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In this issue, we probe the importance of oral health.

At Pure North S’Energy Foundation we believe the most effective way to ensure a long and healthy life lies in prevention. It’s a belief that guides everything we do.

It turns about that mom was right about having clean teeth, but she probably didn’t fully realize the vital importance of oral health.

We now know that the mouth is the gateway to the body. Practising good oral hygiene, getting proper nutrition and avoiding exposure to mercury vapour from dental amalgam (silver) fillings have a huge impact on your overall health, now and in future.

Skip daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits, and the bacteria in your mouth can flourish, causing gum disease and tooth decay. That oral bacteria can also seep into your body, contributing to heart and lung disease. It can even cause problems in utero as mothers with poor oral health run a higher risk of having premature births and low birth weight babies.

At the other end of the age spectrum, new research is showing that oral bacteria from gum disease may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

To help you brush up on oral health, we’ve compiled a handy checklist. Read about the growing body of scientific evidence warning about the continued use of toxic mercury in our mouths, and meet an Alberta dentist on a quest for truth and safety in dentistry.

Did you know?

After completing dental treatment, Pure North participants have seen a 40% improvement in anxiety, depression, headaches and memory loss