What will it take to care for my gums and teeth as I age?

Do you wonder about the stress teeth and gums endure throughout your life? I’ve been thinking a lot about my teeth, mostly my gums since my appointments to the dentist are increasing each year.

I’m a teeth clencher. I think it started when I was young and then got worse throughout stressful times when my kids were little and I was running on little sleep. Later, from overworking and as time pasted juggling difficult family issues. I got a mouth guard but it cracked and overtime the clenching changed to to locked and a clicking jaw.  In the past few years, my teeth have been shifting, aching and the usual cavities and plaque in my mouth.

Ha ve you been experiencing ay of those symptoms?

This has hugely effected my gums with gingivitis and gum disease creeping in.

Our teeth are a reflection of our health too. The mouth is a container for bacteria and can easily spread throughout the body effecting the heart and additional complications from diabetes,

I remember my father losing his teeth in his 70’s, getting implants and spending a fortune on his dental care.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a primary cause of tooth loss, and is often linked to diabetes or heart illnesses. Gum disease is an infection in the gum, bone, and tissues. Gum disease may eventually result in unstable base for your teeth, which then become mobile and may fall out or have to be removed.

Due to poor oral hygiene, it becomes easier for bacterial infection to subsist in your mouth. Periodontal disease is caused by the same strain of bacterial infection commonly associated with plaque. Once there is plaque on your teeth or gums, it can potentially harden into tartar, further contributing to tooth decay by attacking below the gum line. Since the bacteria weakens gum tissue, it separates your teeth from your gums, leaving pockets or open spaces that make more room for bacteria and plaque to damage the tooth structure. When left untreated, periodontal disease can cause bone loss, loose teeth, and gradually, tooth loss.

There are increasingly more studies and evidence that shows a direct connection between oral health and overall health, particularly cardiovascular health. According to Harvard Health and Mayo Clinic, the main link between oral health and heart disease is the spread of bacteria and other germs from your mouth to other parts of your body through the bloodstream. When these bacteria reach the heart, they can attach themselves to any damaged area and cause inflammation or infections. Poor oral health may contribute to diseases and conditions such as:

  • Endocarditis – infection of the inner lining of your heart chamber or valves
  • Cardiovascular diseases – such as heart disease, clogged arteries, and stroke; according to the Oral Health Group, those with periodontitis are more than twice as likely to suffer heart attacks compared to people with healthy gums.
  • Pregnancy and birth complications – periodontitis (gum disease) has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight

Pneumonia – certain bacteria in your mouth can be pulled into your lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory diseases

For women in post menopause, the loss of estrogen and calcium in the body also contributes to our teeth’s more vulnerable state along with the accumulated stress of clenching teeth continuously erodes the enamel, causes receding gums and increases spaces between the teeth.

 Diabetes slows blood circulation, which can contribute to the onset of infections of gum tissues. High saliva sugar levels associated with diabetes contribute to the growth of bacteria, which causes gum disease.

Regular visits to your dentist can help with early diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. You should also let your dentist know if you have any symptoms such as:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Swollen, red gums
  • Tender gums that bleed easily
  • Pain with chewing
  • Highly sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums or sunken teeth
  • Loose teeth or changes in bite

What You Can Do

Eating a healthy diet with more fvegetables and fruits makes a difference. Also exercise and keeping your moouth clean with regualr brushing, and using a sculpy brush.

A Sulca brush is a mini brush at both ends with a long handle in between. Its for brushing your gums toughing the skin and going deeper cleaning out debris between the teeth. I have been instructed by my hygienist an dentist to dip the sulca brush into a small amount of Hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria form the mouth. There are many healthy lifestyle habits that you can use to maintain good oral hygiene and reduce your risk of gum and heart diseases.

  • Brush your teeth and tongue at least twice per day with toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Floss between your teeth and gums at least once per day.
  • Use mouthwash to remove food particles left after brushing and flossing.
  • Refrain from smoking or chewing tobacco.
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit food with added sugars.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings.

I go to a biologic dentist.  That is a dentist that looks at the whole body, believes that tooth decay can be prevented with good nutrition and from using good oral habits  I started going to a biologic dentist when I wanted to remove the mercury amalgams (fillings) in my mouth. To do it properly is critical for preventing the toxic metals from leaking into the body at extractions. It can have disastrous affects on the body such headaches, back pain, mental fog and other side affects.

Parts of this article are from Bloor Dental Care and from Dr. Lawrence Friedman who I highly recommend.

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Free Somatics Movement Sessions beginning in March

Lat fall, I wrote a log post back in the fall called ageing: taking wellness into you own hands references Somatic Movement.  I have been studying somatic movement for the past 6 months in a teacher training program. Somatic movement offers a gentle healing process from muscular-skeletal injury by correcting body misalignments, back pain, faulty movement patterns and chronic contractions. Somatic education directs the person/client to take an interest in their own recovery, learning how to move better in order to improve their quality of life.

As part of my training, I am required to teaching a series of 14 sessions from the Myth of Ageing phases.

I am looking for 3 to 5 people to work with me over several months at no cost. If you’ve had some challenges with back pain or wish to improve your posture, please consider participating in these sessions. Dates to be determined and will begin in early March.

Please contact me at wellness@raniglick.com if you are interested.

Silent Retreat Day

 

Silent retreat day coming up in March. Enjoy practicing meditation and movement over 4 to 5 hours, join us n Dunay March 19th from 10 and to 3 pm. Here’s the schedule of activities. Cost $35.

Join me for Mindful Tuesdays for Practice together at 6 pm.

Feed the Brain: a mindful eating approach is a perfect way to gain a better relationship with food and body. How can you enjoy food without suffering from the side effects of food anxiety or weight gain? Come on a journey of science and discovery about how the body function in its natural state and have fun exploring foods that you’ve never done before.

The next Heal to Health begins May 11th  from 4:00 to 6:00 pm

If you’d like a consultation please schedule a coffee/tea or discovery all here.

My best in Health,

Rani