Your dentist is not telling you everything. It’s not realistic to think they would tell you everything, but you’d think they’d tell you the important things to increase your longevity, improve your brain function and live a healthier life. You’d think so. Not always true.
Behind the scenes.
It’s been such an eye- and heart-opening experience to interview healers and health professionals on the front lines working with people who suffer from invisible illness. Their compassion, caring, understanding and knowledge are vast and they are changing the world, one person at a time. It’s an honor to capture and share their stories. I’m truly grateful and humbled by this experience and opportunity.
For the past few years, I’ve been seeing a biological dentist who is now also a naturopathic dentist. Two separate certifications that require additional training beyond the traditional requirements for dentistry. That means that she has a deep and broad understanding of dentistry and how your dental care impacts your entire health.
We found some time to interview Dr. Taylor from Green City Dental for the Invisible Illness documentary. Never before would I have thought that a dentist could provide new insights and answers in ongoing health struggles. The mercury amalgam debate is just one ongoing issue that often divides traditional and naturopathic dentists.
I’ve been on a mission to have my mercury fillings all removed and we just have one quadrant left. If you’re going to tackle having yours removed, please make sure you are working with a biological dentist who uses a safe protocol. You can see part of the setup in the image above. The dentist and assistant both wear protective gear, including a full on gas mask. Every measure should be taken to protect both you and the dentist from any mercury fumes throughout the entire process.
Dr. Taylor’s passion about health and wellness, especially when it comes to dental care, is contagious. Every time I have the chance to talk with her, I learn something new. She told us her number 1 recommendation for dental health and the answer might shock you.
It’s diet. Number one way to take care of your mouth is by what you choose to put into it. Bottom line. You can not get away from the importance of being mindful about what you eat. Not even when it comes to dental care.
Another top recommendation is using a water pik and adding something to it like Lugol’s Iodine (8-10 drops), salt water or ozone infused water. I use all 3 at different times. The goal is to kill the bad bacteria that like to hang out in your mouth.
At Green City Dental, you get to relive your middle school science class days with slides and microscopes. A plaque sample is taken and then it’s evaluated under the microscope which is connected to a large screen. (You can see her reviewing my slide in the left side of the image above.)
The plaque sample shows what type of bacteria are making their home in your mouth. Yeah, it’s kinda gross to think about and even more so to see, until you start cleaning it up. Then it’s amazing to see the difference.
What the Research Shows
- Up to 50 percent of heart attacks are triggered by oral pathogens.
- Six oral spirochetes (a type of bacteria in the mouth) appear to cause Alzheimer’s.
- P. gingival is an oral bacterium that raises the risk for a heart attack by 13.6 times – that is twice the risk of a heavy smoker.
- Periodontal disease is as big a risk as high blood pressure is for strokes.
- Oral bio-film (plaque that surrounds your teeth) and impacts cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.
The numbers tell us what can happen. The slides you see at the dentist make you change your habits right away. Can’t wait to release the Invisible Illness vignette with Dr. Taylor. So many great soundbites and words of wisdom.