Why are GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) front and center in many of our articles? It’s because GMO’s cause an inflammatory situation in the body, and inflammation is one of the basic causes of gum disease, the next topic to be discussed. GMO’s are genetically engineered to have pesticides as part of their makeup. Genetic engineering helps the crops survive doses of pesticides, but does not protect the end consumer who ingests them.
The consumption of foods that are by nature inflammatory adds to the toxic overload that our bodies are so vulnerable to in this polluted environment. Fluoride, mercury from the environment as well as from dental materials, water tables that have been polluted by medications, chemicals from cleaning and personal care products: these are just a few of the sources that add to the mix. The body’s channels of elimination: the skin, large intestines, liver and kidneys become overworked and plugged up and the inflammatory response becomes chronic.
That is when we start to see bleeding gums, one the first symptoms of gum disease. That is also why a holistic dentist, a practitioner concerned with a holistic view of the body, an approach that views the body as whole, is so concerned about GMO’s.
For a more comprehensive view of the role that inflammation plays in gum disease, ‘leaky gut’ syndrome and problems associated with the brain like Alzheimer’s disease and stroke, please view the following video:
Please note that the video discusses food sensitivities to gluten, dairy and legumes as dietary challenges leading to inflammation. However sensitivities brought on by eating the commonly found GMO’s in corn, soy and canola may also be contributing factors in the inflammatory cycle. The video mentions that the brain, gums and intestines are all integrated together by the vagus nerve, which serves as a pathway between all three. This may lead to chronic conditions over time that are forseeable and preventable with proper diet and dental care.
Carey O’Rielly DDS has been a practicing dentist for 35 years. He went to USC Dental School and Duke University for his undergraduate degree. He grew up in Laguna Beach and now lives in La Costa with his wife Victoria, who runs his office.
He began his career by owning and operating a network of six offices in the San Francisco Bay Area. Presently he owns a private holistic practice in North County San Diego’s Encinitas.
Dr. O started looking for solutions to his health challenges that resulted from the stress and environmental toxicity that built up over a ten year period running his dental network. He has dedicated himself to learning about oral systemic problems and how dentistry can affect your health. He has applied what he has learned over the last twenty years to ensure he, his staff and his patients are protected from the chemicals and toxic materials found in most dental offices. He has produced an environmentally friendly office that is also peaceful and calm.
He is an expert on dental materials having looked at hundreds of biocompatibility lab tests over the years. He has identified the most bio-friendly materials to use in his practice and which dental materials can be used to replace metal fillings and crowns, including BPA free and fluoride free ‘white’ fillings. He also uses metal-free Zirconia or ceramic implants and PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) grafting materials which come from the patient’s own blood.
Dr. O’Rielly teaches C.E. courses on the systemic effects of gum disease. He is an expert in using phase contrast microscopy for analyzing dental infections, where he shows patients what kind of microbes, i.e. bacteria, amoeba, and yeasts like candida are populating the mouth and affecting the body as a whole.
He has an educational blog and is writing a book on dental health called ‘Hidden Dental Infections: Healing Root Canals and Infected Teeth with the Erbium Laser’ where he discusses dental nutrition, toxic dental materials and the effects of old root canals on inflammation and overall health.