Gum Dis-ease

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Chapter 3 explains  Why You Get Gum Disease

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Gum Disease, also known as Periodontal Disease or Gingivitis isn’t a mysterious condition that strikes without warning.

The first signs of gum disease are easy to diagnose and, contrary to popular belief, often already originate in the teenage years. No matter how old you are, if your gums are swollen, dark red (darker than other gum areas) or bleed when you brush your teeth, you have gum disease.

In advanced stages, when the disease has progressed towards the root of the tooth the bleeding may stop but the teeth begin to move apart and the gums recede, eventually to the point where they can no longer support the teeth.

In a healthy mouth there are many types of bacteria that are usually free-floating and are not harmful.  People often talk about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria yet it is not the bacteria themselves that are helpful or harmful but the balance between these bacteria that is important. Only when one type of bacteria increases in number do problems begin.

What is Plaque?

We call the sticky white substance that forms on teeth, between them and in the area between the teeth and gums ‘plaque’. Run a rubber-tipped instrument along the baseline of your teeth and you will easily see the white material.

How Plaque can cause Gum Disease

When plaque collects along the gumline, it can cause gingivitis. Healthy gums form an elastic seal around each tooth to keep plaque and bacteria away from the sensitive roots. Plaque toxins and enzymes attack healthy gums, eventually creating pockets as the gums loosen and pull away from the tooth.

Your teeth comprise less than ten percent of the total mouth area. By just brushing your teeth, ninety percent of your mouth will remain untouched!

Total mouth hygiene includes cleaning your teeth, gums, inner cheek, roof and floor of your mouth and your tongue.  If all these areas are cleaned properly, twice a day gingivitis, periodontitis, tooth decay and bad breath will disappear in almost every instance.

Tooth Decay Starts From The Inside

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Tooth Decay Affects Your Whole Body

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Chapter 2 shows WHY tooth decay starts from the inside

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Most of you probably believe that tooth decay starts on the outside of the tooth – a crack or a cavity in the enamel.  The truth is that poor eating habits, especially the regular consumption of processed foods and sugars of all sorts are more likely to cause tooth decay from the inside, as poor brushing habits are from the outside.

Deteriorating teeth is always a sign of poor body maintenance.

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On average people brush their teeth twice a day – for 45 seconds on the way to breakfast and for another 45 seconds again before bed.

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Tooth decay affects your whole body!

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Ralph Steinmann DDS, founder of Loma Linda Dental School and John Leonora, PhD (endocrine physiology) illustrated that poor quality food plays a significant role in tooth decay.

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They showed that tooth decay attacks from inside the tooth before you can see any evidence appearing on the outside. Also that the normal flow of fluids from inside to outside is reversed when junk food is eaten.

It’s an extremely significant study but bearing in mind my preference not to harp on too much about the benefits of good nutrition,you´ll find more on this in the Appendixof the book.

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Tooth decay always extends far deeper than x-rays might indicate

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How tooth decay starts

Tooth decay starts with a tiny chalky discolouration.  The most susceptible areas are the surface, the neck of the tooth and areas where the teeth touch each other. The decaying areas soften and turn dark.  Once the enamel has been damaged the much softer dentin is exposed.  From here the process of decay is fast continuing towards the pulp

At this point you probably notice temperatures of the food you eat and drink.  You will know that the pulp has a serious infection and is about to die when you experience a sensitivity to hot.

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The Living tooth


The Living tooth

This is   Chapter 1   providing a list of all parts of a tooth you need to know.

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Enamel

Is the hardest substance in your body

Dentine

Protects the pulp.  It has many miles of tiny little channels that lead from the dentine to the pulp filled with a fluid similar to the fluid in the spine and brain.  Although microscopic, these tubules still allow bacteria to enter and remain hidden there for a long time.

Pulp

Contains nerves, blood and lymph vessels.

Roots

The roots lie in the jaw bone, the tooth socket.. The surface of the root is the cementum.

Cementum

The cementum is a very thin layer that covers the dentine of the roots and has no blood supply. On the enamel the periodontal ligaments are attached.

Periodontal Ligament

The periodontal ligaments are attached to the cementum and hold the tooth in the jaw bone.  The tooth is not totally fixed in the bone but elastically joined.  It has nerve and blood supply.

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(3:28): ZOOM INTO A TOOTH

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This short film clip shows  the inside of a tooth. Be up for a surprise if you think a tooth is rock solid.

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Dentistry Today.

How You Avoid The Dark Side Of Dentistry

Discover Helen Butler´s thoughtful view on dentistry while we`ve been on Tom Evans´s workshop  “Author´s Re-Treat”. Get inspired!

Go for the real smile

Spiders, they keep appearing all around me, crawling over my book. Their eight legs clattering along. Weaving their intricate webs of lies and deceit and so we weave. We spin those webs, casting out our thoughts and feelings. Catching our prey within it. Like the venus fly trap. We send out our scent into the night. Attracting all the honey and when we do and  we get one that sniffs a bit too close, then bang, we snap shut and we keep a tight hold. No way are we letting go of the prey.

Today from where I sit, I see so much. Just look around, GHD straighteners, push up bras, chicken fillets, make up, nail art, teeth whitened, botox. Look different, look younger, look taller. It´s all just a veneer, to just paste over, an image to just fill in and conform to.

Take a trip to the dentist and what happens?


He takes a look inside and whats in there looks dark, a black hole. A quick poke around, a few smoke and mirrors. Then drill and fill a few bits and pieces. The sticking plaster has been stuck in the whole. We look in the mirror and close our mouths. We smile once more through gritted teeth.

Do we like the reflection that stares back at us?

What is actually in that black hole?

If we were to open our mouths and take a proper look? Would it be good or would there be much darkness, much badness.

And so, just like those creepy crawly spiders, it might make you shudder. It may make you want to run away screaming. It may make you want to shut your mouth and not go back to that dentist because, it may cause pain.

The healings didn’t quite happen with a pill and a drill. But that’s OK, you don’t have to look again if you don’t want to, another dentist will do as you ask and fill a few more gaps and not bother to look at the smile within. Or even better, get some veneers and really cover up the truth.

Darkness is not such a bad thing and badness can always be transformed to good if you so choose and are not afraid to face your fears. It isn’t always the easy option short term, but when the same problem repeats itself, then take a look, face your fears and maybe surprise yourself with where you can shine your light and actually allow yourself to see and marvel at your own true smile.

Who needs a dentist?

Well maybe some do and if  he’s the one for you, then brilliant. That’s something that has to be worth truly smiling about. Just this time, your smile is your own and the one smiling back isn’t saying through false teeth, that’s $100 please maam.

Thank you Helen for sharing your opinion.

This way dentistry becomes far more complex than just the normally perceived routine of drill, fill and bill.

Your Jaw and Skull

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Chapter 23

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Your Jaw and Skull

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Here is where you get an understanding of the mechanics of your body e.g. how a filling that is too high in a tooth can upset the delicate balance of your bite which in turn may create symptoms elsewhere in your body.

A very important part in this balance is your Temporo-Mandibular-Joint (TMJ) which helps you move your jaw up and down.

The TMJ is no doubt affected by almost every other part of your body hence can cause all kinds of problems such as head ache, tooth ache, neck or shoulder pain and even back pain or hamstring problems, actually affecting your whole body.

If you have pain in the this joint or it doesn´t function as it should whether it´s due to muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels or other associated tissues, this is called Temporo-Mandibular-Disorder or –Dysfunction.

The TMJ is the headquarter of the body´s balance mechanism, and if the jaw doesn´t close properly because of maloccluded teeth, the balance mechanism is forced to adapt.

Due to this constant stress the brain is pumping out lots of noradrenalin and serotonin which sensitizes the autonomic nervous system, making you vulnerable to any other stressors like bad diet or emotional problems hence depression could be linked to TMJ dysfunction.

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Children´s Teeth

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Healthy parents conceive healthy children!

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As soon as the teeth appear, you can gently wipe them with cotton wool after the evening meal.

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Up to about the age of five, it is necessary for the parents to clean the child`s teeth again themselves. After this age parents still need to check that cleaning is done properly.

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I recommended you use a non-harmful toothpaste that is fluoride-free and contains no questionable ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphate or artificial sweeteners. READ THE LABEL

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Children should only start using toothpaste if they are able to rinse and spit out the residue.

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Some parents like to role-play an impending visit to the dentist with their child, which I recommend you do, leave out any reference to the magic words:” It will not hurt”.

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If you have a routine dental appointment for yourself, take your child with you just to get him/her familiar with the dentist, the new environment and especially the sounds.

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If one of the baby teeth has to be extracted your child should wear a “space maintainer”. This maintains the space for the permanent tooth to grow properly which is especially important for front teeth before the age of 4 and all other “baby teeth” before the age of 9.

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Early habits like breathing through the mouth, sucking the thumb and tongue thrusting do not affect the permanent teeth if stopped by the age of 5 years.

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To prevent the Nursing Bottle Syndrome from happening simply give your child plain water and never dip the pacifier in any sweet-tasting substances.

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Do Not Add ANY Sugar to Their Food and

 

Avoid All Sugared Drinks.

 

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Tooth-Organ-Connection

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YOUR TEETH and YOUR BODY are CONNECTED

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I found this wonderful piece of art on Dr. Poschneider´s web site.

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One of many  stories from my clinic:

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For many years a patient had suffered from alternating constipation and diarrhoea together with pains in his stomach and large intestine before becoming a patient at my clinic. The initial x-ray showed a large bone loss on the lower right first molar.
This tooth is linked to the large intestine.
The tooth and the abscess were removed, the bone cleaned and some homeopathic remedies injected into this area.
When he came back for checking the healing process only a few days later, his pain was gone as were his constipation and diarrhoea.

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This gives you a first impression on how your teeth are connected with the rest of your body.

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If a tooth develops decay and another doesn´t, this isn´t just a case of poor nutrition and bad bushing. Your teeth reflect your physical as well as your emotional conditions. If you look after your teeth well and yet a tooth starts to decay, there could be an emotional issue needing to be resolved.
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Check out this fascinating INTERACTIVE TOOTH CHART and discover more!

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The meridian acupuncture system, known in Traditional Chinese Medicine since more than 5000 years, shows the vital relationship between your teeth and your sense organs, joints, spinal segments, vertebrae, organs and endocrine glands.
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“The mouth is the mirror to the body.”

Sir William Osier, a founding father of modern medicine

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Root canal treated teeth for example can create disturbing energetic blocks in the body, leading to the interruption of organ function. If a person has a weak internal organ, a root canal performed on the associated meridian tooth could make it considerably more problematic.

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Like muscles and organs, teeth store memories of events from your life and especially from any kind of stress.

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In her book  ‘Feelings Buried Alive Never Die’ Karol K Truman says each tooth as well as each organ represents a pair of emotions (positive and negative).

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Check out: www.toothwizards.com

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Gum disease more harmful than diabetes

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Gum Disease is more harmful than Diabetes

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According to new research gum disease carries a higher risk of causing a stroke than diabetes.

People are twice as likely to suffer from a non-fatal stroke as a result of gum disease compared to diabetes.

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Until recently high blood pressure and diabetes were widely accepted as major risks contributing to non-fatal stroke.

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The research puts the impact of gum diesease on the same level as high blood pressure as an independent risk factor associated to non-fatal stroke.

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Source:   Dental Tribune UK Edition April 18 – 24  2011

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Get blotting brushesfor you and your family to avoid gum disease in the first place.

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Join the Blotting ® evolution

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The Phillips Blotting Brush and Technique

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Dr Phillips had developed the unique Blotting Brush and the associated method of cleaning:  the Blotting Technique in the late 1960´s.

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The Blotting Brush

The unique feature of a Blotting Brush is their hollow bristles that have capillary action to draw plaque and debris from teeth and gums.

WEAPONS OF PLAQUE DESTRUCTION

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The Blotting Technique

The Blotting Technique lifts and holds plaque in the brush so that it can be removed.  Whereas brushing moves the plaque around the mouth and under the gums, the Blotting Technique is the only proven dental hygiene method that actually removes it from the mouth.

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The Technique is easy to get used to and the brushes are inexpensive which makes it understandable and affordable for everyone.

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Blotting Brush & Blotting Technique are the key to total oral health for a lifetime.

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Despite all the specialty toothpastes and mouthwashes available today gum disease is an ever increasing disease. Many suffer from it without ever knowing it.

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“No surgery has ever cured periodontal disease. Surgery shouldn’t be done until the mouth is healthy; surgery being only a post healing reconstructive procedure.” Dr.  J.E. Phillips

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Using the Blotting Technique  will enable you to clean 100% of your mouth – not just the 10% of your mouth taken up by your teeth.  You can even “floss” with this technique.

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Once you have purchased a Blotting Brush you are the proud owner

of the smallest and most effective health kit in the world.

 

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