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, they spent some $79 billion between the four-year period of 2008 to 2012.
I wonder why there is such an enormous difference, as there are more inhabitants, 746.4 million living in the European Union compared to 328.2 million in the U.S. It could well be the amount of sugar consumed by the Americans that make them more prone to having rotten 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 rotten 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 the 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. Many 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 having good oral health is so important. The scientific and medical communities agree on this; 1) poor oral health will affect your heart, 2) you run a risk of suffering high blood pressure, and 3) the possibility of a heart attack or stroke increases if you neglect your oral health.
Holistic dental care, a do- it- yourself guide
This book offers fifty-three full-color photos and illustrations. You can read about the artificial chemicals in many toothpastes and mouthwashes. Stay away from those. Information on the benefits of botanical substances and plant extracts to keep your mouth healthy.
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 vast amount of data, it became clear 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 differently 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.
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Source: NaturalHealth365, article October 12, 2019, by staff writer Sara Middleton, Wikipedia
Photo Source: Pixabay
Perhaps you like to read the following post. Coconut oil used for oil pulling is very good for your oral health.
Everything we know and all we have heard simply points to the fact that eating man-made foods especially the over processed ones are just not good for our teeth. They have too much sugar and sugar is an enemy to a perfect dentition.
This is really great information and I really fancy it a lot. Thank you so much for sharing this out with us all on the issue of the dentition and also, the stats you referenced are just way too shocking though. This is a good read
Good afternoon Rodger,
I also think those statistics are quite shocking. I am 69 and luckily I still have my own teeth but I must also say I took good care of my teeth my whole life. I never ate too many sweets or processed foods and that must have helped too. Neither did I drink sodas or Coca Colas and that has probably contributed that I still have my own teeth.
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This is very lovely to see. I like it when a person gives a post with the backing of pure facts. This is very good to read and I have to say that I am really happy that I could read it. I see this fact that you have given here about tooth decay and it makes me scared.
I only brush twice a day. Off the bed and when getting back on it at night. I think that is going to change slightly. What type of toothpaste do you think is preferred?
Good afternoon Henderson,
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It is obvious my post caught your attention and that is good. To brush your teeth only twice a day is not enough so it is a good idea to improve on that.
Personally I like natural toothpaste which has no fluoride. Natural ingredients like different herbs are my favorite. These kinds of toothpaste are a bit more expensive but you do not need a lot. so it will last awhile.
Thank you for these oral health tips. I have used most of them and have no issues with my 6-month checkups. I did not know the cardiovascular issues from poor oral conditions. These are interesting studies. I know of people with gum disease and who tell me oral pain is the worse they have ever had. Thank you for educating us on such an important topic.
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To have a toothache is horrible as it affects the whole head. I am happy I only had it once in my life.
I do oil pulling with coconut oil every day and highly recommend it. For tooth or gum problems, it’s especially beneficial to add a drop or two of clove and/or tea tree oil. A water flosser is also advisable, as it’s easier to use and more thorough than string flossing. Dental products that include xylitol help to prevent tooth decay.
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I have also noticed that oil pulling with coconut oil is great and that is why I do it every morning too. I had a spot with receding gum and nearly had an operation. I am happy I did not do it as using the natural remedies have solved the problem.
Some time ago I had the last Mercury fillings removed by a specialized dentist and that gave me peace of mind.
Quite surprising how in the 21st century, some set of people do not even have a toothbrush. There are quite a number of kids I have seen with this tooth problem and its as a result of not taking care of their teeth for the start and that’s a bit understandable. But not having toothbrushes is very startling.
I use some mouth rinse after brushing and they contain some chemicals which cause some strange feeling in my mouth the whole day. I’ll try the walk and water which you are also taking or try changing mine. Best regards.
Good afternoon Benson,
Sorry, but I do not understand what you mean with walk and water? Personally I am not happy with the different mouthwashes one can buy. It normally contains fluoride and some other things which are not the best option Taking care of my teeth with more natural products have definitely improved my oral health.
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Wow, there is really so much tooth decay in the world? This is very new to me but I am very happy that you could share this information here on oral health. I have once seen people out doing awareness but digitally and on the streets about the discourse. I didn’t know that it was something of a problem. Nice post!
Good afternoon John,
Thank you for your comment. Nice to see you again.
I also find it quite shocking there is so much tooth decay in the world. Our modern diet with too much sugar and processed foods does not help and then people do not brush after eating and have little sugary snacks in between.
I am happy I still have my own teeth and do my best so they will last some more years.
Well, that was an eye-opener, a great article filled with lots of useful information.
I never realized that high blood pressure could play a great part in tooth decay and loss of teeth
Will look into the mouth wash with the salt, as I cant use the mouthwashes that you can buy at the local supermarket Could the high markers recorded on the tooth decay be due to not being able to get appointments with the dentist or fear of the dentist?
Great article well written
Will check back
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I think it probably is a combination of various things which make people have bad teeth.
Parents not insisting their little children brush their teeth. After you brush your teeth before going to bed still have something sweet after brushing. Wrong foods and drinks. Taking your children for regular dentist check-ups
If you have developed these oral habits when you were young later on you probably stick to this habit.
It definitely is cheaper to have good dental habits from the beginning. Later on, in life, you will be sorry and suffer the consequences like having to visit the dentist often and that is not funny.
Thank you so much for the information! To tell you the truth I don’t brush my teeth at night because I’m super lazy After reading this you scared the crap out of me.:)) But I promised to myself that I’m going to brush my teeth before going to bed from today. Still, 18, can’t even imagine a toothless mouth at my 60s. Thank you for sharing this information, Truly I learned a lot!!
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You are scared, right? That is good as it will push you to make an important decision. From now on you will take better care of your teeth, well done. When you are 60 and can still bite in an appel you might remember this post.
Hi Taetske, You have described the importance of oral health by backing up personal experiences as well as providing statistical facts that are really adorable. This is really a worrying statistic that more than 30% of the world population has no teeth. To the list of countries where people have the healthiest teeth and in contrast the people with unhealthy teeth I came to the conclusion that several factors may have involved- including lifestyle, lack of education, nutrition, etc.
Hope these gaps be eliminated in the world and all people around the world will have access to education and health care more easier. I totally agree with the idea of brushing your tooth four times a day. I didn’t know Hydrogen Peroxide can help to oral health at all. I will have to do that. Daily flossing and having 1 tablespoon of Himalayan salt is also a great idea that I am going to try it out. Himalayan salt is pink color, right?
I also like to get the book written by Nadine Artemis in which describing the physiology of the teeth and revealing the truth about the artificial chemicals in many kinds of toothpaste and mouthwashes.
Thanks for this informative article.
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As having bad teeth can cause so many and serious health problems people need to know about it. The education and information are so important and as you say hopefully people worldwide will have access to good dental care in the near future.
In our Western countries, the problem lies with the sugary foods and drinks which are consumed every day. If then people neither brush their teeth regularly it becomes a national problem.
In case you still have Mercury fillings it is a good idea to get rid of those but you need to find a special dentist. To use natural products for your oral care is always preferable above chemical products.
Thank you for this important information. I am one of those who have teeth problems, even in my childhood. What you’re saying about bad eating and brushing habits is absolutely true, but it certainly runs deeper than that. For many people, the expense is what holds them back from getting the work done.
In many of the countries, you mention (with the best teeth), universal healthcare provides dental treatment, at least to a certain extent. The US doesn’t and the dental insurance that’s available leaves much to be desired!
Good afternoon Cynthia,
I fully understand that money holds people back from doing dental work. There you see how important it is to start at an early age with oral care. Hopefully avoiding big problems later on in life.
When Michael moved from the U.S. to Spain in 2016, it surprised him to see the cost of dental care. We have a very good clinic in the village and the prices are at least 50% less than in Idaho where he lived.
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