Holistic Dr. Victor Zeines, DDS, discusses the issues presented in this, his most recent article, “The New Factor in Heart Disease, Stroke, Cancer, and other Serious Diseases By Dr. VICTOR ZEINES, DDS”, on Friday, March 24, 2017th, from11:30am-12Noon DST. Listen to the broadcast “Live” or “On Demand” … http://tobtr.com/9879547
Scientists are now discovering that bodily inflammation is linked with a host of diseases including heart disease, stroke, lung disease, cancers, Alzheimer’s, and others.
When your diet is not what it should be, or stress is present, or you have a combination of both of these factors, the body will react. There are a number of bacteria that live in the mouth, some good, some harmless and some harmful. When you are healthy, the bacterial populations are kept in balance. Your healthy immune system has no problem dealing with this low level of harmful bacteria. When your general health starts to change for the worse, the mouth chemistry changes. Minerals that are in solution in saliva tend to precipitate out and form deposits on the base of the teeth. These mineral deposits are called plaque. The harmful bacteria are now finding that the mouth, is a great place to breed and they start to increase in number. The deposits of plaque tend to protect the bacteria which lodge in the pockets around the teeth and the infection process begins.
Gum disease does not go away without treatment and it is a major cause of inflammation in many people. Toxins, or inflammation which are generated as waste by periodontal bacteria get into the blood and trigger the liver to make more C-Reactive Protein (CRP, for short). CRP is more predictive of heart attacks than the bad LDL cholesterol. While a CRP value of under 1 mg/liter is considered normal, a value of 2-3 triples your risk of heart attack and higher values can increase your risk up to seven and a half times!
Elevated CRP levels actually interfere with the process that prevents blood clots, thus causing a higher incidence of blockages in arteries which can result in a sudden heart attack or stroke.
By comparison, bad cholesterol slowly builds up plaque in the arteries which often allows for some advanced warning in the form of pain or weakness.
People with the top 25% of CRP scores develop 2.5 times as much colon cancer as those in the bottom 25%. Also, CRP is implicated in Alzheimer’s. Seniors with the highest 1/3 of CRP levels had significantly more cognitive decline than those in the bottom third.
Clearly it pays to know your CRP number, if your CRP is high, the causes need to be determined and corrected to reduce your number.
In addition to gum disease, bodily infections such as a urinary tract infection, high blood pressure, smoking, lymphoma, and even being overweight can contribute to elevated CRP levels. Since periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease and is capable of elevating CRP levels, we normally request this blood test for any of our patients diagnosed with periodontal disease. My office is part of The Centers for Dental Medicine which has developed a groundbreaking protocol for the diagnosis of periodontal disease and the treatment of periodontal disease and its associated negative impact on overall health.
We are able to quickly reduce periodontal inflammation And in so doing, we can significantly reduce the CRP level to a non-harmful range in almost all cases, unless there is another systemic factor contributing to the elevation.
If your CRP number is high to begin with and remains high after periodontal health has been established, we will collaborate with your physician to review and monitor your results and make sure that you do not have other problems as well. Proper diet and supplementation is a must!
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Dr. Victor Zeines, D.D.S., M.S., F.A.G., F.I.N.D.
New York City Office
57 W. 57th St., Suite 1008
New York, NY 10019
3103 Route 28
Shokan, NY 12481