Teeth!!! and heart attacks?

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   Posted 7/26/2007 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Just returned from a visit to the dentist and had a great check-up. Want to share some good tips to keep your teeth and gums healthy. We secrete sugar in our saliva so there can be a higher incidence of cavities and gingivitis. Also, the bacteria that forms the plaque on our teeth has been studied for migrating thru breaks in the mucus membrane and traveling to the blood vessels. It is thought that these plaque building bacteria may influence the build up of plaque in our arteries that can lead to heart attack, stroke and occluded arterial flow to feet and legs.

So here is what I do for prevention of problems:

I use Colgate Total toothpaste. Up until recently it was the only paste that contained an anti bacterial agent to kill the plaque bacteria as well as the ones that cause gingivitis (inflamation of the gums which can lead to receding gums and tooth loss.)

I use the electric Crest spin brush and replace the batteries whenever it starts to slow down. I angle the brush at my gumline as if I were trying to brush up under the gums. I brush for the time it takes to say my morning or evening prayers. Some people recite the Star Spangled Banner in their head or brush for the length of a song on the radio. Two minutes is the best for most of us.

I try to floss every other day. Because of my fibro flossing is very painful when I do it and for the next day. I use a ribbon floss and do the c-thing. If you don't know what this is ask your dentist or hygienist to demonstrate it at your next checkup. This prevents tooth loss.

Once a week on a day that I don't floss I brush a bit differently. I put toothpaste on the brush and then dip it into some baking soda. I get out my hydrogen peroxide and fill the cap. I pour this into my mouth (don't swallow any of it nono ) and then proceed to brush with the paste and soda. Be prepared! This method will fill your mouth with foam in an instant and it just keeps forming! The soda acts as a mild abrasive to remove any tough small plaque spots. The peroxide will act on any inflammation areas along the gum line. And the toothpaste is there to help you cope with the yucky flavor of this mixture. When you have rinsed check your gums for white spots. These are places where gingivitis has taken hold. If you have white spots you should use this method once a day till they are gone. You should also get to the dentist pronto for a checkup.

I learned this method from my old dentist who has since retired. When he found out I had diabetes he told me to do these things. He did research on bacteria that can lead to heart attacks and also on how our mouth flora changes after marriage and the introduction of our partner's bacteria to our mouth from kissing a lot. (LOL!) He said he could actually tell by the sudden spike in cavities or new gingivitis if a person was in a new relationship. Made me laugh! Hope this helps you all.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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   Posted 7/28/2007 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow! I really feel guilty now! I need to break out the floss. Thanks for the great information Jeannie!

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