Nutrition – Hunger
Any machine we use is dependent upon fuel to operate. Likewise, well-being is dependent on the nature, quantity, and quality of the foods people consume. However, it is increasingly clear the average person thinks that whatever is put into the body through the mouth will adequately feed the body.
Studies after World War I of North Carolina mountaineers found their diets to be largely fat pork, coffee, and grits made of white corn, combined with a liberal use of tobacco, chiefly snuff. Sometime later, studies made in the southern states of Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas showed people were also living on deficient diets. These individuals for the most part were underweight, nervous irritable, and old appearing at relatively young ages. Such poor dietary conditions still exist in a number of areas in America today.
The most striking finding of such studies was the prevalence of serious degenerative diseases. Many homes had one or more bedridden with endocarditis,acute rheumatism and chronic arthritis, and a number suffered digestive and nervous system disorders – not to mention a high degree of tooth decay and pyorrhea.
It has been demonstrated by a number of scientists that deficient diets result in the same diseases as are caused by infections. Dr.Price also made extensive studies of the reactions of animals inoculated with different strains of dental infection bacteria, and these repeatedly produced symptoms and lesions which resemble – to a marked degree – those produced by deficient diets.
Studies demonstrated the immune systems of animals on deficient diets led to more advanced systemic pathologic diseases and, conversely,those on good diets responded less quickly to the onslaught of the introduction of dental infections and had better survival rates. That being stated, it should be said that during Price’s studies it was found that many animals on deficient diets still had a remarkable power of defense against infection, though not equal to those on normal diets. A particular problem of deficient diets was the production of low ionic calcium which, n turn, lowered the animals’ defense to dental infections.
Other Overload Stresses which Increase Susceptibility.
Physical and nervous exhaustion, when it exists for prolonged period, increases one’s susceptibility and reaction to dental infections. Likewise,no one will dispute that the presence of other types of acute or chronic infections such as diphtheria, salmonella infections, candidiasis, syphilis, and other sexual diseases, accentuates the severity of reactions from oral infections.
Alcohol and other drugs are well-known as substances which increase pathologic effects, including those which arise from dental infections and their toxins. Price’s studies revealed alcoholics are more susceptible to streptococcal infection from focal infection sources.
Many people have expressed appreciation of the dental profession and the high interest dentists have demonstrated over many, many years of encouraging the public to adopt preventive dentistry principles and better nutrition in order to save their teeth and reduce the need for dental treatment.
Those who neglect such preventive advice not only find their oral diseases become more extensive, but also that additional dental services they require make their dental expenses much high. Prevention of the need for root canal treatment by early discovery of the presence of tooth decay is a prime example.
Poor diet practices create vitamin and mineral starvation which, in turn,produces overload stress similar to that caused by disease. In addition, deficient diets,particularly those resulting in upset calcium balances, tend to directly lower the body’s defense against dental infections and can severely alter other metabolic. People should adopt good nutritional habits and see their dentist two to three times per year for regular and thorough prophylaxis and examination. The consequent positive overall health effects of such preventive practices are what everyone hopes to achieve.
Copyright (c) 2007 Sung Lee, and George Meinig D.D.S