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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Tooth and Claw

The well-groomed modern contemporary and well-read businessman is no more well-groomed than his hat and boots, says attire expert John T. Molloy, author of Dress for Success. But that goes also for the teeth, and the structures of the teeth that support the body in its campaign to achieve optimal health. No one can achieve this health without having teeth that support the body in its quest, and this is why the practice of dentistry is so important today, in modern times, when carbohydrates are everywhere and people are drinking soda and eating bread, potatoes, and cereal, drinking high fructose corn syrup and jamming themselves full of high carbohydrate substances which can cause not only obesity and diabetes but also heart disease, stroke, and cardiac arrest, as detailed in Gary Taubes' Good Calories, Bad Calories. What can we do to deal with the situation, especially in light of the horrendous harm that sugar and carbohydrates can cause in the structure of enamel? Make sure you avoid fluoride. Research shows that having poor teeth may lead to heart problems,1 although the association may not be causal.2

References
1. F DeStefano, R F Anda, H S Kahn, D F Williamson, and C M Russell. 1993. Dental disease and risk of coronary heart disease and mortality. BMJ. March 13; 306(6879): 688–691. (Accessed July 27, 2008.)
2. K. J. Joshipura, E. B. Rimm, C. W. Douglass, D. Trichopoulos, A. Ascherio and W. C. Willett. 1996. Poor oral health and coronary heart disease. Journal of Dental Research. Vol 75, 1631-1636.

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