Poor oral health, inflammation of the gums (periodontal disease) is a well researched risk factor.
Poor oral health is correlated with increased risk to develop dementia and triples the risk of heart attack according to research published in science mag and available on the American association of cardiologist website. It is also well known that mercury amalgam (aka silver fillings) can release overtime a significant amount of mercury (just by chewing or drinking hot drinks).
If you have 5 or more mercury containing fillings in your mouth you are at risk to develop a disease related to mercury poisoning. Mercury is a known neurotoxin. Consider seeing a biological dentist to have them removed safely. This is particularly important if you are planning to conceive as fetuses concentrate mercury during pregnancy.
In a 2014 Cochrane review, Deery and colleagues analyzed roughly 50 studies that compared powered and manual toothbrushes in terms of their ability to prevent plaque buildup and gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. Powered brush reduced plaque formation by 22% compared to 11% using manual brush.
For good oral health, there’s no substitute for thorough and regular brushing. That means brushing twice a day, minimum, and ideally after every meal. Research on mouthwash is not conclusive enough to strongly suggests that it should be a part of you dental hygiene routine.
Dr. Jean-Marc Sobczyk is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in the state of California and a Medical Doctor trained in France and England, he focuses his practice on Environmental Medicine and Nutrigenomics and health optimization. You can find him on Instagram and Facebook and see him in person in his office located in Santa Monica, CA