Plastic Microbeads in Toothpaste- What?!

The company, Proctor & Gamble, will be removing the polyethylene microbeads from its Crest toothpaste line. This comes after a dental hygienist spoke about finding the blue plastic pieces in patient’s gums, which can trap bacteria in the gums and can lead to gingivitis and even periodontitis. Although the ADA suggested that clinical studies show that the microbeads do not pose a health risk, many dentists and hygienists in the United States had noticed these microbeads in people’s gums. That doesn’t sound good now does it?

Your tooth brush and floss are some of the most important tools that you can use to lower your risk of cancer and other diseases. If you use them in the proper way, you can lower the chances of death by cancer up to 80%. Although the medical community has known about the influence that good oral health can have on the body, many people still don’t realize how vital having healthy gums and teeth really are.

An observational study published by the British Medical Journal Open online proposed that gum disease (periodontitis) may have a far more severe effect on the body than we even imagined. The Swedish researchers found that there is a link between excessive dental plaque and premature cancer death. Levels of bacteria that are higher correlate with increased risks of dying, up to 13 years earlier that would normally be expected. Of course, scientists believe that further studies would be required to prove a relationship between oral health and cancer, but other studies have also shown similar findings and suggest a strong link between the two. Some experts even claim that 1 out of 5 cancers are caused by chronic inflammation and bacterial infections, which are also the primary causes of gum disease.

Triclosan is found in many different products, including soap, antibacterial wipes, toys, clothes, cuttings boards, and many other places. This chemical, though, has some potentially harmful effects. Studies involving animals have shown that some bacteria that are exposed to triclosan may become resistant to antibiotics, and has raised some concern about its effect on fertility. Even more troubling is the suggestion that it increased the risk of cancer. For humans, the research has shown that this harmful chemical can affect hormones and interfere with proper fetal development.

Good Morning,

Today’s blog is a true life story. Dr. S had an illness in the early 1980s that worsened when he took a conventional medication. He went on a quest to recover his health.  He attended seminars on alternative dentistry and medicine and saw 16 different health care practitioners. He made many discoveries during his quest. Be it conventional or alternative care, he found that many offices did not take time to listen to the patient. Some doctors gave a medication, prescribed an herb or did an adjustment without getting to know the person.  Of the sixteen practitioners that he saw, three made a huge difference.  One doctor was a cranial osteopathic physician who took the time to listen, and her healing hands created a shift that can still be felt today. The second was a dentist who took out all of his silver amalgam fillings, resulting in an immediate and profound change in his symptoms. One symptom in particular was ice cold hands and feet which went back to normal overnight. The third doctor was a physician who deeply listened to him and then helped him learn to meditate and bring fun back into his life. This is the story of my recovery, which took a year and a half. The learning has lasted a lifetime. I became a constant student of the body, mind and spirit. I explored many types of body work by having treatment. Acupuncture, cranial sacral treatment, reiki, feldencrias, massage, various types of physical therapy, chiropractic, trigger point therapy, homeopathy, Chinese herbal treatments, rebirthing, yoga, qi gong, affirmations and others were all part of my quest. I learned from German physicians and dentists about electroaccupunture and energy medicine. I also studied with the best dentists who were on the same path. I’ve distilled the essence of my ongoing learning into my work.   I created a dental practice that was about more than just the teeth, a practice in which all of my team members work for a common goal: your overall health and well-being.  As well as a dental practice we are a resource center to help people look better, feel better and be healthier.