The Impact of Nutrition on Oral Health

bigstock-picture-of-beautiful-girl-with-42165736Poor oral health can affect our appearance and self-esteem, and has been linked to sleeping problems, as well as behavioural and developmental problems in children.  Poor oral health can also affect our ability to chew and digest food properly.  Maintaining good oral health involves keeping our teeth free of cavities and preventing gum disease.

What are dental cavities and gum disease and their resulting health implications?  Dental cavities are a result of tooth decay. Signs of decay include discolouration or erosion around the crown or root of a tooth.  In infants, there is a form of tooth decay known as baby bottle syndrome.  This results when a baby falls asleep with a sugar-filled juice bottle in his mouth.  The sugars combine with plaque to promote bacterial growth that eats away at the surface of the teeth and then causes decay.

Plaque is sticky deposits of bacteria, mucus and food particles that adheres to the teeth. The accumulation of plaque causes the gums to become infected and swollen.  As the gums swell (gum disease i.e. gingivitis), pockets form between the gums and the teeth then act as a trap for more plaque.  Gingivitis eventually can result in the erosion of the bone that supports the teeth.

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Parasites – A New Understanding

My children have had parasites get out of control a couple of times, usually following our fun vacations in Mexico.  Each time, I have treated their parasites naturally and brought their systems back into balance.  Recently, I was diagnosed with parasites that I determined had been plaguing me since 2006!  These parasites had caused me to gain weight, experience fatigue and react to food like never before.  Just last week, I got the parasites under control. I am so excited by how fantastic I feel that I decided to write about these nasty little organisms that can take over anyone’s body.

Parasites are “organisms that derive food, nutrition and shelter by living in or on another organism and do not contribute beneficially to that organism.” Pathology and Nutrition by Lileana Stadler Mitrea MD ND.

Allergies: Disease in Disguise by Carolee Bateson-Koch DC ND explains that probably no other factor has been so overlooked by doctors in North America than the incidence of parasites. The book states that parasitic infection causes toxicity, tissue damage and a weakened immune system.

Common symptoms of Parasitic Infestation include:

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