Saturday, July 9, 2016

Your Mouth, Your Health

Can Mouth Bacteria Affect the Heart?

Some studies show that people with gum disease are more likely have heart disease than those with healthy gums. Researchers aren't sure why that is; gum disease isn't proven to cause other diseases.  But it makes since to take care of your mouth like you do with the rest of your body.


Gum Disease and Diabetes
Diabetes can reduce the body’s resistance to infection. Elevated blood sugars increase the risk of developing gum disease. What's more, gum disease can make it harder to keep blood sugar levels in check. Protect your gums by keeping blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible. Brush after each meal and floss and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash daily. See your dentist at least twice a year. Sometimes you dentists may want to see you more often.
Dry Mouth and Tongue Cause Tooth Decay

The 4 million Americans who have Sjögren's syndrome are more prone to have oral health problems, too. With Sjögren's, the body's immune system mistakenly attacks tear ducts and saliva glands, leading to chronically dry eyes and dry mouth (called xerostomia). Saliva helps protect teeth and gums from bacteria that cause cavities and gingivitis. So a perpetually dry mouth is more susceptible to tooth decay and gum

Normal / Dry

Medications That Cause Dry Mouth

Given that a chronically dry mouth raises risk of cavities and gum disease, you may want to check your medicine cabinet. Antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers, and antidepressants are among the drugs that can cause dry mouth. Talk to your doctor or dentist to find out if your medication regimen is affecting your oral health, and what you can do about it.


Stress and Teeth Grinding
If you are stressed, anxious, or depressed, you may be at higher risk for oral health problems. People under stress produce high levels of the hormone cortisol, which wreaks havoc on the gums and body. Stress also leads to poor oral care; more than 50% of people don't brush or floss regularly when stressed. Other stress-related habits include smoking, drinking alcohol, and clenching and grinding teeth (called bruxism).

Osteoporosis and Tooth Loss

healthy gums/ Periodontal Disease

The brittle bone disease osteoporosis affects all the bones in your body -- including your jaw bone -- and can cause tooth loss. Bacteria from periodontitis, which is severe gum disease, can also break down the jaw bone. One kind of osteoporosis medication -- bisphosphonates -- may slightly increase the risk of a rare condition called osteonecrosis, which causes bone death of the jaw. This is usually only a concern after involved dental surgery. Tell your dentist if you take bisphosphonates.
Pale Gums and Anemia
Your mouth may be sore and pale if you're anemic, and your tongue can become swollen and smooth (glossitis). When you have anemia, your body doesn't have enough red blood cells, or your red blood cells don't contain enough hemoglobin. As a result, your body doesn't get enough oxygen. There are different types of anemia, and treatment varies. Talk to your doctor to find out what type you have and how to treat it.
Eating Disorders Erode Tooth Enamel
A dentist may be the first to notice signs of an eating disorder such as bulimia. The stomach acid from repeated vomiting can severely erode tooth enamel. Purging can also trigger swelling in the mouth, throat, and salivary glands as well as bad breath. Anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders can also cause serious nutritional shortfalls that can affect the health of your teeth.

Gum Disease and Premature Birth

If you're pregnant and have gum disease, you could be more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small. Exactly how the two conditions are linked remains poorly understood. Underlying inflammation or infections may be to blame. Pregnancy and its related hormonal changes also appear to worsen gum disease. Talk to your obstetrician or dentist to find out how to protect yourself and your baby.

What Healthy Gums looks like
Healthy gums should look pink and firm, not red or swollen.  To keep gums healthy, practice good oral hygiene.  Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day.  See 
your dentist regularly
Healthy Mouth

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Power Of Aloe Vera & Dental Health

* The Aloe Vera plant holds a thick liquid substance in its leaves that are packed with vitamin B12, magnesium, copper, zinc  just to mention a few important ingredients.
* Due to its anti-viral ,anti-inflammatory & anti-fungal properties , Aloe Vera is being used in many oral care products such as tooth gels, mouthwash & even dental floss.

            Uses of Aloe Vera in helping with common dental issues :

  • Bad Breath (Halitosis)- The anti-inflammation & anti-bacterial qualities of Aloe Vera works as a natural remedy.
  • Gingivitis (inflamed gums)- As plaque builds up on & around the teeth, it produces enzymes and toxins causing the inflammation.  Aloe kills gingivitis causing bacteria and acts a powerful anti-septic for areas where it is difficult to reach with your toothbrush.
  • Stomatitis (inflammation inside the mouth)- Many denture wearers develop denture stomatitis (oral condition), this can occur from leaving dentures in while sleeping as well as smoking, or vitamin A deficiency.  One of the causes of stomatitis is Candida Albicans (Fungus). Since Aloe Vera has anti-fungal properties, this can be effective in fighting this disease.
*As you see, Aloe Vera disinfects, fight gingivitis (gum disease), & heals inflammation.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Ingredients to Keep Your Smile Healthy

Basil : A natural antibiotic, reduces bacteria in the mouth

Broccoli: Forms an acid-resistant film on teeth that can help prevent enamel erosion

Carrots: Full of Vitamin A which is absolutely necessary for the formation of tooth enamel.  This & all crunchy veggies also stimulate your gums making them healthy
Cheese: Offers the benefit of lactic acid to help prevent tooth decay

Celery: Activates saliva production which assists in cleansing food particles from the teeth and dilutes sugars or acids in the mouth.  Chewing celery also massages the gums

Ginger: An anti-inflammatory to support healthy mouth tissue

Green Tea:  Contains an antioxidant called Catechin which reduces bacteria growth that causes gingivitis
Kiwi:  Pack more Vitamin C than any other fruit. A lack of Vitamin C can break down the collagen network in your gums, making them tender & more susceptible to bacteria and gum (Periodontal) disease

Lemon: A natural "whitener" and assists with the pH balance in the body
Pineapple : Helps you produce extra saliva.  Combine that with citric acid and you have an all-natural bacteria fighting mouthwash,  Also contains Vitamin C & the enzyme Bromelain promoting a healing alkaline response in the mouth

Quinoa: Pronounced "KEEN-wah" is a super grain with a load of minerals including Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, & Phosphorous to strengthen teeth

Kale or Chard:  High in minerals that support tooth structure
Onions: Contains sulphur compounds and reduces certain bacteria that causes tooth decay (caries)

Sesame Seeds: These "little scrubbers" reduces plaque, and due to their calcium content provide a necessary mineral for teeth.  Nuts in general have a high pH, thus are protective for the teeth by managing pH balance in the mouth.

Shiitake Mushrooms:  Contains a sugar called Lentinan which prevents mouth bacteria from growing

Wasabi:  A Japanese version of horseradish, which contains compounds called isothiocyanates to arrest bacteria growth

Strawberries: Great "scrubbers". high in fiber and vitamin C, which is a great for gum (periodontal) health

Stevia: A natural sweetener that does not have an " acid effect" on your teeth like sugar

Salmon: A great source of Vitamin D making it easier for teeth to get the full power of calcium from foods you are eating

Sea Salt: Offers a blend of minerals needed to strengthen teeth. Himalayan and Celtic

are suggested.

Xylitol: A sugar substitute that studies show prevents tooth decay (caries).  It is very beneficial in gum or mint formImage result for xylitol gum and mints

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Home Remedies for Canker Sores :)

A Canker sore (Apthous Ulcer)
Can be one of the most annoying & painful nuisances. (~20% of the population).  Canker sores are usually small, (Some large- Major Apthlous Ulcers), shallow ulcers that appear in the mouth making eating & talking uncomfortable. Part of battling these sores involves recognizing exactly what might be causing them. Fortunately, there are some home remedies that seem to work.


* CITRUS OR ACIDIC FRUITS (such as lemons, oranges, pineapples, figs, tomatoes & strawberries) can trigger a canker sore or make the problem worst.
* STRESS : High stress & anxiety levels can often be the cause of a canker sore as well.
* BITING YOUR LIP: trauma from biting your lip or cheek can also be cause of a canker sore ( & painful ! )
** According to the Mayo Clinic, "possible triggers for canker sores include a minor injury to your mouth from dental work, overzealous brushing, sports mishaps, or accidental cheek bite."
*SPICY FOODS: Many people  love to use hot sauce or hot peppers to add some kick to their favorite dishes. However, these spicy foods can definitely be one of the causes of frequent canker sores.

1)  Soaking a chamomile tea bag in water and placing it directly on the sore for five to 10 minutes can help you get rid of your canker sore more quickly. It has been shown that the chemicals in chamomile reduce inflammation & have antiseptic properties.  Both of these properties will help reduce the pain of canker sores and may help speed the healing process.

2)  Placing raw honey directly on your canker sore can do wonders to soothe the pain & coat the sore.  Honey makes a wonderfully soothing coating for a painful canker sore.
** Mix 1 tsp. of salt into 1 cup of warm water (1/2 tsp. of baking soda may be added).  Swish for 30 seconds, then spit.

3) Simply mix the Aloe with some water and swish it around in the mouth.
The gel from this plant soothes canker sores as well.
**  Make sure you use the natural gel- not the green kind (OTC)
4)  Your toothpaste may be the culprit.  Certain ingredients in your toothpaste can cause canker sores. Switch to a toothpaste that does not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), a foaming agent that may contribute to recurrences.
5)  Benadryl mixed with Milk of Magnesia is a way to conquer canker sores.
**  Rinse your mouth with a mixture of 1/2 of Milk of Magnesia and 1/2 Benadryl liquid allergy medicine.  Swish the mixture in the mouth for about 1 minute, then spit it out.
6)  Chewing on a Rolaid, Tums, or Pepto-Bismal- or just placing the tablets directly on canker sore can do absolute wonders.  The pain that is felt from a canker sore is caused by acids and digestive enzymes eating into the tissue in the sore.  The tablets will neutralize the acids and aid in the healing of the sores.

7)  Yogurt can contain cultures that are great at fighting canker sores.
** Eat yogurt that contains live acidophilus cultures (check the label)  Have a few teaspoons daily for prevention-more when you're having a breakout.

Cutting out canker-causing habits and trying these home remedies can make a world of difference.