The number one cause of chronic, deteriorating health is chronic, body-wide inflammation. The number one cause of chronic, body-wide inflammation appears to be a “Pro-inflammatory Diet”. We observe inflammation daily in the form of periodontal (gum) conditions, including easy bleeding around the teeth. We also see signs of general inflammation expressed by sore muscles, headaches, Temporomandibular (TMJ) conditions, arthritides, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
We are committed to screening all our patients for dietary factors of inflammation. We have several means for supporting your nutritional health including:
- A recommended reading list (such as The Deflame Diet)
- Nutritional vitamins and supplements (dentalwellness.idlife.com)
- Integrative medicine coaching
- Nutritional seminars
- In-house Nutritionist
We will be happy to discuss nutrition with you and give you
guidance to achieve optimum health with minimum inflammation.
“Probiotics” can be defined as the right bacteria, in the right place, at the right time. Our bodies are full of bacteria; in our mouths, digestive tract, and on our skin. We host approximately the same number of bacteria and cells, somewhere around 40 trillion of each! Needless to say, it is very important to keep a strong balance of healthy bacteria versus some of the unhealthy ones that may enter our bodies. We call the unhealthy bacteria “Pathogens”. These are the wrong bacteria, in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
One way to keep the “culture” of our bodies healthier is by taking probiotic supplements.
We work with two types of probiotics in our practice:
Oral Probiotics- These are designed to flood the mouth with healthy probiotic bacteria that combat the pathogenic bacteria that cause tooth decay and periodontal disease. We call it,”sending in the good troops to overpower the enemy troops”. It can be compared to a vaccine for cavities and gum disease. We currently use a product called EvoraPro, developed by a renowned microbiologist at Harvard Dental School. EvoraKids and EvoraPet are also very popular!
Probiotics for the GI Tract- The GI tract often gets out of balance bacterially, which can result in various conditions such as Leaky Gut Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, chronic bad breath, hormonal problems, brain affects, weakening of the immune system, etc.
The gut can also get out of balance due to the use of antibiotics. Antibiotics kill bacteria but do not target yeast and fungus which are also present in the intestinal tract. This can result in fungal and yeast infections. Whenever an antibiotic is prescribed, a probiotic should be taken to repopulate the digestive tract with probiotic bacteria. This is important for you to remember anytime you are given an antibiotic, for any reason, by any doctor.
We will discuss probiotic therapy with you at appropriate times, as we care for both your oral and whole health.
Probiotics alone will not ensure a healthy whole body “culture”. Nutrition is extremely important. This includes reducing refined carbohydrates (sugar, flour, white rice), bad fats, preservatives, added chemicals, and fried foods. Add fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, Activa yogurt, and kefir. Avoid toxins- like nicotine, control stress through physical activity, and take individually designed nutritional vitamins & supplements.
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