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Top Benefits of Ozone Therapy

Holistic dentistry is all about using safe, natural alternatives to help improve your oral health. Instead of relying upon antibiotics and other harmful materials, a holistic dentist will often incorporate alternative dental treatments, such as ozone therapy, into their day-to-day practice. While there are a number of holistic dental treatment options available, ozone therapy tends to be the one that is most commonly used. To help people understand why ozone therapy is so popular, we will take a closer look at what ozone therapy is and how it works, as well as the benefits people receive when it is used as part of their dental care. What is Ozone Therapy? Ozone therapy takes a naturally occurring element – oxygen – and supercharges it to create a powerful, yet safe and natural product. Once the oxygen is supercharged it turns into ozone. Ozone has been proven to do...
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Why Your Smile Needs Vitamin D

Sadly, approximately half of the adults in the U.S. have some form of periodontal disease and more than 40 percent have a vitamin D deficiency, which increases the likelihood that they will develop cavities and/or suffer tooth loss. If you want to keep your smile shining bright, practice good dental hygiene and make sure you get enough vitamin D.

HOW VITAMIN D AFFECTS THE TEETH

Research indicates that your mouth health can provide a window into your overall health. For this reason, you should never ignore a problem that is affecting your mouth. For example, some of the initial signs of Vitamin D deficiency are bleeding gums and tooth decay. Consuming foods that are high in vitamin D keeps tooth enamel strong and helps fight the harmful species of bacteria that are responsible for gum disease (i.e., porphyromonas gingivalis) and dental cavities (i.e., streptococcus mutans). In addition,...
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How Gum Disease Spreads Throughout Your Body

For years, dentists have suspected a connection between gum disease (i.e., periodontal disease) and chronic health conditions like heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. Today, research is proving that their suspicions were right.

ORAL BACTERIA, CAVITIES AND GUM DISEASE

Although more than 700 types of bacterial species have been detected in the mouth, most people host fewer than 100. While the majority of these species are harmless and even beneficial, there are some that cause tooth decay and periodontal disease. The two most common of these harmful species are streptococcus mutans and porphyromonas gingivalis. These bacteria feed off of the starches and sugars that we eat.

CAVITIES

The by-product of streptococcus mutans is an enamel-eroding acid that eats away at the protective covering of the teeth, the enamel. Once the enamel is damaged, a cavity can develop.

GUM DISEASE

Porphyromonas gingivalis is the bacteria linked to periodontitis. Periodontitis is...
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