Get the most out of your smile
Everyone knows that a smile conveys a very important message to others. Would you not agree? Is it not true that when someone sends us a warm, beautiful smile it makes us feel better?
Visiting the dentist regularly is one of the ways to keep healthy teeth for life and fight periodontal disease. Annual checkups help to reveal early signs of dental problems like cavities, bad breath, gingivitis, receding gum lines, bone loss and abscesses.
Poor oral hygiene, including dietary nutrition, is now being linked to other types of diseases, for example Diabetes, Cardiovascular problems, fungal growth, nerve pain, and more.
Did you know that there are over 300 different types of germs that love to live inside your mouth?
The most common bacteria is called Steptococcus mutans. Once food is eaten, particles and debris combined with bacteria get trapped in between teeth and after 10-15 minutes acid is produced causing plaque to begin to form and harden.
Damage to gums and teeth is done quickly and quietly. Many dental problems do not start overnight as most people would assume, but rather it is a problem that develops over weeks and weeks of unattended bacterial growth that shows up later. Early signs of periodontal disease are bleeding red swollen gums (a condition called gingivitis) and receding gums.
Periodontal disease can be prevented. Although it is described as an infection of gum and bone that accounts for a major proportion of all tooth loss, proper hygiene and nutrition are keys to prevention.
Although we would like to think that we are just not brushing enough, research is now providing us with evidence that our poor dietary habits of consuming too much white refined sugar , carbohydrates, and hydrogenated fats are contributing to the problem and are speeding up the deteriorating process.
We now know that diseases such as Diabetes I & II, High Blood Pressure, heart disease, Candida, and low HCl (Hydrochloric-acid) for digestion are underlying factors that contribute to periodontal disease.
Not only that, but a consistently low (acidic) pH level caused by an acid diet significantly decreases bone mass. To neutralize the acidity, the body searches for much-needed Calcium and robs the calcium from our bones. Acid-forming foods include soft drinks, dairy, and coffee.
Fight periodontal disease to give you healthy teeth for life :
- Visit your dentist on a regular basis. Your dentist will help you establish your individual oral-care program.
- Floss daily, especially after each meal.
- Restrict the amount of white refined sugar, carbohydrates, rancid fats, and junk foods to cut down on plaque production.
- Include as part of your regular diet organic sources of calcium from salmon, sardines (including the bones), green leafy vegetables, clams, oysters, shrimp, kale, broccoli, and soybeans. Take a calcium supplement if you have known Allergies to these foods, or have inadequate dietary calcium intake.
- Decrease the consumption of acidic foods like caffeine, sugary pop, soft drinks, and sweets.
- Eat a diet high in raw Green leafy vegetables that provide live enzymes.
- Use an enzyme before every meal and take a probiotic with each meal for proper flora and intestinal microbial balance.
- Co-enzyme Q-10 is wonderful for stopping bleeding gums. Co-enzyme Q-10 has the unique ability to increase oxygen utilization and activate germ-eaters in the body, as well as bringing more circulating blood into the area of the gums.
- Vitamin C is a powerful nutrient and Antioxidant and is essential for tissue repair and for the formation of bone and cartilage.
- Remember tooth decay and gum disease cannot get better without treatment. A change in your diet as well as regular visits to the dentist will help you get the healthy mouth you are looking for.
Yvonne Horvat, RHN