Did you know that oral health is an important part of your overall health? In fact, research is finding that poor oral health can lead to other health problems such as heart disease and certain cancers. And did you know that the health of your teeth and gums may also serve as indicators to your overall health? Yes, it is important to pay attention to your oral health. Continue reading to learn more about how to keep your smile healthy.
Common oral health problems
First let’s take a look at some of the most common types of oral health problems, which include dental caries (cavities) and gum disease. 1 Cavities can range from mild to severe. In severe cases, a tooth will need to be pulled. Gum disease (periodontal disease) is generally caused by a bacterial infection. The first stage of gum disease is called Gingivitis. 1 2 If left untreated, gum disease may effect your overall health; increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. 15 16
Cavities and your health
Cavities are decayed areas on a tooth that turn into tiny holes. Although cavities may have many different causes, the most common cause is again linked to bacteria which can build up on a tooth over time. These bacteria then produce acids which can break down the enamel and demineralize parts of the tooth. Cavity prevention starts with regular brushing and flossing to help keep the bacteria under control.
The minimum in cavity prevention includes brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. However, it is recommended to brush and floss after every meal. Replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months. Yearly dental checkups are a good idea. It is wise to avoid eating too much sugary food, as this may feed the bacteria in your mouth and speed tooth decay.
It is important to get any existing cavities fixed as this will help prevent tooth loss or the possible spread of an oral infection. And once your mouth is cavity free, it is especially important to practice good oral hygiene in order to prevent new cavities from forming. Another noteworthy idea is to supplement some extra vitamin D in your diet. Vitamin D3 may help strengthen your teeth, which can help prevent cavities. 17 We offer quality Liquid Vitamin D3 at an affordable price.
Gum disease: prevention and reversal
At this point you know that bacteria is the primary cause of gum disease. 1 2 It appears that individuals with certain health problems may be more susceptible to the bacterial infections that cause gum disease. Click here for a complete list of gum disease risk factors. Since bacteria is the main cause of gum disease, antibiotics have been considered for both short and long term treatments. 13 However, we prefer to use natural antibiotics whenever possible. One herb that is helpful in treating gum disease is Echinacea. 14 Oil of oregano also seems to be a popular natural remedy. You can Google it if you’d like.
You might be interested to know that we also offer some supplements that may help with gum disease. First, our Immune Barrier Formula contains Echinacea, which may strengthen your immune system. And our Legendary Phytogenic Minerals have received a few positive oral health testimonies from customers just like you.
Is fluoride really safe? Does it really help protect teeth from cavities?
There are many opinions these days on whether or not fluoride is really safe and effective in preventing cavities. The CDC states that fluoride is a safe, effective and inexpensive way to help prevent cavities. 3 However, there are a growing number of health experts and scientific researchers that disagree. One argument is that the type of fluoride used to fluoridate drinking water, fluorosilicic acid (H2SiF6), does not have the same effect on your body as naturally occurring fluoride (calcium fluoride, CaF2). In some cases it appears that ingesting fluorosilicic acid may increase your risk of fluoride toxicity and could lead to health problems; including a greater risk of cavities. 4 5 6 7
What about amalgam fillings? Are amalgam fillings bad for you?
Another controversial topic is whether or not amalgam fillings are a safe choice for fixing a decayed tooth. Based on the evidence, the answer is no: amalgam fillings are not safe for everyone. The mercury contained in these fillings is a neurotoxin. 8 So the question remains: how much mercury is released from amalgam dental fillings? Those in favor of amalgam fillings say a tight chemical bond is created, preventing the mercury from being released and absorbed into the body. 9 10 Those opposed to amalgam fillings claim that the fillings break down over time, releasing mercury vapors, which are absorbed into the body.
It appears that mercury levels do increase with the presence of amalgam fillings. 11 12 However, is this increase enough to cause toxicity and symptoms in most people? Our hypothesis: It seems that some individuals are more susceptible to mercury toxicity than others. If you feel that your amalgam fillings are adversely affecting your health, then you may want to have your mercury levels checked by your doctor. Note that the level of mercury in the test results may not be accurate if the mercury is buried deep within bodily tissues. On the other hand: if you have amalgam fillings, and you have no known side-effects, then you may not have anything to worry about.
In the end we hope that you see the importance of taking care of your oral health. There are a lot of controversial subjects surrounding oral health today. This is an area of medicine that is showing a strong connection to a person’s overall health. In other words, taking care of your mouth today will benefit your entire body.
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- Link Found Between Periodontal Disease And Pancreatic Cancer. Science Daily.
- Gum Disease Links to Heart Disease and Stroke. American Academy of Pariodontology.
- Forgotten tooth decay cure : heal your cavities and prevent root canals. Nourished Magazine.