3 Tips for Safe Dental Care That Can Help Reduce Parkinson’s Symptoms


Caring for our teeth and daily dental hygiene has been ingrained in us to regularly brush our teeth two to three times a day, floss and keep our teeth nice and shiny white. An annual checkup at the dentist does a sufficient cleaning job removing plague build up and keeping our teeth in good enough condition.

When things start to go wrong such as gum decay or major tooth aches we have to confront the dentist to fix the problem and we’ll do anything to get rid of the pain. We may need a filling, a crown, a bridge or a root canal.

Our dental health is an underrated area of our body that doesn’t get enough recognition for how important it is to take care of maybe because of the exorbitant cost of the dental bills.

What happens in our mouth has huge implications that affect many areas of our body and we don’t even realize it. It affects our:

  • Teeth
  • Bones
  • Sinuses
  • Digestive system
  • Heart function
  • Detoxification

For people living with Parkinson’s disease, dental care is essential to manage. It’s another thing to think about coping with daily symptoms of tremors, freezing, balance and speech or non-motor symptoms of depression, anxiety, sleeplessness and constipation, to name a few. You’re probably thinking teeth are the least of my problems. Yet, not necessarily so!

Dental care is a combination of several factors such as eating a nutritious diet to avoid cavities, maintaining the pH balance in our mouth and reducing bacteria/plague build-up. However, past treatments used for caring for dental care is a whole other problem that has evolved over time. The materials used to fix our dental problems that are put into our mouth metal fillings, crowns, root canal. bridges, implants, and the anesthesia too.

The challenge is the body’s ability to detoxify mercury or heavy metals in the products, These toxins are suspected common causes of Parkinson’s disease that impairs cognitive, motor and speech function.

My cousin just informed me that his father who had Lewy Bodies/Parkinson’s had extremely high levels of mercury when he was originally diagnosed. They thought it might be from the amalgams in his mouth because he had quite a few or from the tuna sandwich he ate almost every day for lunch for 35 years! Probably a combination of both!

Metal toxicity disrupts cellular function at all levels specifically mercury.  Within the cell it can destroy the various components releasing lysosomes, damaging DNA and by rupturing the cell membrane. Its effects neurological and reproductive system which has been extensively documented.6

It is super serious and is the known cause of many symptoms people experience every day such as fatigue, sleeplessness, migraines, foggy brain, neurological dysfunctions, motor dysfunction, cancer, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune diseases, digestive issues,  and the list is endless.

You may be familiar with the popular references made in our culture of the effects of heavy metals on our health. There’s a long history….“Mad as a hatter” from the 1800’s from the use of mercury sizing in hat manufacture, “gold fever” from early prospectors, “lead poisoning” from glazes in the ceramics or black humor for “getting shot,” and, more recently, “get-the-lead-out” from trainers pushing extreme exercise to sweat out toxins and reduce fat. While funny, heavy metals have been in our bodies for centuries.

The Role of Dental Care

Metal amalgams were used to fill cavities in our teeth and for creating other dental repairs. The amalgam fillings contain cadmium, zinc, tin, copper, silver and mercury. Metal crowns are a problem with any metal, even expensive gold one which were used for many years. Porcelain crowns may have metals inside them as well as root canals, implants, partials and dentures, all contain some form of metals in them.

Today ceramic fillings are used that are supposed to be free of metal toxins. It’s important to find that out from your dentist what the ingredients are. The most corrosive are the amalgams. They should be removed and for people with Parkinson’s it’s a major threat contributing to further deterioration of symptoms and their overall health.

Build-up of bacteria especially if you’ve had root canal!

When you’re sitting in the dentist chair, you’re in a lot of pain and told you have to undergo a root canal. At that time you’re not thinking what is the dentist putting inside my mouth. Well, you should!

A build-up of bacteria in your mouth can cause infection and be very painful. During the process of a root canal surgery after the root is extracted and gum sewn up, bacteria can become trapped inside and unable to seep out. If an infection occurs, it’s impossible to access and more surgery is required.  The metals and materials used are highly toxic can seep into the body or react to bacteria methylated in the mouth.


1) Go to Biologic Dentist, not your regular dentist

Removing heavy metals is a specialized skill performed by a trained holistic biologic dentist knowledgeable is safe removal. Removal of amalgams must be performed using the dental protocol established by the International Academy for Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT)

2) Remove Amalgams one at a time

It is recommended to remove the amalgams one at a time because of the mercury or vapor (monatomic gas) released from dental fillings can be very toxic for the body. It can be absorbed very rapidly by inhalation and swallowing. Your body needs to take time to properly detoxify the heavy metals out of its system before removing another amalgam. Specialized dentists have mercury vapor collectors that dispose of the amalgams so not to pollute the environment even upon death at crematoriums.

According to the IAOMT, there is a specific protocol to remove the mercury which is a multi-step process. The first step involves changing the diet to enhance the body’s ability to handle contaminant materials. For the next step specific supplements and chelation therapy may be applied so your body is not absorbing the metals. The dentist will do an in-depth survey of the mouth to determine the best order for removal of amalgams and the most compatible type of dental material to replace them. At that point, the dentist will begin removing the amalgam.

3) Proper Diet and Chewing

The type of food we eat is essential for maintaining healthy dental care. We need to replenish good bacteria in our gut so the healthy bacteria in our gut and our mouth provides optimum benefits. Eating a balanced diet of fresh whole  foods with proper alkaline and acid pH is critical as acid foods can cause greater tooth decay and upset the saliva and mucous terrain. Vigorous chewing, mastication and exercising the teeth and the esophageal muscles stimulate the saliva and digestive enzymes and also creates a cleaning effect to the enamel surface of the teeth.

While it can get costly to get them removed it is worth it in the long run. There are a number of tests (hair analysis or blood test) you can get done to check your heavy metal levels by asking your doctor or naturopath or go through Rocky Mountain Labs or Can Alt Labs for more details.

Have a great week!