Chronic inflammation I – “Environmental dentistry” reveals source

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If you suffer from allergies, diabetes or inflammatory bowel disease, you should definitely consult an “environmental dentist”. The reason: All of these diseases are accompanied by systemic inflammation of the body – triggers are often found in the mouth. When these are eliminated, your overall health condition will improve.

Those who have no diagnosed illness but are constantly tired, drained and also suffer from food intolerances should also be checked. These signs can be warning signals of chronic inflammation. And of course, those who feel healthy should also take precautions: A look into the mouth is always worthwhile – for excellent health and daily power without inflammation.

“Environmental dentistry”: Health through holistic approach
“Environmental dentists” believe that a healthy body is based on intact teeth and excellent oral health. The new discipline of dentistry specialises in detecting and removing sources of inflammation. This way, it relieves the entire body and alleviates chronic inflammations. The dentists work in a holistic manner to achieve this. They not only look inside the patient’s mouth, but also at his/her health as a whole. They not only take into account existing diseases, allergies and intolerances, but also clarify symptoms that could lead to them. To prevent chronic inflammation and to keep the patients in good health, “environmental dentistry” uses only organic materials that are free of metal and amalgam.

Chronic inflammatory diseases: Epidemic of the 21st century
Chronic inflammatory diseases have increased rapidly in industrialised countries. The number of people affected has increased ten to 15-fold over the last 50 years. It is particularly worrisome that more and more children and young people are affected. Diseases include asthma, type 1 diabetes, rheumatism, periodontitis, multiple sclerosis and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. What these diseases all have in common: They are based on systemic inflammation, which is a major driver of the disease process. In order to improve the condition of patients, it is therefore necessary to eliminate or at least reduce chronic inflammation.

Acute inflammation: Defensive reaction of the body
Inflammations belong to the biologically relevant and necessary defensive mechanisms of the body. When pathogens such as bacteria and viruses or foreign substances such as metals and splinters enter the body, the immune defence becomes active. It aims to eliminate the existing danger as quickly as possible in order to initiate the healing of the damaged tissue. Acute local inflammation is therefore a necessary consequence of the body’s immune reaction. Its symptoms are usually distinct and only last a few days. In the case of a cold, for instance, the nasal mucous membrane swells up, and in the case of a splinter in the finger, it hurts and becomes hot and red. In chronic inflammations, on the other hand, the symptoms are diffuse and cannot be clearly associated. Therefore, patients may live with a chronic inflammation for months or years without it being detected.

Chronic inflammation: Emergency program is continuously active
Chronic inflammation causes the immune system to get out of control. It is no longer able to distinguish between real dangers and comparatively harmless stimuli. The immune defence fights against all influences and can no longer tolerate stress, environmental toxins or inflammation in the mouth. The emergency program “Inflammation” is in continuous use and attacks everything that affects the body. These so-called triggers, which are manifold nowadays, continue to fan the flame of inflammation, once ignited.

Autoimmune diseases – When the body fights itself
If this condition persists over a long period of time, the immune system can even attack its own cells if hyperactivation continues. This is then a matter of autoimmune diseases. However, to prevent chronic inflammations from becoming a breeding ground for more serious secondary diseases, it is important to take the first signs seriously and track them down in good time. The best way is to consult a holistic practitioner, who will take your entire state of health into consideration. An “environmental dentist”, for example, can detect and eliminate sources of inflammation and triggers in the mouth.

Environmental burdens drive inflammation
The chronic struggle of the immune system can be ignited and kept going by sources of inflammation such as amalgam or other foreign substances. Chronic inflammations can also develop from an incompletely healed infection, such as in the tonsils or the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, the constant exposure to foreign substances such as gluten (in cases of intolerance) or nicotine can act as a trigger. In most patients, many factors contribute to a persistent inflammatory condition. These can range from plasticisers to bacteria to sleep deprivation. In today’s environment, the body has to deal with an ever-increasing number of stresses and stimuli. This is one reason why more and more people are affected by chronic inflammatory diseases. However, with just a few precautions and simple tips, you can reduce the triggers while strengthening your immune system (link to part II: “Prevent inflammation and strengthen the immune system”).

Denture materials and dead teeth in the spotlight
Compared to environmental influences or foodstuffs, denture materials are particularly important. They act continuously on the body. Any kind of material can be incompatible in individual cases and can promote chronic inflammation. Since each body reacts differently, it is crucial for “environmental dentists” to find the right material and the best individual therapy option for each patient as a prophylactic measure. However, not only can plastics, metals or ceramics be triggers, undetected dead teeth and neglected root canals also have an effect on the entire body.

Identify symptoms and prevent disease
As there are no specific symptoms such as pain, redness or swelling in chronic inflammations, inflammation can spread gradually and quietly throughout the body. Patients often feel stricken, suffer from muscle pain, night sweats and can no longer tolerate certain foods. The signs are unspecific and can be many and diverse. Patients often try to fight the symptoms alone or with the help of appropriate specialists. Many also get so used to the discomfort that it becomes a normal part of their everyday life. Systemic inflammations are therefore often only recognised through secondary diseases.

To avoid this, listen to your body and watch out for symptoms. Also, have your dental and oral health checked regularly – especially if you have root canal teeth or fillings. You can find out here how to avoid inflammation triggers in the best possible way and how to strengthen your immune system.