Surely every child now knows that sugar is bad for our teeth. Bacteria adhering to teeth love sugar as food and produce acidic metabolic products with its decomposition, which attack the tooth enamel. This is also why it is so important to regularly remove bacteria by brushing thoroughly. However, not only the notorious perpetrators attack the tooth enamel and prepare the way for cavities. The same applies for alternative sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup. What counts is the sugar content. For this reason, chocolate with a high cocoa content (70-90 %) can be healthier for your teeth than honey. Therefore, if you cannot forego sweets, you should reach for "high-percentage" chocolate and eat it at one time if possible and then brush your teeth sometime later. Artificial sweeteners contaminate our bodies unnecessarily with chemicals and are thus not an alternative.
Unfortunately, many things that belong to a healthy, vitamin-rich diet damage our teeth. This applies, e.g. to fruit juices, apples, citrus fruits, etc., the fruit acid of which attacks the tooth enamel. Of course, this is no reason to avoid fruit. You should just adhere to certain rules.
Only strong teeth with durable tooth enamel can endure the everyday attacks by food, bacteria and mechanical burdens. Indeed, tooth enamel is regularly softened during meals; however, it can harden again through the saliva. Therefore, teeth urgently need regeneration phases between meals. Accordingly, three meals are more sensible than the previously-recommended snack between meals. Blood-sugar and insulin levels, and often the physique, also benefit from this. You should be mindful of the following for a tooth-healthy diet:
- Fruit and fruit juices should really be eaten and drank at the three meals and not in-between.
- Drink some water after every meal or rinse your mouth out.
- To ensure that the tooth enamel softened during meals does not unnecessarily suffer, you should not brush your teeth until 30 minutes after the meal.
Teeth and gums need regular care with a toothbrush, floss, etc. To ensure that the teeth and gums remain healthy, we also need essential nutrients. Many vitamins like vitamins A, D, E, K, C and certain B-vitamins, including folic acid, minerals (particularly calcium) are essential for teeth and mucosa. Teeth and gums need sufficient amounts of these and other vitamins and minerals in order to achieve their full strength and stability and to be able to perform their functions optimally. The best source for these minerals and vitamins are fresh fruit and vegetables as well as whole grain products. Moreover, dietary supplements can increase the vitamin and nutrient level. When choosing dietary supplements, you should always bear the quality in mind. Foregoing burdensome additives like colouring agents and preservatives, the most natural possible vitamins and a hypoallergenic composition are important quality criteria of a good dietary supplement.
Itis Protect®: an award-winning periodontitis treatment concept
Our natural approach to the treatment of periodontitis using Itis Protect® is based on 25 years' experience of treating chronic disease. While treating people for intestinal, back or knee joint problems, we noticed that inflammation due to periodontitis often cleared up as well. So for the past twenty years, here at our natural treatment centre for general medical problems, we have been receiving patients with advanced oral inflammation who are in danger of losing their teeth.
In 2011, following the development of a therapy specifically designed for diseases of the periodontium, a study of this simple three or four-month treatment concept was published. The study had been carried out in a group of patients with chronic aggressive periodontitis (the most advanced form) who in the past two years had had at least four standard treatments involving antibiotics or other methods without seeing any improvement.
In recognition of his work on periodontitis and peri-implantitis, our clinical leader and consultant physician Peter-Hansen Volkmann received the prestigious CAM Award 2013 from the health minister for Düsseldorf.
The award recognised the important contribution Dr Volkmann has made to regulatory medicine. In the study concerned, he and his colleagues were able to show how even chronic, treatment-resistant periodontitis could be treated successfully via the intestines using an orthomolecular approach.
The study results convinced the jury and helped us to develop Itis Protect® I to IV as a supplement to a balanced diet and as an integrated, holistic treatment concept.
In 50% of these subjects, all of whom had an advanced form of the disease, the inflammation readings for aMMP-8, an enzyme that destroys tissue, were completely normalised within 12 weeks. Within 16 weeks, 60% of subjects showed the same result – i.e. tissue loss and pocket formation were halted. The periodontium was healed and aMMP-8 activity reduced to the healthy 'green zone' of < 8 ng/ml (see diagram below).
Further operations or probiotic treatment were unnecessary. Even the remaining 40% of subjects showed a reduction in inflammation, as measured via aMMP-8 levels.
The accompanying purification of the intestines was equally convincing and accorded with the reduced levels of aMMP-8 in the tooth neck as a measure for the reduction of tissue loss.
In 2013, the aMMP-8 study was assigned the CAM Award in Düsseldorf by the health minister. Then, at the beginning of 2014, here at hypo-A we refined the treatment concept as a user-friendly dietary supplement. It is now available as a packaged, four-stage blister pack supplement programme, with each stage designed to be taken over 28 days. This simple and effective four-month treatment is therefore easy to take and follow through, for clinicians as much as patients.
This innovative natural treatment programme comes with its own 12-page periodontitis brochure that provides an easy-to-understand explanation of chronic illness, its development throughout the body and how it can be treated biologically. Order by fax or by email and hypo-A will send you the patient information. Below you will find the contents of the brochure. Clinicians can receive specialist information, along with copies of the patient information for their practices, on request.
Itis-Brochure: comprehensive complementary therapy for supporting the immune system during periodontitis
to be available for download (2,62 MB)