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.