Arrest Bacteria At Your Gate
One of the most common problems with aging is the onset of chronic disease. Yet, with just a few adjustments in our lifestyle, diet, and habits, we can avoid them altogether. While there is certainly lots of attention being paid to diet these days, what we do after we eat is nearly as important as what we eat.
Your mouth is the gateway to your body. And you should have a sentry constantly on duty there. Even healthy mouths are home to a wide range of bacteria. Some are beneficial but most are harmful if they wind up in other areas of our body. If you don’t rinse away leftover food from in between teeth, the resulting bacterial & chemical reactions can lead to gum disease, weak teeth, and even mouth sores.
How Poor Oral Hygiene Affects You
Oral hygiene is grossly underestimated. Bad breath isn’t just annoying, it can be indicative of gum disease that could lead to heart disease, stroke, or cancer.
Several studies show links between gum disease and heart disorders, stroke, acne, and even cancer. What is emerging is a definite link between poor oral hygiene and serious diseases.
One theory is that unhealthy gums lead to infection and the harmful bacteria get into your bloodstream and weaken your immune system, wreaking havoc all over your body, including your heart.
Closely allied to this theory is the idea that the bacteria enter the bloodstream and attach themselves to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries leading to constrictions & even clots. This means your heart doesn’t get all the oxygen and nutrients it needs resulting in a weakened heart and maybe even a heart attack.
Any problem with your gums starts this way: Plaque builds up, leading to swollen gums that start to bleed. Plaque build up happens if you don’t rinse your mouth well enough after a meal or don’t brush & floss right or often enough. Other contributors are eating or drinking too much processed food, sugar, or consuming too much caffeine or alcohol.
Apart from wrong diet, the other causes of gum disease are: chronic illness, high stress, glandular disorders, blood disease, smoking, and deficiencies in vitamin C, calcium, folic acid and niacin.
Daily Action Plan
Brush and floss correctly. Eat mouth-friendly food. Avoid sugar whenever possible, but if you do consume it, brush afterwards. Use a soft-bristled brush (many dentists now recommend a sonic electric toothbrush) at least three times a day, and floss at least daily. Don’t know how? Take a look at this video:
- Avoid: Mouthwashes that contain alcohol, artificial colors or flavors. Toothpaste containing Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and saccharin.
- Eat fruits like apples that automatically clean out your mouth
- Get plenty of Vitamins C, A, E, and B, potassium, calcium, selenium, zinc, phosphorus, iron, and magnesium. A quality multivitamin will help accomplish this.
- Avoid too much sugar, candy, processed juice drinks, and syrups
- Change toothbrushes every 2-3 months
- Rub Vitamin E oil on inflamed gums and use aloe vera based pastes to sooth painful gums