Your Oral Health and its Heart connection
To have nice looking teeth is something most people want. They occupy a very prominent place in our face and you cannot really hide them. When you eat and talk, they are visible and especially when you smile. If your teeth are not nice looking, you might be shy to smile so that people do not notice it. This might make you look more serious than you really want to be. A nice set of teeth makes people look more attractive and healthy.
Some worrying statistics
But when you look at the figures, a staggering 44% of the world population suffers untreated tooth decay, making it the most prevalent of all the 291 conditions included in the Global Burden of Disease Study.
On a global level, of the people in the age group of 65 to 74 years, nearly 30% have no natural teeth anymore. As the general population is getting older this number will increase. In the U.S. $110 billion is spent on oral care each year and in the European Union, some $79 billion was spent between the four year period of 2008 to 2012.
I wonder why there is such a big difference, as there are more inhabitants living in the European Union. It could well be the amount of sugar consumed by the Americans that make them more prone to having bad teeth. Sugary drinks and man-made food full of hidden sugars may be the problem.
The consumption of one can of a sugary drink a day increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 22%. One more reason to skip those drinks.
Which countries have the worst teeth?
It is said that Poland is the European country with the worst teeth, and also fifth worst on a global level. Followed by Bolivia (#4) where 50 % of the people do not have a toothbrush. Then comes Australia, where especially people from the Torres Strait Islands and Aboriginal people of mainland Australia, have bad teeth. India is in 2nd place where 50% of the people have no toothbrush. The first place is the Philippines. 90% of the people suffer from tooth decay and 100% of children between 3 and 5 years old have cavities.
You will find the whitest and straightest teeth in Sweden and is number 4 on the list of 10 countries with the best overall oral health care. The top one is Denmark, to be followed by Germany and Finland. In 5th place comes the United Kingdom followed by Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, the United States and as of last of the top 10 comes France.
All these countries have good dentists who will look after your teeth but you will have to make an appointment. That is where the problem lies, a lot of people do not go to the dentist for regular check-ups, sometimes because of the cost or they are afraid.
How to take care of your teeth
I brush my teeth 4 times a day. When I get up in the morning, after breakfast, after lunch and once more before going to sleep. I have a very sensitive nose and I cannot stand myself if I smell. I do not think there is anybody in this world who has a nice smelling breath when waking up in the morning. I love to have a morning cuddle but not if my or my partner’s breath smells foul. There is a splendid solution to this problem.
Get yourself a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide 9% Food Grade. Take a small bottle and mix 1/3 with 2/3 of distilled water. Do not use normal water as the peroxide will react with the calcium and minerals in the water and expand, possibly blowing the lid off like it did for Michael. Getting up in the morning squirt a small amount in your mouth and keep it there for a few minutes. It will start to foam, then spit it out and rinse. If you wish you can brush your teeth afterward but it is not needed. I must advise you to not swallow this strength of peroxide, it can cause internal burns.
Be careful when you handle the Hydrogen Peroxide and prevent it from coming into contact with your eyes, or sensitive areas. As a precaution, always wash your hands and face afterward. This is a simple and effective remedy that eliminates bad breath. I also do this before I brush my teeth going to bed.
Why you need to care for your teeth
On one side you have the aesthetic aspect. You will feel more confident having good looking teeth. You need your teeth to be able to eat well. So the more of your own teeth you have later in life the better. You still want to be able to bite into a nice juicy apple at the age of 60 or 70, right?
Perhaps you are not aware of another very important reason why having good oral health is so important. The scientific and medical communities agree on this; 1) your heart will be affected by poor oral health, 2) you run a risk of suffering high blood pressure, and 3) the possibility of a heart attack or stroke is increased if you neglect your oral health.
You might wonder how this is possible?
Researchers put the results of 81 studies together on the link between gum disease and hypertension. Analyzing this huge amount of data, it became evident that suffering moderate to severe gum disease increases your risk of hypertension (high blood tension) by a staggering 22%. Having severe gum disease you have a 49% increased chance of and hypertension (a major stroke and heart attack risk indicator.)
Having inflammation in your mouth which is caused by gum disease and oral bacteria, puts you at severe risk of getting diabetes, and cancer. Pregnant women suffer low birth weight and premature delivery of their baby. All these are important reasons to take better care of your teeth.
The symptoms of gum disease are not difficult to spot. But also having bad breath or if your teeth fit together in a different way when you bite down may be indicators of inflammations.
Take care when your gums are bleeding, when you brush them or, eating hard foods. Also when your gums are tender, red, and swollen or when the gums are receding from the teeth, leaving the neck of the tooth exposed and sensitive. Another indicator might be when you have pain or sores in your mouth and also when your teeth are getting loose. All these are indicators something is not OK. Do not wait but act now.
How to live longer
There are many healthy habits you can adopt to reach a happy and healthy old age. Taking care of your oral health is one of them. Brushing your teeth 3 times a day, do not forget the daily flossing, use the Hydrogen Peroxide method, and visit your dentist for an annual checkup. Regarding brushing your teeth, change your brush often, maybe as often as every 3 months. All this will be beneficial, so you can keep your own teeth till the end of your life.
Have a look at this YouTube video, it will give you some good ideas.
Man-made foods are not good for our teeth as there are too many hidden sugars. Sugary drinks offer no benefit to good oral health. At home, you can do a lot of things which are helpful, like oil pulling, seawater rinses, and herbal mouthwashes. For salt rinses, I have a glass with water standing in my bathroom which contains 1 tablespoon of Himalayan salt. I drink a little and keep it in my mouth for a few minutes. All these little “tricks” are very helpful in keeping good oral health.
Source: NaturalHealth365, article October 12, 2019, by staff writer Sara Middleton
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