intestinal flora contains beneficial bacteria necessary for our body. While there are normally 10 to 13 beneficial bacteria in our body, the bacteria living in our intestinal flora ensure the functioning of enzymes in our body and the absorption of vitamins. Beneficial bacteria, which we call probiotics, form a protective layer on the surface of the intestine, giving our intestine selective permeability. This prevents the body from becoming acidic by keeping the pH of our blood and saliva neutral.
Therefore, a healthy intestinal flora, an oral flora with a neutral pH (7-7.1) is a must for our general and holistic health.
At this point, a personalized diet and probiotic support, if necessary, is very important in balancing our oral and dental health.
The body informs us about everything; sometimes a condition that looks like a wisdom toothache can be an ear infection.
Therefore, correct diagnosis and planning are very important in observing the well-being of our patients.
The body is a whole and evaluating the whole body together is very important in this sense.
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