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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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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http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/dental-health-advice-from-the-experts.aspx

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BAD BREATH (Halitosis)

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Bad breath can undoubtedly lessen your confidence and self-esteem and in more extreme cases, cause depression. It does not need to be from now on if you follow the many recommendations on this site.

First thing to do is having your teeth checked by your dentist for any decay and gum disease. If you wear dentures ore have bridge work done get this checked as well. Also see that your sinuses are clear. If you smoke, well, you know what would be best.

Some illnesses  such as  diabetes or kidney dysfunction as well as being on severe diet can also cause bad breath.

If all the above is ok and Bad Breath still persists then the following tips may help.

1. Rinse your mouth with fresh water after every meal, add a teaspoon of salt and gargle

2.   Start by cutting down or cutting out alcohol, coffee, high-protein foods    and  alcohol-based mouthwashes,

3.   Avoid low carb and high fat diets

4.   Increase healthy raw fruit and vegetables Every morning and afternoon   bite into some hard, crisp fruit and vegetables like apples, cucumber, celery and raw carrot. These will naturally clean your teeth.

5.   Increase intake of Vitamin B (esp. B1 from whole grain cereals, green vegetables, beans and peas, brown rice and berries) as this is essential for digesting food properly                  

6.   Drink more water, especially if you are on any form of medication.

7.    Clean your tongue from right to the back and use plenty of water to ensure the  mucous and debris is washed away.

8.   Change the environment in your mouth so these anaerobic bacteria will no  longer grow. The best thing you can do to achieve this is to bring high amount of oxygen into the place where the bacteria live.

9.   Use the toothpaste we recommend in Chapter 6  to clean your teeth.

10.  Start implementing the Dr. Phillips Blotting Technique?

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You can also

  • chew fresh parsley;
  • take a teaspoon of whole cloves, a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and two  teaspoons of parsley, add them to a mug of boiling water, let it sit for 15 minutes, then gargle;
  • boil two teaspoons of anise seeds in water for 3 minutes, strain it and drink or swill round your mouth.

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Tongue Diagnostic

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Tongue Diagnostics has similarities to Reflexology in that different zones of the tongue represent different organs of the body.

The difference however is that tongue analysis is just a diagnostic tool and the method of restoring health to the body is not carried out on the tongue.

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The tongue is often called the ‘show case’ of the gastrointestinal tract. Tongue diagnosis is an analysis of the condition of the tongue.

Even mainstream medicine accepts and states that inner illnesses have an influence on the tongue.

School medicine recognises that changes in the tongue may be due to illnesses such as syphilis, tuberculosis, Candida, Down-Syndrome, lack of vitamins and progressed diseases of the blood.

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Everyone knows from their own personal experience that gastrointestinal problems cause coating on the tongue.

Clinical diagnostics is only able to show diseases if pathological changes are already present; with Tongue Diagnostics a therapist is able to already detect first or minor signs of health changes still to come.

Tongue diagnosis can therefore be extremely valuable for any dentist to establish the condition of his patients overall health.

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As with tongue diagnosis there is a “map” of the body represented on the tongue as well as on the ear, hand, foot, face and eyes.

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The image below shows the “map” of the body represented on the  tongue.

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If you´re would like to know more about foot massage / reflexology I just discovered a great blog post you may want to read.

 

Lazy Man´s Solution for Healthy Teeth

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Have you ever dreamed of  a secret  to keep your teeth clean?

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You are just about to discover your new  best friend!!

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You won´t believe it!

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It is  a   S U G A R

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But not an ordinary one!

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It´s name is      X Y L I T O L

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Here are just a few benefits of XYLITOL:

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  • Xylitol is a natural sweetener with only 40% of it being absorbed and metabolized into energy. Hence you get the sweetness, but only half of the caloric impact

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  • Xylitol does not increase the insulin production

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  • Xylitol´s key benefit is to “kill” biofilms

Have you ever experienced   this furry, sticky enamel feeling as you run your tongue alongside your teeth after drinking a Coke? You’re feeling  the effect of too much acidity plus sugar on your teeth. You feel the biofilm!

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To quote an expert  on microbiology: “The biggest mistake we have made in understanding bacteria that cause disease in humans is to consider them in their individual, free-floating state, rather than as members of a community of bacteria that live within a complex system called a biofilm.”

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Biofilms cover your teeth and oral cavitiy and other areas in your head (sinuses…). They are perfect hiding places for bacteria. Biofilms allow bacteria to grow. They are  resistant to the natural anti-microbial qualities of saliva and to toothpastes and mouthwashes.

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Without this protective biofilm, bacteria can not stick to the enamel and release their damaging substances that can cause cavities

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Our  modern high in sugar diets,  sugar-laden beverages and plenty of snacks are ideal breeding grounds for and sustaining of dental biofilms.

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A typical “energy drink” contains 18 teaspoons of sugar which equals 72 grams of carbohydrates, or 300 calories!

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  • Xylitol toothpaste, chewing gum, or pastilles all have an anti-biofilm effect.

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  • Xylitol fights against gum disease (now the most common cause of tooth loss) because bacteria that initiate gum disease have no place to hide in the gum crevesses

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  • Xylitol chewing gum makes your teeth  feel smooth and clean.

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  • Xylitol reduces bad breath

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  • Xylitol gum and pastilles is given as “dessert” in Finnish schools. They have seen a remarkable reduction in tooth decay.

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  • Xylitol should be given to young children  to prevent  cavity formation in the first place

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A word of caution:

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If you still have mercury fillings you should use pastilles rather than chewing gum.

Chewing gum will release even more mercury from your fillings

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http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/dental-health-advice-from-the-experts.aspx

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Periodontal Disease: The Hidden Dangers

Periodontal Disease in 53-year old man

Image by Dr Parveen Chopra via Flickr

Periodontal Disease: The Hidden Dangers

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, isn’t just a source of bad breath and bleeding gums. In fact, this dangerous disease has been linked to a variety of different ailments. If you have gum disease, these many dangers will convince you why you need to get it treated as soon as possible. If you are one of the lucky ones who isn’t afflicted, take this information as reasons why you should work to prevent periodontal disease.

Doctors have repeatedly found that periodontal disease has a very strong link with gestational diabetes (as well as other forms of diabetes). If you are at risk for diabetes, you need to protect your gums. Research has even shown that gum disease is a strong predicter of mortality among natives who have diabetes. The bottom line is that if you have diabetes, gum disease makes it worse. People who are at risk of diabetes are more likely to fall victim to the disease if they have sick gums.

Gum disease has also been linked to heart problems such as heart disease and stroke. People who were diagnosed with acute symptoms were much more likely to have gum disease and similar infections. People with gum disease are around two times as likely to suffer from certain forms of heart disease, including coronary artery disease. Periodontal disease has also been proven to exacerbate these conditions in the people who already have them.

Women who are at risk of osteoperosis are also more likely to suffer from it if they have gum disease. They are also at a much higher risk for bone loss in the jawline, as well as tooth loss.

Periodontal disease can also affect unborn babies. Women who have gum disease are more likely to have premature babies, as well as babies with low birth weight. If you are planning to have a baby, make sure you don’t get gum disease.

There is some good news to this. Gum disease is easily treatable when caught in its early stages. Periodontal disease is also easily preventable. You don’t have to risk these deadly diseases if you make an effort to keep your gums clean and healthy.


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Blotting : A Natural Cure for Gum Disease

Gum disease needs early cure

Image by Dr Parveen Chopra via Flickr

Suffering from gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is no laughing matter. Your breath will smell terrible, you will be at a higher risk for heart disease, and advanced gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Bills for dental care can be sky-high, so it can be difficult to get it treated once you have it. Doesn’t sound great, does it?

However, blotting gives people the option of having a cure for gum disease without all the high bills and visits to the dentist.

Surely not? How?

Gum disease is caused by plaque, and regular brushing simply can’t get rid of it all.

Blotting removes the plaque that causes gum disease.

Unlike regular toothbrushes, blotting brushes use a tapping motion to get rid of the plaque that causes cavities, gum disease, and more.

The tiny bristles on the brush go underneath the gums and pull up the plaque. It uses capillary action to remove most of the plaque, and has been proven to be an effective way to prevent against gum disease. It literally blots the plaque off teeth, gums, and everywhere in between.

Unlike many diseases that have to do with oral health, gum disease is a malady where the symptoms can lessen (and then disappear) once the causes have been removed. This means that prevention – and the removal of plaque – is the cure to gum disease. This is also why blotting is a perfect way to cure gum disease before (and after) it happens.

Best of all, using a blotting brush is easy, especially if you get a DVD which explains how to blot your teeth properly.

It can reverse the damage done to teeth, and also reverses the damage done to gums by gum disease. It only takes a couple of minutes a day, and can also provide a gentle massage to teeth as well.

This cure for gum disease is all natural, requires no needles, and has no anesthesia. For people who hate going to the dentist, this is an incredible find.

This short video explains more:

For more information on blotting brushes and how they can help cure gum disease see here: Dr Philip’s Blotting Brushes

 

http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/dental-health-advice-from-the-experts.aspx


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Five Simple Steps to Maintain Healthy Gums and Teeth

Why is it that with all the technically advanced toothbrushes, toothpastes and mouthwashes available today, the incidence of gum disease and tooth decay is higher than ever before?

 
We even see young children suffering from gum disease.
 

 

WHY???

There are three main reasons

 

1. The food we eat today is so lacking in nutrients that we derive far less benefit from it then our ancestors. Carbonated drinks, juices (apple juice as a pH of only 2), sugary food, processed food and artificial sweeteners all add to this burden.

 

 

 

2. The daily cleaning habits are often insufficient in removing harmful bacteria from teeth, gums and tongue and do not reflect the need for a healthy mouth.

Toothpastes and mouthwashes  are not necessarily the most appropriate option for promoting oral health.

The modern methods ingrained into us through persistent marketing clearly haven’t been as effective as we are led to believe, especially with the overuse of chemicals.

 

3. Both 1 and 2 lead to an environment in your mouth that is more likely to be acidic then alkaline. And it´s only in an acidic mouth that harmful bacteria, that feed on sugars and carbohydrates, can thrive and infection starts.

 

 

 

Gum disease and Tooth decay are Infections!      

 

Mouth breathing, sinus problems, braces, acid reflux, bulimia and prescription drugs can increase acidity.

Bad breath might be a first sign the mouth gets too acidic. Other symptoms can be erosion of tooth enamel, discolouring of teeth and tooth sensitivity to cold and hot.

 

If someone in your family is suffering from gum disease or reoccurring tooth decay it is quite likely other family members have the same bacteria in their mouth as we pass them around.

 

Traditional cultures, the ones that haven´t converted to our so called civilised Western diet, hardly ever suffer from gum disease or tooth decay.

 

 

 

 

           The new era of prevention

 

To really keep your children´s and your own teeth sparkly white and healthy it is important to move beyond brushing, flossing and rinsing to a new standard of prevention.

Today prevention should first focus on changing the oral environment. The pH (acidic / alkaline level) of the mouth should be around 7 which mean it is alkaline.

This is achieved by using a totally different approach to oral health.

 

Your Whole Mouth Cleaning Programme

 

  1. Saliva check with pH testing paper
  2. Rinse with baking soda  for an alkaline mouth
  3. Clean your teeth, gums and tongue with your Blotting Brush
  4. Desinfect and store your Blotting Brush safely
  5. Add Xylitol and Probiotics to your diet

 

 

First the saliva pH needs to be tested and monitored over a period of at least five weeks and periodically afterwards. This is easily done with pH strips. To measure the pH of saliva fill a teaspoon with saliva and place a strip of the measuring paper in the liquid. After a few seconds remove the paper and read the pH by comparing the colour of the paper with the test strip provided. Always test at the same time of the day. I recommend straight after getting out of bed. Do not drink or eat for two hours before testing.

If the pH is below 7 it is even more important to follow the next steps to regain healthy alkaline saliva.

 

Second use an alkaline mouth rinse before start cleaning teeth. The most affordable way is using baking soda in a mix with luke warm water. Swished around your teeth for a minute will provide a highly alkaline environment.

 

Third is cleaning your teeth, gums and tongue.

According to research people in the U.S. spend an average of only 37 seconds brushing their teeth. You and your child can do better!

As long as your teeth and gums are healthy use any tooth brush you like but make sure it has a small head to reach every area. Electric tooth brushes especially the ultra-sonic ones are very effective.

Brushing without toothpaste allows your child to feel the bacterial biofilm before and after brushing, which is not possible when using toothpaste due to the flavour and wetting agents. Toothpaste makes the mouth feel clean even when it’s not. Dry brush first until the teeth feel clean and taste clean, then add toothpaste. Choose a toothpaste with as little as possible chemicals. Make sure it is flouride and sodium laureth sulphat free.

 

If your child already suffers from gum problems and / or tooth decay I recommend using  the Blotting Brush and Dr. Phillips Blotting Technique (for details see www.toothwizards.com). Blotting Brushes are used without toothpaste.

 

Now floss your teeth. The Blotting Brush can do this for you as well. Watch the video here

 

Flossing is followed by tongue scraping. The process of tongue cleaning removes millions of bacteria, decaying food debris, fungi, yeast (e.g. candida), and dead cells. This process is vital as 80-95% of bad breath originates from material at the back of the tongue. For best results gently scrape the surface of the tongue from the back to the front. Run the scraper under the tap after every scrape.

Watch www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFeb6YBftHE  for a funny and educational video clip.

 

Fourth. You need to clean your toothbrush after every use for at least 30 seconds with an antibacterial rinse such as Listerine original. Then rinse the bristles with water and store it head up allowing to dry. Keep your toothbrushes away from each other and never share toothbrushes! Change your toothbrushes regularly.

 

 

    Fifth. Introducing  Xylitol and Probiotics into your daily diet. Xylitol is a tooth friendly sugar, which         kills harmful bacteria in the mouth and has amazing benefits for teeth and general health. Xylitol comes in many different forms such as mints, gums, tooth paste, powder, granules or nasal spray. Look for products like those from Spry that are 100 percent xylitol-sweetened and available in health food stores or online.

Aim for five exposures of xylitol each day.

Most important to have Xylitol after each meal.

 

Oral probiotics (e.g EvoraKids) deliver millions of friendly bacteria to change the balance of bacteria in your mouth. Use them twice daily.

 

 

This  protocol is inexpensive, easy to follow, and, more importantly, you’ll notice a difference within a few days.

 

Also Check out www.toothwizards.com

 

Yours in healthy gums & teeth

 

Dr. Elmar Jung