Gum Disease and Tooth Decay – 3 Ways to Improve Dental Health and Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
By Dan Martin
Is your mouth trying to tell you something? Do your gums bleed? Do you have sensitive teeth? Are your teeth brittle? Do you have tooth decay despite regular brushing and flossing? Has your dentist noticed bone loss? Has a tooth fallen out?
The health of our mouths is an indicator of our overall health. If you have any of the above problems, you should be looking for the underlying causes. Proper regular brushing and flossing is important, but if it doesn’t resolve the problems, you need to do more. If you don’t, you could be increasing your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Bleeding gums and plaque bacteria, or periodontal disease, can increase the risk of a heart attack seven fold. Research has shown that the plaque bacteria found in the heart is the same bacteria found in the mouth. It is thought that the bacteria enters the bloodstream through bleeding gums. It then invades the blood vessel walls and causes atherosclerosis which can cause heart attacks and strokes.
The American Academy of Periodontology says that “it is thought that periodontal infections are related to increased plasma levels of inflammation such as C-reactive protein. C-reactive protein is now thought to be a stronger predictor of heart attacks that high cholesterol.”
If you have a history of heart disease in your family take a closer look at your family’s dental history. You may be surprised at what you find.
On top of regular brushing, the following these three steps will help you stop the cycle of tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Step 1 – Nutrition
Eat healthy food. Poor nutrition compromises the immune system making it harder for you fight off infections like periodontal disease. Make sure you get enough calcium. Getting enough calcium can significantly reduce periodontal disease, rebuild the enamel on your teeth making them less sensitive and susceptible to cavities and reduce bone loss by improving the bone density of the alveolar bone that supports your teeth. If you already have dental problems you will most likely need to take calcium supplements to turn things around. Try a daily dose of 800mg of calcium, 400mg of magnesium and 400iu of vitamin D3. This is an effective mix that supports absorption into your body. Try this for 3 to 4 months. You should notice a difference.
Step 2 – Cleaning
Use a Sonicare or any similar type of toothbrush. They stimulate and massage the gums far better than a manual toothbrush and are not harsh on tooth enamel. Alternatively, or additionally, use a soft toothbrush and brush with gentle circular movements. Use a light touch. Holding your toothbrush with two fingers (thumb and forefinger) will keep you from brushing too hard. Use natural non-abrasive toothpaste, preferably without glycerine. Glycerine may interfere with rebuilding enamel. It also leaves a slick film on your teeth making it difficult to feel if your teeth are clean. Floss once or twice daily using unwaxed dental floss. Glide is very easy to get in between close teeth. Use interdental brushes for cleaning pockets (the gaps between your teeth where the gums have receded). Food tends to get stuck in pockets and flossing doesnâ€™t always get it out.
Step 3 – Hydrogen Peroxide
Clean with a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide once or twice a week. The main cause of periodontal disease is bacterial plaque, a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. Hydrogen peroxide kills bacterial plaque and it also whitens your teeth. After regular brushing dip your toothbrush into the solution and brush it onto your teeth. Then dip your interdental brushes into the solution and get it into it your pockets. It will foam up when it comes in contact with bacteria. If you like mouthwash and find it helps you then continue using it. We find that the above regime, and in particular the use of hydrogen peroxide, is enough to maintain a healthy mouth.
Caution: You must dilute Hydrogen Peroxide to 1%. If you don’t you can burn your gums. If you buy a 3% solution, use 1 capful of Hydrogen Peroxide and 3 capfuls of water. If you buy 6%, use 1/2 capful to 3 capfuls of water. If you have any irritation, stop using it until the irritation goes away and try again using less or doing it less frequently.
Please visit your dentist and hygienist regularly.
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