Your Teeth and Gums are Important to your health!

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No one likes to go to the dentist, but taking care of your teeth can be significant to your overall health.

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition that may be a manifestation of other systemic conditions such as:   Diabetes, anemia, vitamin deficiency, leukemia, and other white blood cell conditions.  It can also be a cause of hardening of the arteries, which is a risk of having heart disease.  Tooth loss caused from Periodontal disease, makes it harder for us to chew and digest our food properly.

The microorganisms that grows in diseased gums are swallowed, and the inflammatory effects gum disease in the mouth has a direct affect to our our arteries.  This provides a direct link between our mouth and general disease.

Our immune system and our nutrition determines the defense mechanisms that normalize and act in defense of this disease.

Used for over 150 year’s, amalgam a filling material that is an a alloy of Mercury, has been used to fill our teeth.  I recommend that if you have metal fillings that are worn or cracked, to have your dentist take a look, there may be  severe decay beneath the metal filling.  Your dentist can determine if there is decay.  If this is so, then you should definitely get them removed.  Very old fillings of Mercury can also have a negative effects on your health.  You should get them removed.

Recently and gradually, I have had all of my Mercury fillings removed, except for one.  They have been replaced by a white composite filling.  They look beautiful. And when you smile, everything is White!

Here is my tip for brushing.  I was taught this from my dentist.  Brush your teeth with two fingers.  The thumb and index finger.  The reason for this is, is that we tend to brush our teeth really hard.  This has a negative effect on the gum line, and the enamel which exposes the nerves and makes teeth sensitive.

Oral hygiene is a mandatory practice, at least every 6 months to the dentist for cleaning and checking to ensure that you have healthy gums and teeth.  Most insurances will cover a regular appointment.

A good diet is necessary for promoting periodontal healthcare.  A diet rich in raw vegetables, al dente cooking, and fibrous foods are all good for our gums.

Chewing, or masticating, is invaluable to gum health. It helps prevent tooth decay.  Chewing increases saliva production and strengthens our jaws.  It breaks down and mixes food together in your mouth.  It sends a message to the gastrointestinal  system that food is on its way.  It is also part of digestion

Vitamins and Supplements:

  • Vitamin C, aids in the formation of blood vessels which stimulates our gums
  • Vitamin A, associated with inflammation
  • Zinc, works with vitamin A, plaque growth can be inhibited with a mouthwash that contains Zinc
  • Vitamin E, helps with healing
  • Glutathione and other antioxidants treat and protect periodontal disease.

Follow these healthy tips:

  • Do not smoke tobacco.  Smoking, is associated to increased tooth loss.
  • Cut Sugar from your diet, it is known to increase or promote plaque and it also decreases the production of white blood cell function.  Steer clear of hidden sugars and added sugars. Check the labels.
  • Floss regularly
  • Use a soft bristle toothbrush when brushing
  • Use a Water-pik regularly
  • Visit a dentist at least every 6 months and brush and floss twice per day.  Follow a diet of high fiber and avoid smoking, sugar and refined carbohydrates.
  • Mouth washes themselves may do more harm than good , as they kill off protective bacteria.

Poor dental hygiene shortens your life.  Its just that simple.  Tooth loss makes it harder for us to chew properly, which turns into chewing and digesting our food.  The microorganisms that grow in our gums are swallowed.  This leads to constantly feeding our bodies disease.

“Make a memory every day, and don’t apologize for who you are…”   Rebecca

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