TEETH FOR LIFE
This report is an excerpt from my book about what happened when at the age of just 30, I was told that I needed gum surgery, an expensive and very painful procedure. I got a second opinion and that turned into a game changer for me. I hope you will benefit from this report immensely, not just saving a ton of money but also more importantly adding many years to your life. There is plenty of evidence that your teeth and gums have a serious impact on your overall health, you can lessen the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease by maintaining good oral hygiene.
Oral hygiene is one of the pivotal health concerns that is often overlooked. Data from 2007, even relates some cancers to poor oral hygiene. You will also learn how to totally get rid of bad breath, while keeping all your teeth for life! And additionally, add up to 8 years to your life with many more great kissing opportunities! I am in my early seventies, and to date I have not lost a single tooth to decay.Good oral hygiene is by far the cheapest and possibly the best investment we can make in our health on a daily basis.
Bad Teeth and Bleeding Gums End Up Causing Many Diseases
How? Several studies confirm a link between gum disease and atherosclerosis, a narrowing of the blood vessels that can lead to heart attack. Bleeding gums can provide an entry into blood for all types of bacteria found in the mouth. When bacteria get into the bloodstream, it sticks to platelets, causing clots. This can then lead to partial blockages of blood vessels, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Cleaning your teeth well, twice a day, can also protect your brain. How? Poor mouth hygiene can infect gums; a recent study published in the journal Stroke found that the risk for stroke increases dramatically for those with severe gum disease. In fact, it is more than four times the risk of those with mild gum disease.Research has long associated oral health with a raised risk of dementia. Additionally, studies of gum disease sufferers were found to be at a high risk of developing diabetes.
Four Simple Steps to Great Oral Hygiene
I have been using Waterpik (a small dental appliance available at most drug stores) twice daily, since 1972. I am so convinced of the benefits of this best oral hygiene that I have told almost all my relatives and friends around the world, to buy one or in some cases, I have given them one as a gift. We just cannot go wrong with it.
I must say though that adding a plaque remover and mechanical brushes like Oral-B Professional Care 8950 can make a big difference too. I have been using this brush primarily because it has a built-in 30 second timer for each segment of brushing, no guessing here. This will give us almost 100% protection from bad breath and gum disease, what is the result then?
Well look at the result I have been able to obtain. For example, when I faced my first health challenge of needing gum surgery, which I eventually never had to have, I looked deep into the problem by getting a second opinion, as a result I was told to use the Waterpik for keeping my gums free of food and massaging them for better blood flow to this area. My gums eventually became so good that almost every dentist I went to see commented that they looked so healthy for my age. As we grow older, no matter how well you take care of your gums, eventually you will start to see an increasing number of small pockets between the gums and teeth, where it is just very hard to reach, yes, even with Waterpik.
Later in life, some 30 years after I started using the Waterpik, I began to find an area in my mouth that when using Waterpik I began smelling somewhat. No matter what I tried, it would not go away. Even the dentist could not find anything wrong in that area. Not wanting to give up, I went to Google and began searching for everything that could possibly be used to keep your gums and teeth in the best possible shape.
What Did I Finally Learn from All this Amazing Research?
Well, the smell went away ONLY after I started using the prescription grade mouth rinse mentioned below. There are some places in the mouth that only the rinse can get to and kill the smell causing germs. So here are the explanation four things.
- Brushing gets rid of most of the food in our mouth but it also has another function. In that, it polishes the teeth keeping them looking great. However, it does not get rid of the food stuck between the gum line and some other places, where it cannot reach. If you do not believe, then try to use the Waterpik next and see how much food drops into the sink.
- A tongue cleaner is required to get rid of the bacteria which brushing cannot. I have found the metal one in the form of “u” works best for me. Though, I think if it were made of plastic, it would work fine too. The plastic ones come as a straight strip that you bend to scrap. Some of these kinds are not easy to find in the drugstores, you may have to go online like Amazon. The scraping after using the electric brush on your tongue will eliminate most of the bacteria where it rests.
- Waterpik does more than just get rid of food particles from between the gum line and other places where a brush cannot reach. In addition, it also massages the gums, keeping them healthy.
- Mouth rinse, You will need a prescription for this next cleaning agent, this one more than likely from your dentist. Although the doctors might be a bit reluctant, as they knows that means less visits to their office thereafter. Keep insisting though or find another doctor until you get the prescription for the oral rinse. In this case, we are talking about the plaque rinse called Chlorhexidine Gluconate 0.12% 1 Pint. I use it twice a day after Waterpik and then rinse within 5 minutes to avoid the teeth from staining.
After doing all the above, I avoid eating anything for as long as possible. This way my teeth stay clean, possibly for the whole night, and as I try to clean my teeth within about 30 minutes of eating breakfast, that gives me an additional 3 hours, in most cases until about noon. This means that my teeth are in good clean condition between 9PM and 12PM the next day, almost 15 hours out of a possible 24, not bad!
Yes, if you are like me and want to keep all your teeth well past 100, then you must follow all these 4 steps in a particular order. How do I know that we need ALL these things in certain order and not just some of them? Because, I tried eliminating one at a time and found that they all contributed to keeping my mouth clean in different ways.
A Certain Order is Necessary for Optimal Results
Not only are all four things necessary for optimal results, but also they have to be done in a specific order. Why? Let me explain. Some years ago, I developed an allergic reaction to toothpaste, not just one brand but also several. How do I know that? When I experimented with just a baking soda and salt combination the problem went away. But, you cannot always have easy access to that, so I tried several brands of toothpastes, almost all of them gave me the same reaction, that is until I changed the sequence. From rinsing, Waterpik, brushing, and then cleaning the tongue, to the one that worked best and it is still what I use until today which is, brushing, cleaning the tongue and then Waterpik and finally the plaque rinse.
What was happening by brushing last, I was leaving some residue of toothpaste between my teeth, but when I use Waterpik last, it inevitably gets rid of that residue. How do I know for sure, that is what is happening? Well many times when I am travelling for just a day or two, I may not always carry the Waterpik with me, and every time I have the same allergic reaction to the toothpaste. Remember I mentioned that smell in my mouth that led me to all this research.
One More Essential Thing on an As Needed Basis
Apart from these 4 things you need one more thing, which is an antibiotic, Amoxicillin on an as needed basis. Amoxicillin is one of the oldest and well-proven antibiotics used by dentist before doing any work on your teeth to keep infection at bay. My research on mouth hygiene suggests that we all have certain amount of bacteria in our mouth, no matter how well we take care of our mouth. The research suggested that we use this mild form of antibiotics in the smallest amount on a regular basis, like once every 2 months or so to keep the bacteria at a safe level. Why is this so important?
This antibiotic has saved me thousands of dollars by avoiding a visit to the dentist many a times. What I have learned over the years is to start using the antibiotics as soon as you sense the soreness in your gums. Please do not wait until it is already uncomfortable. The reason is simple, it is better to take a small quantity right away to fix the problem, often just a 3% dose (1, 500 mg) for 2-3 days rather than taking a full course for 1o days of 30 pills. Why take 30 pills when you can cure the problem with just 3 or 4 pills of 500 mg of Amoxicillin.
This is a prescription medicine and you will need your primary doctor or dentist to write you the prescription for it. Because it is available in generic, it should not cost you much money, if any at all.
Please note that use of antibiotic, both as a rinse as well as amoxicillin capsules for oral hygiene as mentioned above is controversial. Many people believe that the use of an antibiotic mouthwash like chlorhexidine should be reserved for use only in extreme cases. (I use it twice daily for 1-5 minutes and then rinse with warm water) Additionally, amoxicillin capsules should be used only as a full course, yet in my readings through research, I have found that these can be used therapeutically in very small doses and only on an as needed basis. (The key here is to use it at the earliest sign of discomfort and not wait until it develops into pain, if you wait, you may have to use all 30 capsules instead of just three) I have been using both these methods of antibiotics, rinsing twice daily and the capsules on as needed basis for almost 25 years without any ill effects. And I have only been to a dentist once in all this time for a severe case of infection, even in that case he recommended using amoxicillin, with that visit costing me over 100 dollars.
Now many of you may be saying perhaps your teeth problems are related more to your genes. Well let me put that myth to rest. My grandfather lost all his teeth by the time he reached 50, and so did my father, even though they both lived to be 90. I am over 70 years old but, when they people meet me in person, nobody believes it, yet I have not lost a single tooth to decay. Furthermore, I rarely visit the dentist, not that I recommend that for everyone, because not everyone can be as disciplined about health as me.
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