It's Not Just Your Teeth!


Published: 03/13/2015

by Dr. Victor Zeines, DDS


What if there was a way to tell if you have a vitamin or mineral deficiency?  If  you have a compromised immune system?   Does the body give us clues about our general health long before we would normally sense those conditions?

 Yes it’s called your mouth.

 Your eyes may be the window to your soul but, your mouth is the mirror of your body. Think about it!  Your mouth is the only internal organ we can see. When you open your mouth, we can see your tongue, your gums and your teeth, all of which can give us a great deal of information about your state of health.

Charles Mayo noted, that people who keep their teeth live an average of ten years longer than people who do not.  

Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, said in her address of 2000: you cannot be healthy without oral health”.  

A study from the Michigan School of Dentistry associates poor dental health with “early death from any cause”.

Periodontal Disease – It’s not just your teeth

 According to The American Dental Association, over 60% of people over 35 suffer from some form of periodontal (gum) disease. You may think you do not have a problem, but that may not be true. Periodontal disease is not as benign as we used to think; it’s related to over forty other disease including:                      

Heart Disease -  Fatal heart disease was twice as common in those with periodontal infection

Stroke - If your gums are infected, you triple your risk of having a stroke  So why would gum disease cause such severe problems?

Diabetes - Studies show that treating Periodontal disease may reduce a diabetic’s blood sugar levels.

Premature, Low Birthweight Babies - Woman with dental infections were 3 times more likely to have premature, low-birth weight babies than women with healthy teeth and gums.

Obesity and Weight Loss - Periodontal disease is one of humankind’s most common chronic infections. Bacteria from gum disease may interfere with fat metabolism, leading to elevated LDL cholesterol and totalhealth.  

Osteoporosis - As dental bone density decreases, so does hip bone density. 

Pneumonia and Respiratory Diseases - Pneumonia and lung abscesses can result from the same bacteria that cause periodontal disease.

Cancer - “In January 2007, a Harvard University School of Public Health study uncovered a strong correlation of advanced gum disease in men to a 63% higher incidence of pancreatic cancer. Cancer risk increases when gum disease is present. Even the presence of moderate gum disease contributed to an overall 14% increased risk of cancer. These include lung, kidney and blood cancers in both smokers and non-smokers. Chronic advanced gum disease was the most frightening – with an additional fourfold increase in head and neck cancer for each millimeter of related bone loss around teeth”

Periodontal disease may result from the following:                                                            

- Not getting the proper nutrients in your diet

- Not properly absorbing nutrients  

- Excessive stress - Studies have shown a positive relationship between periodontal diseases and psychological factors such as stress, distress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness

- Hormonal imbalances- some glands may not be functioning properly

 Warning Signs Of Gum Disease

- Brushing causes bleeding gums

- Bad breath,                                                                                                                                          

- Soft Swollen or Tender gums                                                                                                   

- Pus appears when you put pressure on the gums                                                               

- Loose Teeth                                                                                                                      

- Receding gums                                                                                                                          

- Your bite changes due to teeth shifting                                                                                

- Gum disease can also manifest without any visible symptoms


Recommended nutritional  support for your mouth

Suggested morning drink:

  • Hemp Almond or rice milk
    Vital Boost, 1 scoop    

While there are many adequate nutritional supplements available. I developed Vital Boost for myself and my patients because I wanted a multi-vitamin and mineral super food that would be a rich source of immune enhancing, anti-aging nutrients supporting normal function and structure in our electro-magnetically polluted environment. Also it’s a simple fact that you cannot get the nutrients you need from food. Weird, but true. This formulation is also designed to help promote a health mouth. When you consider people with gum disease are four times more likely to get heart attack or stroke. It becomes more important to have a good superfood. I’m also not fond of powders that tasted like grass.  Vital Boost is a pleasant tasting powder that can be taken with any water or any juice. I take Vital Boost with hemp or almond milk. It’s a delicious breakfast and helps keep my weight down

Add to morning drink:

  •   Goji berry powder 1/2 tsp. Nutrient rich to enhance health

  •   Maca powder 1/2tsp Supports the endocrine system

  •  Whey protein 1 scoop High quality source of protein

  •  Flaxseed powder 1/2tsp Good source of Omega Fatty Acids


About the Author:

Dr. Zeines has been practicing Holistic Dentistry for the past 25 years.

He is the author of”Healthy Mouth Healthy Body” “Living A Longer Life- Naturally” and  “Your Tongue Never Lies”  He is also a contributing writer for Rodale’s The Herbal Drugstore, and he makes regular appearances on radio and television.  Dr. Zeines is one of the contributors of the film “Food Matters.”  Dr. Zeines hosts the “Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body” show on