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 MEDICAL DENTISTRY

Good dental function is significantly associated with ...
better brain function,
better vision,
better hearing,
better lung volume,
better heart volume,
better muscle strength,
better bone mineral content,
less heart attacks,
and longer life.


(SOURCE: British Medical Journal--1989)
(Community Dental Oral Epidemiology--1990)
Your Jaws ~ Your Life (page 30)

Your teeth support your jaws
and help to keep your airway open.

 

Dr. Charles H. Mayo was a well-known and well respected medical authority in the 1900s and one of the founders of the distinguished Mayo clinic. Interestingly, he saw back then what medicine has overlooked for so long. He observed the clinical association between bad teeth and bad health, and the importance of good teeth good health. In 1934, Dr. Mayo said, "It is the little things--infected teeth and tonsils, for instance-that cause most of our serious ailments." He also reportedly said, "A healthy mouth can add 10 years to your life."

D. Page, D.D.S.
Your Jaws ~ Your Life (page 31)

 

SLEEP APNEA

Sleep-related breathing disorders ranging from habitual snoring to airway resistance and airway obstruction, along with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), are now recognized as major health problems.  Non surgical dental jaw treatment can help some people with this problem.

 

High Blood Pressure

Early diagnosis and treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders may make patients feel much better, (something anti-hypertensive drugs do not always do), and may reduce blood pressure and prevent the progression of renal (kidney) and cardiovascular (heart) damage as well.

 

(SOURCE: Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation — 1997)
Your Jaws ~ Your Life (page 76)

Hypertension, known as high blood pressure, continues to be a leading cause of death. Most hypertension occurs for unknown reasons, and it is usually progressive. Dental jaw treatment can help with this problem and may one day be a chief means of therapy and prevention.

Oral devices (dental mouthpiece appliances) worn during sleep effectively help to keep the airway open at night. This helps to maintain proper oxygen levels in the blood, which then helps to reduce blood pressure.

D. Page, D.D.S.
Your Jaws ~ Your Life (page 77)

 Tonsils & Adenoids

Hypertrophy (enlargement) of the tonsils
and adenoids is the most common
cause of obstructive sleep apnea in children.

(SOURCE: International Journal Pediatri Otorhinolaryngology--1987)
Your Jaws ~ Your Life (page 84)

 

Enlarged tonsils and adenoids can cause chronic airway obstruction and chronic health problems such as bad breath, frequent illness, snoring, bad swallow habits, breathing problems, crooked teeth and jaws, facial deformity, fatigue, sleep disorder, sleep apnea, poor health, high blood pressure, right-side-heart enlargement (cor pulmonale), slow growth, unseen heart damage, heart failure and death.

 

D. Page, D.D.S.
Your Jaws ~ Your Life (page 85)

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