The mouth is first line of defense

Drs. Uveges-Heimke The mouth is first line of defense Recent studies by renowned organizations, such as the Surgeon Ge
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010


Drs. Uveges-Heimke

The mouth is first line of defense

Recent studies by renowned organizations, such as the Surgeon General's Office, Columbia University's College of Dental Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health have documented the relationship between oral health and overall wellness. The prevention and treatment of oral disease is a vital component of wellness, longevity and beauty.

Comprehensive general dentistry routinely screens for signs of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other systemic diseases.

The mouth is at the first line of defense against disease and offense for improved longevity and wellness. Studies have proven periodontal (gum) diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are serious bacterial infections that if left untreated can result in tooth loss and systemic illness, including the common cold and flu, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, respiratory, heart, Alzheimer's and cardiovascular diseases, along with an increased risk of stroke and pre-term low-weight babies.

Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene and can be prevented and reversed with regular dental examinations, good at home oral care and by practicing these tips for a healthy mouth and radiant smile.

* Get out of the chemical business: Chemicals release free radicals promoting disease and destroying antioxidants. They are present in food and beverages, as well as dental whitening products. Americans are obsessed with whitening products, which contain harmful oxidizing hydrogen peroxide and carbonyl peroxide cancer causing free radicals.

* Eat alkalizing foods: Figs, celery, cucumbers, leafy greens, apples, peaches, organic poultry and fish help ensure proper digestion and prevent against acid reflux disease, which has been proven to have a negative effect on the mouth and body.

* Reduce stress: Research has demonstrated stress can destroy the oral environment wearing down the teeth and wreaking havoc on the gums. Exercise, massage, yoga and meditation sessions help ease tension and improve wellness.

* Visit the dentist: Visit the dentist three times per year for cleanings and examinations to keep the plaque (bacteria) and your teeth and gums healthy to help prevent disease. Salivary diagnostic screenings can catch and help prevent the early onset of disease.

* Avoid detergent and alcohol-based oral care products: Most toothpaste is prepared with the same detergent we use to wash our dishes and clothes. These toothpastes, along with alcohol-based mouthwashes can irritate the gums and upset the homeostasis of the mouth resulting in gum disease, infection and systemic illness.

* Brush and floss: Brush your teeth, tongue and floss before you consume any food or beverages in the morning and after every meal at least three times daily.