The Mouth-Body Connection by Gerald P. Curatola, DDS

The Mouth-Body Connection is a must read Рwhether you are suffering from chronic disease, or just want to bring your health to a new level, the information and insights in this book can help. Dr. Curatola has brought together thirty years of dental experience along with the latest science and developed a program for oral and body health  called The Curatola Care Program.  As detailed in the book, the program consists of learning about the natural micro-biome of the mouth, the hazards of inflammation, and the role of diet, exercise and stress reduction.

For thousands of years traditional Chinese medicine has known to look at the tongue and the mouth as an indicator of a patient’s overall health. Dr. Curatola notes this, adding that now modern science has caught up with ancient wisdom. The author writes, “The mouth acts as a mirror and a gateway and reflects what is happening in the rest of your body, and the health of your mouth appears to have a profound impact on the rest of your body.”

As The Mind-Body Connection makes clear, chronic, low grade oral disease can sometimes result in serious disease throughout the body, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, COPD, some cancers, obesity, and more. According to Dr. Curatola, educating ones self about the role of the mouth’s biome – the good bacteria – is critical. Unfortunately, the recent overuse of anti-bacterial products that “kill 99% of germs” has had unforeseen consequences, including killing the beneficial bacteria as well. (And if you think your “natural” toothpaste or mouth wash are better, you may have to think again!) Just as we’ve recently discovered the importance of gut health, we now learn that maintaining a healthy bacterial balance in the mouth is critcal. Following the author’s 28 day program as outlined in this informative book is a sound and effective way to do it.

 

by Cheryl Shainmark
Cheryl Shainmark is a writer and editor living in Westchester, New York. A long time contributor of articles and book reviews, Cheryl is now a senior editor and a regular columnist at Merlian News. When she is not reading, reviewing, or dreaming about books she can be found playing with cats of all stripes at her quiet country retreat.