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How Your Teeth Affect Your Health


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  • It's very true . . . . for humans . . . and our canine friends as well . . .
    I love my Hydro-floss. My dentist tells me my teeth are the cleanest in town. He also told me that brushing more than twice a day is not a good idea.
  • good information - thank you!
  • As someone who has heard of someone with oral cancer I was surprise that there was no mention of the hazards of tobacco - especially snuff as you can get oral and or throat cancer from years of dipping- I know this was about dental hygiene, but isn't tobacco a filthy habit?
  • As a dental assistant, I can totally agree with what this article has to say. I believe the teeth are connected to everything!
  • I sure do love to see good teeth in the mirror and on others. I did know most of the health implications of bad teeth, but was supprize to find out it can interfer with your sleep. You learn something every day! Thank you good job.
  • I'm smiling when I read this!
    Good reminders of how to care for our oral hygiene!
  • MAGGY01
    I agree with eveyone. The dentists are really reaping the rewards not us with dental insurance.
  • I appreciate having a dentist but,it really angers me to have to pay so much!we are at the dentists mercy even when having insurance,I pay so MUCH!My daughter had 4 wisdom teeth out and it costed me out of pocket $1300
  • We have dental insurance every other year or so. I swear by flossing, Mentadent toothpaste, and Listerine. I do this every day and have had no cavities since I started 10 years ago. My husband and daughter(when she lived at home) don't and have had cavities each time they go to the Dentist.
  • I do not agree with the comment about using toothpaste that has floride in it. Floride is a petroleum by-product and is toxic when taken internally. I use a toothpaste that doesn't have floride in it. I avoid drinking water that has floride in it. I just had a great checkup with my dentist too.
    I'm one of those people who have never had a cavity! BUT, I have been battling gum disease since 1990. I see a dentist or peridontist every 4 months, and I have had bone implants 3 times. This is serious stuff!! My long-time dentist did not diagnose the problem and only after his death when I found a new dentist did my problem come to light. Yet another reason for second opinions!
  • IVY_13
    Fluoride actually hurts my teeth. They have been much better since I've stopped using it. Other than that, what a revolutionary article, full of things I already knew.
  • to learn incredible things about teeth, check out david wolfe and adya clarity. mercury fillings and the gases they expel(especially to females near a dental office) and long term mercury exposure as well. learn about flossing yes. and never ingest fluoride, merely brush with it. plaque is actually calcification (there are good calcium and bad calcium) and there are better ways to remove it than scraping. your nutritional ingestion by far is the biggest most important aspect of your health. and know that the blood vessels and capilaries that actually reach your teeth are so small, to have healthy strong teeth you need to eat lots of minerals and leafy greens. try to stay away from sugar at all costs.
    and as for traditional toothpaste...why! just brush with water and rinse good, or use baking soda with lemon juice or strawberries(citric acid) like once every week or two weeks. most folks have no clue what healthy is anymore and there is so much to learn. the solutions are always so profound yet so simple.
    I was very interested in your article about the relationship between good oral health and overall health. As a dental hygienist, I know that our profession is primarily the identifiers and "treaters" of periodontal disease, and the early stages of this disease, gingivitis. We also love to educate people about their need for removing plaque on all tooth surfaces every 24 hours. (Flossing is simply the way to make that happen!)

    As well as a two way co-relation between gum disease and diabetes, bacteria in ones mouth may affect the heart, can be breathed in to the lungs to increase chances of pneumonia especially in the elderly, and may lead to underweight and premature babies in preganant women. Talk to your dental hygienist in her own practice, or as part of a team of caring dental professionals in a dentist's office, to answer questions and assess your risk of this very common disease. By removing the build-up of plaque and calculus (tartar) on ones teeth by scaling, inflammation will disappear. Then by learning specific, proper techniques for cleaning your teeth and soft tissues of the mouth you will be able to maintain good oral health and overall health.

    Muriel Laughton
    Registered Dental Hygienist
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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