Recent advances in genetic and epigenetic research have revealed critical information about specific mutations that can dramatically impact the health and wellbeing of infants, children, and adults. MTHFR, or Methylene Tetrahydrofolate Reductase is an enzyme that helps turn a dangerous biochemical byproduct, homocysteine, back into a useful substance, methionine. A polymorphism, or error in coding and function, of the gene responsible for producing the MTHFR enzyme can result in an MTHFR deficiency. Such a deficiency can be activated and lead to serious health challenges involving neural tube defects in infants, fertility and miscarriage, cardiovascular disease, and compromise of nutritional status.
The research indicates that individuals with an MTHFR deficiency are at risk of serious complications when administered the dental anesthesia nitrous oxide, which is commonly used across the United Stated. Download and read this white paper explaining the connection between MTHFR deficiency, MTHFR mutation, dental caries or cavities, and increased risk of severe complications from administration of nitrous oxide during a dental or other procedure.