I have known for some time now from first hand experience that the health inside one’s mouth directly effects the overall health of our bodies. It was a couple of years ago when I began my body, mind, and soul transformation from a couple of decades of drug addiction and alcoholism. The journey has really been all encompassing, but now that I have a bit more clarity I have been able to look back through the experience and observe things from a Health Counselor’s mind. My approach to Health Counseling and Nutrition Consulting is definitely a holistic one which is precisely the reason I have been able to identify what has helped me and what has hurt me through the process of recovery. Beginning to see a highly qualified dentist at the very beginning was one of the best decisions I could have made.
I know today that a significant contributor to my newfound health was taking care of the years of neglect inside my mouth. But why is it that tending to dental issues actually makes my whole body more healthy? When I began the process I had no idea what the answer to this question was. Today, after my training to become a Holistic Health Counselor, I get it. I am a big picture kind of guy, so I will try to explain in a big picture kind of way.
I know this may sound nasty to some people but try to think of the mouth the same way we think of the gut. In terms of bacteria. Our mouths are virtual breeding grounds for bacteria and enzymes. The good news is that most of this bacteria is the good kind, much like a healthy gut. If we are in good health, the good bacteria far outnumber the bad in our mouths and guts. However, if the opposite is true, we have some problems. The enzymes in our mouth are counting on the good bacteria to do it’s job so that we can begin the process of digestion as we actually chew. An overabundance of bad bacteria inevitably leads to inflammation which leads to infection. What we know today is that bacterial inflammation has impact throughout the entire body. So yes, an inflammation in the mouth due to bacterial infection will travel through our bodies and and weaken our immune system. And I’m not talking about just higher risk of catching a cold or the latest flu. It can be far more serious like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even alzheimers. If you don’t believe me take a look at what the Mayo Clinic had to say about it.
Taking care of my teeth did a lot of incredible things for me. First and foremost it was really nice to look at my smile again in the mirror and feel good about it. The benefits we get in terms of our self-esteem simply from being able to smile again in public without embarrassment cannot be measured. I know what that feels like. But the benefits to the rest of our body are even more important in the long run and the good news is that it really isn’t that much work. Brush, floss, rinse, eat a good clean diet, and see a dentist at least once a year. I consider my dentist to be a saving grace in my life today, literally. She has gone above and beyond each and every time I visit. If anyone reading this lives in the NYC area and needs to see the best in the business, check out their facebook page here and contact them immediately!!