Our Dental Care Philosophy

We believe that the majority of us are born with evolved, body systems that repair and maintain our general health. For example when we break a bone, within days, our body has already begun the process of knitting the break and leaving the bone stronger than before. So, how we interact with these systems directly impacts our overall health and longevity.

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The Ecology of the Mouth

The human mouth contains around 500 to 1000 types of bacteria that have various functions. While some of the bacteria in our mouths are harmful and can cause illness, much of our oral bacteria are actually beneficial in preventing disease. These bacteria work with our immune system to keep our bodies disease free. For example, some of these bacteria produce organic acids that kill the organisms that cause intestinal problems.[1] Without these good bacteria, our immune systems would be constantly bombarded by airborne and saliva-transferred germs.

Bacteria are also needed to control the growth of fungus. A “balance between all the different bacteria and fungus are critical” or else the “fungus overgrows and takes over.”[2] So, ironically, though bacteria have the potential to harm us, our mouth and the good bacteria in it are the body’s first line of defense.

Although bacteria plays a major role in oral ecology, another key part is saliva. Saliva keeps the ecosystem of our mouth in balance. It contains its own bacterial enzymes that protect us from harmful diseases.[3] In addition, saliva contains phosphate and calcium ions that help repair microscopic chinks made in the teeth by the bacteria’s acid.[1] Although saliva does a lot to keep our bodies healthy, it cannot completely keep all bacteria from adhering to tooth, tongue or gum surfaces. A cleanser that does not impact the evolved ecology of the mouth can be used to enhance the mouth’s natural ability to care for itself and the body.[4]

References
1. Stevens, Jane E., and Jack Desrocher. “Oral ecology.” Technology Review (00401692) 100.1 (Jan. 1997): 48. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. 10 Oct. 2008
2. Dentist Robert Gandola. Email correspondence. Wikipedia. 15 Oct. 2008.
3. DePaola, Dominick P., Frederick A. Curro, and Domenick T. Zero. “Saliva: The Precious Body Fluid.” J. Am. Dent. Assoc. 139.suppliment 2 (2008): 5S-10. 10 Oct 2008
4. Dr. Gerard F. Judd, “Good Teeth Birth to Death.” in Perfect Prescription For Your Teeth, Karen Van Cleef, 2004.