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Periodontal Disease and Bone Loss
As you age, you lose bone around the teeth. A sign of this is loss of the gingival tissue or the "long in tooth" look. This is called Periodontal Disease or Osteoporosis of the mouth.

In Orthodontics, teeth move through resorption and deposition of bone; therefore, we must keep the bone healthy to have successful orthodontic results and prevent bone loss in the future.

How do we do this?

We move teeth slowly, not rapidly. We do not use heavy pressure.

The use of biophosphates by women has proven to cause hip fractures by making the bone more brittle. In fact, if you take this drug, you cannot have dental implants.  Like smoking, fosamax is a contraindication for dental implants as osseointegration of the implant with the bone may be compromised.  Anyone taking fosamax, should discuss this with their physician. I do not recommend this prescription medicine.

I do recommend the following diet, vitamins and nutrients:
grass fed beef and pork, free range chicken, ducks, and eggs, organic green vegetables
raw milk and raw cream products from known farms
Avoid sugar in your food even the hidden sugars like bread and pasta.
Vitamin D or lots of sunshine
Horsetail for the silica

These are only some suggestions.  It is most important to eat healthy organic food and a minimal amount of sugar!
Health Tips & Interesting Articles

Osteopathic treatment is an integral part of assisting the body in making an orthodontic correction. The proper alignment of the teeth is dependent on a correct relationship of the upper jaw (maxilla) to the lower jaw (mandible).

To make changes in tooth alignment requires changes not only in relationship of the maxilla to the mandible but in complex relationships of these bones to several other bones of the face and skull. All places where bones come together in the skull, have the capability of motion, more in childhood than in adulthood. This small amount of motion is essential to a successful orthodontic correction.

Osteopathic cranial treatment assists orthodontic correction by helping all the bones of the skull adjust to the orthodontic changes.

Margaret Sorrel, DO
Orthodontics and Cranial Adjustments
Here is a link to a New York Times article on the advantages of eating fats over carbohydrates:

New Study Favors Fat Over Carbs

Dr. Stanley recommends a low sugar and low carb diet as promoted by the Price Pottinger Foundation.


Caution: Dental Sealants Often Used in Children and Other Composite Resins Contain BPA--the same component of PLASTIC! 

Journal of Dentistry 41 (2013)
Bisphenol-A release from dental pit and fissure sealants:
The twenty-four hour release of BPA from dental materials existed in patients with multiple or large restorations. Resin-based dental materials may represent a significant source of BPA. BPA can interact with alternative endocrine receptors as thyroid hormone receptors. BPA was classified as a reproductive toxic substance, a significant risk factor for human fertility. 

Alternatives: Use gold in place of composite resins or, better yet, practice immaculate oral hygiene and proper diet (low sugar and low carb, NO SODA - diet soda is just as bad) to avoid these harmful filling materials.    

Studies Link Diet Soda To Higher Health Risks
Many Americans have been attempting to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. This includes switching from typical sugary beverages to diet drinks. This has been happening more and more over the last few decades. As soon as everyone realized the dangers of soda and the high sugar content, the switch was straight to the cans of diet soda. But is diet soda even worse than standard soda? Does diet soda increase your risk of having a stroke or developing dementia?

A new study was published by Matthew Pase, a neurologist at the Boston University School of Medicine, looking into the relationship between diet soda and health complications. The study was published in the journal, Stroke, and has brought this subject to the forefront of everyone’s mind.

Pase’s study concluded that there is a link between diet soda and increased risks of dementia and stroke. Individuals who drink diet soda daily are almost three times more at risk, over 10 years, compared to individuals did not drink diet sodas. The risk for increased illness includes “a higher risk of ischemic stroke” as well as the most common form of Alzheimer’s, known as dementia. This study observed 2,888 individuals over the age of 45 to determine risk for a stroke. A separate 1,484 individuals were studied for the possibility of dementia. This second group were individuals over the age of 60.


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