How to take care of your teeth and why it's vital for your overall health.
Hello brethren, I took my mother to the dentist a few days ago, she's always had good teeth until these past few years where she has lost 3 cavity free teeth, now for the first time I had the opportunity to go with her to her dentist appointment and so we went and I started asking the dentist about her case, that's when I heard for the first time that my mother had "periodontal disease" (aka gum disease). This might be silly but all my life I thought that decay/cavities were the only thing one needed to worry about, the dentist suggested her a costly gum treatment and antibiotics but as you may know, I always favor natural remedies and so before I could consider his suggestions we went home and I started searching about periodontal disease and how to treat it.
Let me tell you, what I found was absolutely shocking to me: did you know that bad oral health causes all kind of diseases from heart disease to respiratory problems, to alzheimer's disease?!
The health risks of GUM DISEASE
Oral health is about so much more than just the health of the mouth, teeth, and gums. Because the mouth is a primary entryway into the body, poor oral health can have negative consequences for the entire body. Teeth that ache, gums that bleed, and breath that smells bad are all indicators of poor oral health. Bacteria from the mouth can easily get into the bloodstream and cause infection and inflammation wherever it spreads. It is important to practice good oral hygiene and to see a dentist regularly in order to avoid serious risk to the body’s overall health. Here are some common and serious health problems caused by bad oral health:
Having poor oral health puts a person at risk for heart disease. If the gums are inflamed due to the bacteria that causes periodontal disease, that same bacteria can actually get into the bloodstream causing the arteries to build up plaque and harden. This hardening of the arteries is called atherosclerosis, and it is very serious. It leads to blood flow problems and heart blockages, and it increases the likelihood of having a heart attack. The damaging impact on the arteries and blood vessels can lead to hypertension and increase the risk for strokes. Endocarditis can also develop, which is an often fatal condition that occurs when the lining of the heart becomes infected.
Gum disease increases risk for heart attack by nearly 50%, according to a recent study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. ( https://www.cardiosmart.org/News-and-Events/2016/01/Gum-Disease-Linked-to-Increased-Risk-for-Heart-Attack)
Poor oral health can affect the brain. Substances that are released from gums inflamed by infection can actually kill brain cells and lead to memory loss. Dementia and possibly even Alzheimer’s disease can result from gingivitis when the bacteria in the mouth spreads to the nerve channels or enters the bloodstream.
Long-term exposure to periodontal disease bacteria causes inflammation and degeneration of brain neurons in mice that is similar to the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in humans, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The findings, which are published in PLOS ONE, suggest that periodontal disease, a common but preventable gum infection, may be an initiator of Alzheimer’s, which currently has no treatment or cure.
“Other studies have demonstrated a close association between periodontitis and cognitive impairment, but this is the first study to show that exposure to the periodontal bacteria results in the formation of senile plaques that accelerate the development of neuropathology found in Alzheimer’s patients,” said Dr. Keiko Watanabe, professor of periodontics at the UIC College of Dentistry and corresponding author on the study.
“This was a big surprise,” Watanabe said. “We did not expect that the periodontal pathogen would have this much influence on the brain, or that the effects would so thoroughly resemble Alzheimer’s disease.” (
Research has already found Porphyromonas gingivalis in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. P. gingivalis is a bacterium associated with chronic periodontitis. Researchers propose that when these bacteria reach the brain, an immune response is stimulated in the brain to release proteins that kill the bacteria, but also cause broader destruction. ( https://www.itop-dental.com/fr/blogs/alzheimers-disease-linked-gum-disease)
The respiratory system can suffer as a result of poor oral health. Bacteria in the mouth from infected teeth and swollen gums can be breathed into the lungs or travel there through the bloodstream. Once there the bacteria can lead to respiratory infections, pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and even COPD.
A number of studies have suggested that periodontal infections contribute to systemic diseases and conditions. Now, a team of Brazilian researchers has found new evidence that periodontitis increases the risk of severe asthma. In a study of over 200 participants, they found that adults with periodontal disease are significantly more likely to develop the condition. ( https://am.dental-tribune.com/news/periodontal-disease-may-elevate-asthma-risk/)
Not only are diabetics already more susceptible to infection such as infected gums that lead to periodontal disease, but periodontal disease can in turn make diabetes more difficult to control. Symptoms can worsen as blood sugar levels go haywire because of gum disease. It is especially important for diabetics to take good care of their oral health to prevent complications with their disease. Because gum disease can lead to higher than normal blood sugar levels, a person with poor oral health is at an increased risk of developing diabetes.
Gum Disease Symptoms
However, warning signs of gum disease include the following:
- Red, swollen or tender gums or other pain in your mouth
- Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food
- Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth, causing the teeth to look longer than before
- Loose or separating teeth
- Pus between your gums and teeth
- Sores in your mouth
- Persistent bad breath
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- A change in the fit of partial dentures
Millions of people don't know they have this serious infection that can lead to tooth loss if not treated.
Now how to start taking care of your teeth
The Lord guided me to this amazing gem by Dr David Kennedy, in an ocean of videos with all kind of expensive treatments and strange "cures", this great dentist had found a tested and effective way to handle the problem by simply getting rid of what's causing it, and what's wonderful is that it's easy and free! Here's a video where he explains everything you need to know about the disease and what causes it, as well as his protocol to start taking care of your teeth properly and stop the damages (it's a long video but you need to watch it entirely to understand the gravity of the issue, plus it will motivate you to take this seriously)
Edit: And if you still don't have the time or you've already watched the video and would like to go back to the protocol part only here's a shorter video:
In the video he will bring up brushing and flossing, many of us (including myself) were never taught the correct way, so here are 2 short videos on how to brush and floss:
My mother has since been following Dr Kennedy's protocol and in just a couple of days her inflamed gum and pain has been getting much better, I pray that everybody considers taking better care of their teeth and shares this information with their loved ones, especially the seniors who would greatly benefit from it. May God bless you and be with you all.
The root cause for dental caries and gum infection is not brushing, flossing, etc... It is a lack of minerals and key vitamins. Your teeth are living bones and you can keep them healthy by diet. You can even have caries (cavities) heal themselves.
I walked away from allopathic medicine 20 years ago and have studied nutrition, folk medicine, etc... ever since. One must treat the cause.
In animal husbandry, we check the teeth to check the health of the animal. This is because by God's design the body will triage nutrition, sacrificing long term health for sort term survival. The teeth will loose minerals 1st.
Oral health is a primary indicator. Also infection in the mouth, will spread to the rest of the body. If are not equipped to stop it in the mouth, you will not have much luck, as you are already weak.
Also keep in mind that dentist use some of the most toxic chemicals on you: fluoride, mercury, etc... As well as perform very foolish and dangerous procedures, like root canal.
The medical profession profits from misinformation and people's misery. The symbol for it is apt, two serpents.
Mitch - Just my take.
I totally agree with what you said brother Mitchell, nutrition is the pillar for strong and healthy teeth. But not all dentists are villains, actually one of the greatest researcher on nutrition and tooth decay was Dr Weston Price who happened to be a dentist (More about him and the ancestral diet for healthy teeth here
And if you had the chance to watch the video by now you must have noticed that this man is actually against fluoride, and if you check his other videos he has plenty more on the dangers of fluoride and mercury fillings.
If someone has already been contaminated by these parasites and suffers from the early signs of gum disease, sadly nutrition would be of very little help, as these "bad bugs" feed on the root of your teeth and all intakes of minerals will not stop their devastating effects.
Looking at cranes from centuries ago, when soils were higher in all minerals and fruits must have been 100 times (if not more) higher in vitamins and everything gmo & pesticides free, there still were signs of periodontal disease on the cranes discovered, proving that this is not something food can fix:
" Dental caries and periodontal disease are not diseases that appeared in the modern era, so-called “modern diseases” or “diseases of civilization. ” Instead, they are ancient diseases with a long history of afflicting mankind. Therefore, the study of dental caries and periodontal disease in ancient people can be a major key to unlock information on their daily lives and behavioural patterns. Such a study on ancient human skeletal remains can provide information on dietary habits and lifestyles in various stages of human evolution, including diet, subsistence and oral hygiene. Dental caries is considered to be the disease with the most case reports in dental paleopathology. The reason is that dental caries occurs in teeth which have the hardest tissue in the human body. Therefore, even if ancient human skeletal remains are excavated in poorly preserved conditions, dental caries can be distinguished relatively easily and data can be accumulated easily for statistical analysis. Studies of dental caries date back to the Meiji and Taisho era in Japan." https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/01ab/7bd87b8780f7538cbd3580d05709a25e64ac.pdf
So the reason I'm sharing this is because this DIY treatment to stop periodontal disease is harmless and free. Nothing hurts more than a tooth pain so if that can be avoidable why not share the knowledge and have people take care of their health in an efficient way?
That was the goal of my post and I really pray that the brethren do not get put off by the fact that the man who's making the video is a dentist, like I said again not all dentists are bad, this man has tested his theory and has been keeping track of the efficiency of his protocol and it works. So please spare yourself and your family future visits to the dentist, I've seen my mother go through that and it was heartbreaking to watch.
I have read his work, own the books, etc... I am a big fan of his work and the foundation.
This is why I made the post. He found that the root cause was nutrition, not brushing, fluoride, fillings, etc...
I am aware that some dentist understand and work with the body's natural resources to heal. It is very hard to find one. Once one learns the cause, then you can resolve the underlying problem.
I have healed major health issues: back, teeth, depression, and addiction; using this approach. It turned my life around. It was the Lord (in highnsight) that led me to it.
I come from a family of medical professionals, so it was not easy for me to change my views. The Lord put me on the path, He answered my prayers.
I do not own a tv, I read. About a book a week, only non-fiction. So I have read a great deal on health, nutrition, and wellness. I also trained in it while I worked full time as a Unix geek for AT&T.
I do not practice it as a professional, (or computers anymore) but I still read and watch lectures on the topic.
I do not mean to ruffle feathers or argue with folks. Just try to provide input and help when I can. When you are born again, your world view changes. I no longer see the "institutions" we grew up with a benevolent.
I agree that nutrition has a great impact on oral health.
When I was in junior high (~14 yrs old) I decided to only drink water and cut way back on sugary foods. My baby fat melted away like butter. I started dipping snuff the first week of high school. Smokeless tobacco has all kinds of sugar, salt, and chemicals added, and I was quickly addicted. Rather than doing the wise thing and quitting early on, I did a bunch of research to stay as healthy as possible (so that I could keep the unhealthy habit). I found that oral hygiene was the way to go. I cut back more on sugar because it feeds bacteria, cancer cells, etc. I tried "oil pulling" on and off for years. I started flossing every day, brushing twice a day, always chewing gum before and after dipping, etc. Praise the Lord that I have not had a dip for about half a year now! Even though I quit dipping, I kept all these hygienic habits I picked up along the way (except oil pulling).
The two videos you posted about how to floss and how to brush blew me away! I've been using the floss picks twice a day for years and never knew that you're supposed to floss under the gums. Incredible. It is kinda disturbing, though, that I was not properly flossing away all that tobacco gunk for so many years... Gross!
I'm sorry for the late reply, had so much work these past few days;
to brother Mitchell: No worries, I didn't get offended or anything like that, in fact I agreed with most of what you had to say, but I felt I had to correct what I thought were wrong misconceptions you had about the disease and the author of the video. Thank you for sharing your testimony, I'm glad to hear that you're also a fan of Dr Price, his discoveries have changed the way I look at food (I used to be a low fat vegan, not anymore!). ps: I just noticed that I wrote "cranes" which is the french word for skulls or craniums, silly me 😆... I still hope my comment made sense. God bless you brother.
to brother Samuel: indeed, seeing the floss go beyond the gum line shocked me too and made me realize that I never really flossed my teeth properly! Praise the Lord, I'm happy to hear that you overcame that bad habit and are taking good care of your teeth (by the way chewing gums made with xylitol are great for preventing cavities, but just what you're doing by reducing sugars will certainly have the biggest impact), keep up the good work brother.
Also a quick update on my mother's periodontal disease: The gum bleeding has reduced by 80%, the gums are more pink and less inflamed & sore (used to look dark red), she used to complain about having a bitter taste in her mouth for literally years! And that has completely disappeared... She now only uses iodized salt for the solution that goes in the waterpik, the original recipe had iodine and baking soda but we ran out of both and it seems that the salt is working just fine!