Teeth Brushing Prevents Heart Disease

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How Teeth Brushing Prevents Heart Disease

Choices N* Nutrition (http://www.choicesnnutrition.com) Did you know your teeth and your health have a greater impact on each other than you might imagine?  Some early signs of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other health issues can show up in your mouth.

Start early,
simple preventative medicine begins with good dental hygiene.  At a minimum you must brush before and after every meal and definitely before bedtime.  Just brushing is not enough any more and in reality has never been.  We have learned throughout the years that brushing alone, only removes about 25% of the debris left behind from eating.

Although, brushing only removes 25% of debris, brushing  is still essential especially after eating foods that can stain your teeth such as: coffee, tea, tomato sauce, wines and blueberries.Most dentists recommend clients to always brush their teeth with toothpaste that has fluoride.  The use of fluoride has been and continues to be very controversial.  The controversy will be explained in another article.

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The second most important step to take in maintaining your dental health is to floss.  Flossing takes out the food and debris that can lodge between your teeth.  Most dental decay occurs between the teeth which makes flossing so essential.  Brushing twice a day is not good enough any more.  Brushing your teeth removes bacteria forming plaque, but it re-forms quickly, usually stating within 2-4 hours.  Now, you understand why brushing  and flossing just before you go to sleep  and immediately upon waking is so critical.

Taking care of your dental health is a four step approach:

  1. brush, while brushing your teeth spend extra time and brush your teeth that are closer to your salivary glands (lower front behind the teeth)
  2. floss gets between teeth where brushing missed,
  3. make tartar disclosure solution (see below)
  4. mouth wash helps to dislodge food and get to places the brush and floss miss,
  5. healthy lifestyle:

diet, managing stress, seeing a dentist and getting good exercise within your day

How does your mouth relate to your overall health?

Your dentist checking your mouth can be your first line of defense. How?  One of the first things your dentist looks for is signs of inflammation. When there is inflammation on roof of mouth, floor of the mouth, gums and/or tongue, these are  signs of greater inflammation happening within the body.

Your mouth is the gateway to the body. Inflammation in the mouth and  bone structure supporting the teeth can cause bacteria here which leads to infecting the arterial walls of the heart thereby causing damage to heart vessels.  This will cause different types of plaques to accumulate and block arteries and cause cardiovascular disease.

Unfortunately, we may not feel the inflammation, bacteria or plaque.  Therefore, you  need a skilled physician to look into your mouth a minimum of twice a year.  If you are prone to excess plaque or tarter either due to poor hygiene or genetics, you should visit your dentist a minimum of twice a year although more is better.

Good overall health correlates to good overall well-being.

 

YOUR Heart & Teeth

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Your Heart and Teeth

Good dental care may prevent heart diseases.
A mouth and gum related problem, known as Peridontal Disease, is now the subject of great concern. Statistics show that 75%-95% of adult Americans suffer from it. This preventable gum disease has the potential to  bring on other diseases such as: heart disease, diabetes, respiratory illness, osteoporosis, pre-term or low birth weight delivery, and stroke.

There is a direct link between gum disease and heart disease. If you do not take care of your teetha and end up with bleeding gums, you just created an entry to your bloodstream for up to 700 different types of bacteria found in our mouths. This increases your risk of having a heart attack. The bacteria that originate on the teeth and under the gum line travels into the bloodstream where it is deposited into the heart tissue, causing infection and inflammation. When bacteria gets into the bloodstream they encounter tiny fragments called platelets. Platelets assist with blood clotting when you we get a cut. By sticking to the platelets, bacteria cause them to clot inside the blood vessel, partially blocking it. This prevents the blood flow back to the heart and we run the risk of suffering a heart attack.  Poor oral hygiene, can increase the potential of a heart attack irrespective of if you are thin or over weight.

Diabetes. If you have diabetes, elevated blood sugar levels can damage many parts of your body – and your mouth is no exception. Diabetes increases your risk of cavities, gingivitis, tooth loss and a variety of infections. It also makes it more likely that you’ll have a dry mouth, which further increases your risk of gum disease.“Preventing and controlling obesity generally begins with examining and modifying our diet. Researchers from the University of Washington School of Dentistry suggest there may be a connection between a high glycemic diet and dental disease”.

Carbohydrates such as refined wheat flour, potatoes, rice, and pasta, convert into simple sugars in the mouth. These foods are believed by many experts to contribute to weight gain, leading up to obesity.
The connection these same sugars have on our dental health is rather interesting. When ingested, simple sugars that remain in our mouth and allowed to turn into tartar  and then plaque causes an adverse affect on our overall health.  The possibility remains that following a low glycemic diet may be beneficial to our oral health and waistline; a concept that greatly increases our overall health and wellness.

Decreased immunity. If you have a weakened immune system, you’re more susceptible to infections of all kinds, including gum infections.

YOUR Home Remedies

Peroxide

o   Rinsing the mouth with peroxide also can help remove tartar.  A half-and-half mixture of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and water can work wonders . Carefully transfer the mixture to your mouth and swish the fluid around, coating the teeth and gums thoroughly. Be careful not to swallow the mixture as hydrogen peroxide can cause vomiting. After one minute of swirling around in you mouth, tilt your head back and gargle. The solution may foam a little, just spit out the excess fluid and continue. The bubbling is the peroxide reacting with the tartar creating bubbles of pure oxygen. These bubbles can help to loosen the particle of tartar stuck to the surface of the teeth. The oxygen also helps to kill the bacteria.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is mildly abrasive and bleaches. It can help to remove hardened tartar and plaque.  To use baking soda on teeth, simply add enough water to 1 tsp of baking soda  and 1/2 tsp sea salt to make a thick paste. Apply the paste to a toothbrush and brush the teeth. Rinse with cool water.

Plaque Disclosure Solution

After brushing, use the disclosure solution (below) and brush to get rid of the colored solution.

To make sure that you do not get any cavities, you need to remove any plaque that covers your teeth. Plaque is the thin film that forms on your teeth and comprises of dead and living bacteria. If you neglect the plaque formed on your teeth, it hardens and forms tartar which is usually difficult to remove and more damaging. Both plaque and tartar are responsible for any cavities and gum diseases that you may have. If this is left unattended for a longer period, it can lead to more damage. It causes gum diseases, leading to bleeding and inflammation. It could also damage the bone that is responsible for keeping the roots of the teeth in place.

Plaque is caused due to some unhealthy choices that we make as far as what we eat is concerned. The starchy and sugary food we consume causes plaque. Plaque is also caused due to incorrect brushing techniques, heredity reasons, and if a person does not floss his/her teeth.

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Remove Tartar

include spicy food in your diet, spicy food causes your salivary glands to stimulate and produce saliva to ensure that your gums and teeth are clean and able to fight decay,
vitamin C. Apply the juice of tomatoes or strawberries on your teeth. Then, wash it off after leaving it on for approximately five minutes. You can add baking soda to the warm water used to wash it off.
Rubbing the peel of an orange directly onto your teeth and leaving it overnight is another great home remedy to fight microorganisms and remove plaque buildup on your teeth.
Eat an apple one hour after your meal helps. This ensures that your teeth remain clean and your gums healthy. You can substitute apples with watermelons or muskmelons, which are as effective.

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Get Rid of Plaque

Mouth wash – Take a cup of water and add about half a cup baking soda to it. Then, add aloe vera gel (one teaspoon), vegetable glycerin (four teaspoons), and lemon essential oil (ten drops) to it. Mix this well and store the liquid in a bottle. You can use this homemade mouthwash regularly to prevent and remove plaque buildup on your teeth.
To soften plaque, add a tablespoon of baking powder to one cup of water, and add a small pinch of salt to it as well. Use your toothbrush to brush your teeth with this solution.

Additional Tarter Removal:
  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean your teeth, brush at least 2 minutes
  • Mix salt and baking soda and brush your teeth to remove tartar from your teeth successfully.
  • Your intake of vitamin C determines your oral health status. Vitamin C helps remove tartar from the teeth and keeps them healthy. Squeeze the juice of a lime in a bowl; dip your tooth brush in the juice and brush your teeth twice daily. Eat vitamin C rich foods such as: lemons, limes, oranges, bell peppers, papayas and berries.
  • Sesame seeds are also effective in removing tartar. Chew them and then brush your teeth with a dry tooth brush. It helps to soften the tartar and eventually removes it within a few days.
  • Tartar can also be removed at home with a hand instrument called a ‘scaler’.
  • Brush your teeth with black tea powder. It is known to remove tartar from the teeth efficiently.

Around the Globe:

  • In India, twigsof the Neem tree are chewed at one end until they splay out to form natural tooth-brushes. Neem is known for it’s curative and anti-septic properties. Anise, or aniseed, is commonly used as a mouth freshener (this explains why a bowl filled with anise seeds is often offered to you as you leave an Indian restaurant).
  • In ancient Athens, fenugreek was made into a brew to keep the breath fresh.
  • The American Indians rubbed sage leaves on their teeth for its dual effect as a whitener as well as a mouth freshener.
  • In Sweden, strawberries are another popular natural tooth cleaner. A freshly halved strawberry is rubbed over the teeth and gums. Strawberries are known to whiten teeth and also to remove plaque.
  • Norwegian farmers use liquid whey as a gargle.
  • In Canada, studies have shown that dairy products like milk and cheese help prevent cavities. Cheddar cheese, especially, which contains concentrated amounts of the minerals, calcium and phosphorus found in milk, is reputed to lower the formation of cavities caused by white sugar by 56%.
  • Dried orange rind, and walnut bark, are other natural tooth whitening agents.

An effective mouthwash combines salt, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Baking soda acts as a dentrifice — it provides enough scouring action to remove plaque, but is not abrasive enough to remove the enamel. In addition, it neutralizes the acids, formed in the mouth, that can corrode tooth enamel. The hydrogen peroxide, which should be used in a highly diluted form, has a bleaching action on the teeth. A very effective regimen for maintaining teeth whiteness is to first soak your toothbrush in diluted hydrogen peroxide, and then dip it in baking soda before brushing.

TOOTH SOAP, It may take a few days to get used to the unfamiliar consistency, as it comes in the form of shavings in a jar, instead of the normal paste out of a tube. Your mouth will feel much  fresher than they do now. There is no stale, early-morning mouth when one gets up! And many dental problems disappear.

Health Disclaimer

All information in this post is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals and conduct their own independent research on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

The information and opinions expressed here are believed to be accurate, based on the best judgment and research available to the authors at this time, and readers who fail to consult with appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries.

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