What is oral hygiene and why is it important?
Oral hygiene is defined by regular teeth brushing, flossing, and cleaning that is required to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Oral hygiene is extremely important because the oral cavity is the most susceptible area of the body when it comes to bacterial exposure. If the proper cleansing is not maintained, individuals become susceptible to gum inflammation, excessive plaque, etc. Therefore, it is important to maintain proper oral hygiene and to see a dentist for routine teeth cleanings and exams.
What is proper oral hygiene?
Some tips on how to maintain proper oral hygiene:
1. Proper oral hygiene is defined as brushing twice a day.
2. Avoid brushing within 30-minutes after eating or drinking, especially with sweet foods. Brushing can rub the remains of food into your teeth.
3. Be sure to use a toothbrush that has soft or medium strength bristles. Firm bristles can damage the gums.
4. Use a fluoride-containing toothbrush and brush for at least 2 minutes, using circular motions. Fluorinated toothpaste is used to protect and prevent dental decay.
5. Teach young children early how to brush their teeth properly, to prevent any cavities and other complications at a young age.
The connection between your teeth and your organs
One analogy for the way we look at the connection between your teeth and your organs is to think of a piano. The teeth serve as the keys of the piano and the organs are the sounds produced by hitting one or more of the keys. All organs in the body are connected by a network of pathways. These pathways consist of the circulatory system and the nervous system. If there is a defect in one or more sections of these pathways, the whole body’s equilibrium can be thrown out of balance. The imbalance in equilibrium has often times been correlated with increased inflammation and risk of chronic illness. For example, when one part of the body
is in pain the neurons associated with that area sends signals to the brain regarding the sensation of pain. The brain then processes the reaction and sends out a response to the stimulus. Similar to the pain sensors, the teeth serve a similar role. The practice of acupuncture assesses the role of meridians and the connections they make with our body’s “meridians”. Meridians are defined as energy pathways that flow throughout the body. The meridian carries a form of energy known as “qi”. Meridians explain the connection between tooth and organ. In Eastern Medicine, each tooth is associated with an area or organ of the body. Therefore, eastern medicine practitioners and acupuncturists have been able to successfully predict, with astounding accuracy, the reasons behind various diseases. Because we cannot see the full inner workings of our bodies, it is important to look for signs of chemical imbalance.
What are root canals and why are they dangerous?
Root canal procedures should be avoided as often as possible. The reason behind this is because the procedure can increase the risk of bacterial exposure, nerve damage, and other harm to different parts of the body. As we discussed earlier, teeth an organ play an interconnected role in the body. Just as piano keys control the music heard from a piano, teeth play a crucial role in the outcome of health in various organs and other parts of the body. Not only are root canal procedures extremely painful, but they also increase the risk of infection.
What are some chronic illnesses that have been linked to poor oral hygiene?
1. Gum Disease
2. Heart Disease
3, Cancer, specifically Pancreatic and Oropharyngeal
4. Alzheimer’s and Dementia
6. Pregnancy complications (i.e. preterm birth, low birth rate, infections, etc.)
The link between dental health and disease is FACT, not FICTION
The concept that links healthy teeth to healthy mind, body, and soul, can be a pretty abstract concept. However, we want you to understand that diagnosing chronic illnesses such as cancer through dental analysis has been conducted and successful at the Center For New Medicine. Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D. and her team have used this technique to confirm patient diagnoses of cancer, etc. Little do you know how much healthy teeth play a role in revealing information about one’s overall health!