Taking care of your general health and your, mouth is the key to making the most of your smile.
The teeth are part of the body system and not just tools for shredding food. When teeth are diseased, it affects other organs and bodily functions. Many chronic diseases are caused by dental problems. This is especially known for diseases such as neuralgia, chronic sinusitis, headaches, back and joint problems.Therefore, dentistry is an integral part of biological medicine. Almost every medical condition is accompanied by a dental disorder. For example, in breast cancer, a large proportion of cases are accompanied by chronic inflammation of the teeth, so-called “foci”. It is not the exception, but the rule that dental health is crucial for the recovery of patients.
We recommend that you have a dental check-up every 6 months, but some people may not need to go so often and others may need more frequent checks.
- Your dentist will suggest when you should have your next check-up based on how good your oral health is.
- The time between check-ups can vary from 3 months to 2 years, depending on how healthy your teeth and gums are and your risk of future problems.
Why do I need a dental check-up?
A check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy. Leaving problems untreated could make them more difficult to treat in the future, so it’s best to deal with problems early, or, if possible, prevent them altogether.
What happens during a dental check-up?
- Examine your teeth, gums, and mouth.
- Ask about your general health and any problems you’ve had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit.
- Ask about, and give you advice on, your diet, smoking and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits.
- Discuss the date for your next visit.
How often should I have a dental check-up?
After your check-up, your dentist will recommend a date for your next visit. The time to your next check-up could be as short as 3 months or as long as 2 years (or up to 1 year if you’re under 18)Generally, the lower your risk of dental problems, the longer you can wait before your next check-up.So people with good oral health will probably need to attend only once every 12 to 24 months, but those with more problems will need check-ups more often.
The history of dental practice is another crucial factor. Western dentistry invented mercury amalgam fillings about a century ago because dentists of the time found amalgam easier to use and much less expensive than gold. Unfortunately for patients, the mercury was unstable and leached into the body, providing a steady diet of heavy metal toxicity. Heavy metals impair immune function, block the regulatory functions of the body, and create endless inflammation.
A second historical factor is the emergence of the “Western diet”, with its heavy emphasis on sugary food and drink combined with artificial ingredients, toxins, and xenoendocrines. Besides directly promoting tooth decay, this diet lacks nutrition and promotes inflammation – both factors that impair gum health – and leaches mercury from amalgam fillings. The modern epidemic of periodontitis is a direct consequence of the Western diet and its related toxins.
Another so-called “innovation” was the development of “root canals” to treat infected roots of teeth. These treatments leave behind infections that are small in scale but cannot be healed because they occupy tissue that is unvascularized – that is, beyond the reach of blood vessels and so chronic and incurable. These “foci” of infection distract the immune system and drain it off with strength and at the same time, they contribute to chronic inflammation.
The most recent wave of “innovation” was the rise of dental implants. The more modern implants were made of titanium, which is usually not highly reactive inside the body but is a source of focal inflammation for most patients. Unfortunately, for many patients titanium creates a more acute reaction, contributing to inflammation and impairment of the immune system. Many patients are initially not very sensitive to titanium in the mouth, but become reactive over time. Not surprisingly, about 50% of all such implants fail within 10 years, which usually results in inpatient health problems.
Biological medicine gives patients the solution to all these problems. We help the medical patient deal with his or her corresponding dental disorders – just as we help the dental patient heal his or her related medical problems. With our biological dentistry, we help to improve their health and performance through healthy teeth. We offer the full range of modern biological dental diagnostics and dentistry.