Oral Health

Why is Oral Health Important?

Oral HealthFirst and foremost, keeping your teeth healthy is of utmost importance, because not only will it help you chew properly, speak clearly, but also help you look your best.

Serious health conditions often show as the first symptoms in your mouth. Researchers have found potential links between gum disease and heart disease and diabetes. Healthy teeth and gums not only create  a better smile, it’s better for your overall health too!

Expert tips to Healthy teeth:

  1. Brush your teeth well twice a day: Always use a soft tooth brush, use a jiggling motion with the toothbrush angled at 45 degrees towards the gums.
  2. Floss daily: Flossing removes plaque, food and bacteria that cannot be removed by brushing alone. It doesn’t matter when you floss, as long as it’s once a day.
  3. Avoid sugary sweets and snacks between meals: Every time you eat your mouth becomes acidic and some minerals are lost from the teeth. In the normal course of the day the saliva will replenish these minerals, keeping the teeth strong. If you constantly snack, especially on sweet or acidic foods and drinks the saliva never gets the opportunity to replace the lost minerals in the teeth and decay will eventually start. Drinks including cola and other soft drinks are especially high in sugar and acids. Fruit juices and sports drinks can also be high in sugar and acids and shouldn’t be continually sipped during the day. Chewing sugar free gum after meal increases saliva flow and helps to decrease the acidity of the saliva faster.
  4. Drink lots of water: Drinking plenty of water keeps your gums hydrated and stimulates the production of saliva. Rinse your mouth with water, especially after meals, to remove debris from your teeth. Caffeine, some medications, and dehydration can also make your mouth dry. This makes the teeth at a higher risk of decay.

Source: Dr Tina Morris, Health Essentials Issue 3, 2010

Scientific studies links gum diseases to life-threatening diseases:

Gum disease is a painless disease which, if left untreated, will persist for many years with possible dire consequences. Recent findings have shown untreated periodontal (gum) disease:
* Contributes to respiratory disease – the oral cavity can act as a reservoir for respiratory pathogens. These pathogens have been found in plaque in deep periodontal pockets.
* Increases the risk of heart attack by 25% – people with advanced periodontitis had a 25% increased risk of coronary heart disease
* Increases the risk of stroke by a factor of ten – toxins from bacteria can be associated with chronic infections associated with strokes
* Increase severity of diabetes – it has been long known diabetes affects periodontal health, it has now been shown the reverse is also true; periodontal disease can affect diabetes. Severe periodontal disease can increase the risk of poor glycemic control. Within diabetics, it has shown those with good oral hygiene are less likely to suffer stroke, transient ischemic attack and angina or myocardial infarct.
* Reduces life expectancy
* Lowers resistance to other infections
* Contributes to low pre-term birth weights – studies have suggested 18% or all pre-term low birth weight cases may be attributable to periodontal disease.
* Severely stresses the immune system – the more serious the infection, the longer it lasts and the more the immune system is affected. The immune system can be so compromised its ability to fight infection and other degenerative diseases like cancer are seriously diminished.

Source: Dr Wenley


  1. Books on Oral Health
  2. More information on Oral Health
  3. Natural Toothpaste
  4. Vitamin D to avoid gum disease

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