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Research indicates that cavities are associated with poor mental health. For example, elderly individuals with dementia or Alzheimer's disease had an average of 7.8 teeth with fillings vs. an average of only 2.7 fillings for elderly individuals without dementia .
It is likely that the toxic heavy metal mercury, which makes up half of every amalgam filling, is a contributing factor. Another study found that dementia patients had higher levels of tooth decay , and that those with poor oral hygiene and swollen, bleeding gums were more likely to suffer memory problems linked to Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. . Also, the worse the condition of their gums, the higher their risks of memory blanks.
The association between cavities and diabetes is also the subject of active, ongoing research [5,6]. These studies have linked people with diabetes who also have a higher incidence of cavities, with poor overall health and oral hygiene. Further research by the same authors proposed that diets high in sugar and refined carbohydrates were the common cause of these diseases.
Dental diseases, mental diseases, heart disease, and infectious respiratory diseases, associated with being caused by common failures in metabolism, appear to more prevalent when there is a deficiency of essential nutrients, including vitamins D and C.
There is especially strong evidence for a relationship between vitamin D deficiency and cavities [7-16]. Dozens of studies have been conducted and more than 90% of the studies concluded that supplementing children with vitamin D prevents cavities.
Vitamin D is a super-nutrient essential for many bodily processes and as well as for dental health. Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to respiratory infections, cancer, Parkinson's disease, diabetes and many other ailments. Other vitamins such as Vitamin C and niacin (vitamin B3) have also proven to benefit dental health.
Improving Dental health
Good oral hygiene is an important factor in keeping teeth and gums healthy. Therefore it is important to brush your teeth regularly and thoroughly and not to eat after cleaning teeth at bedtime, as salivary flow decreases as we sleep. Saliva in the mouth is capable of rinsing acid from the teeth, therby protecting it from damage caused by acids. Also, the more time bacteria has to metabolize fermentable carbohydrates, produce acids and cause a drop in salivary pH, the greater the negative effect on your teeth.
Try to limit the amount of time your teeth are exposed to the acid produced by the bacteria in your mouth. You can do this by keeping your teeth clean, by eating less of the foods that bacteria proliferate on, and by reducing the frequency of eating.
To reduce the time teeth are exposed to these factors, it's important to:
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