I have my mother’s teeth. Not literally – of course. But on my mother’s side of the family are good strong teeth – and I’ve inherited them, for which I am truly grateful. That coupled with the fact that my Mum never sent me off to school with pocket money for penny sweets when I was a child (yes, sweets really were a penny then…) means that I have only ever had fillings in two teeth.
However, I don’t take the health of my teeth and gums for granted.
I brush twice a day, using an electric toothbrush and fluoride-free toothpaste. And I don’t just brush my teeth – oh no – my gums, roof of my mouth and my tongue all get in on the action too. And of course I also floss at least every evening.
So when I go to the dentist – and they now only want to see me once a year – I eagerly await the gum gap score. You know, the number they give for each tooth in terms of the gap between the gum and the tooth. It makes my day whenever I get zero for all teeth – it’s rare but it happens. And quite frankly at least one ‘two’ is a complete wake-up call that leads to serious corrective action!
And here’s why:
Gum disease is inflammation of the tissue surrounding the base of the teeth. As it progresses pockets form around the teeth – that’s the gap I was referring to – and eventually there is a loss of bone that supports the teeth.
Bacteria from the infected gum enters the bloodstream, setting up an immune system reaction, which produces inflammation that causes arteries to narrow. This then affects the heart and the brain and those with gum disease are more likely to suffer from heart disease, strokes and diabetes – as well as Alzheimer’s and dementia…
Sobering, isn’t it? So here’s to a jolly good floss and twice-daily brush!
Want to understand more?
‘Natural Solutions for Dementia and Alzheimer’s – The Ultimate Guide to Prevent Short Term Memory Loss’ by Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD
Read ‘Prescriptions for Natural Health’ by Dr Russell L Blaylock MD