The mouth-body connection explained by dentist in Carlsbad
By Al A. Fallah, DDS, MICCMO, AIAOMT Home of Exceptional Dentistry
Historically, dentistry has been handled completely independent of other healthcare – almost as if the mouth were not part of the body. Symptoms of oral problems were addressed, without regard to their cause. There was little or no consideration for the impact of dental health or treatment on the whole patient. That is no longer the case, in the care of the dentist in Carlsbad who takes a biological approach – Dr. Al A. Fallah.
The mouth affects the body
The mouth is an important gateway to the body. Through it we take in nourishment and oxygen. It gives us sensory perception and communication. Everything that goes into the mouth has a ripple effect, and the majority of health problems show in some way in the mouth.
Here are a few examples from perspectives of both wellness and disease:
- Bacteria that cause gum disease are linked to systemic illnesses such as heart attack and stroke, diabetes, respiratory problems, osteoporosis, and some types of cancer.
- Strong, healthy teeth allow you to eat nutritious whole foods.
- TMJ disorders lead to headaches and migraines.
- Those who are happy with the appearance of their smiles use them often, releasing feel-good chemicals in the brain that boost natural immunity.
Health problems also have a dramatic impact on oral conditions. Stress is a major contributing factor in TMJ. Diabetics are more likely to experience gum disease. Certain illnesses, medications, and therapies (such as chemo and radiation) cause problems with teeth and gums.
The role of the biological dentist
As a holistic dentist, Dr. Fallah helps patients understand and balance the full circle of the mouth-body connection. It is truly the best way to enjoy oral health, whole body wellness, and the associated emotional benefits every day.
New patients are welcome – call 760-576-2779 to schedule an appointment.