"A smile will gain you ten more years of life." - Chinese proverb
These words were written countless centuries ago, yet today they ring more true than ever. The links between oral health and overall health are being established on a near daily basis and the implications are astounding! Imagine if by simply brushing and flossing regularly, you were able to prevent a heart attach? We may not be there quite yet; however, a definitive connection has been established between gum disease and heart disease, diabetes and pregnancy complications. And while the research moves forward, what we are learning today is that a healthy smile truly may add ten years to your life!
It All Begins With Plaque
At the root of this research frenzy is something that scientists refer to as bio-film. If the word "bio-film" renders images of horror films or sci-fi scream fests, then you aren't far off. In real life, biofilm is the sticky, colorless film that develops on teeth and is more commonly known as plaque. It is this complex reef-like substance that build up over time, setting the stage for gum disease and potentially leading to life-threatening health problems.
Gum disease is also referred to as periodontal disease and encompasses the various stages of the disease, including gingivitis and periodontists. "Periodontal" literally translates to "around the tooth".
It is estimated that 80% of all American adults have some form of gum disease. Smoking, genetics, stress, medications, (including oral contraceptives. anti-depressants and certain heart medications), pregnancy, clenching or grinding your teeth, poor nutrition, diabetes and other systemic diseases have all been implicated as risk factors for the disease.
When The Problem Becomes Systemic
The link between gum disease and systemic disease is at the center of a number of ongoing studies. What we currently know is that definitive links do exist between gum disease and heart disease, diabetes and pregnancy complications. Currently researchers are examining the possibilities that either inflammation, bacteria or a combination of the two are at the heart of the link between gum disease and other health problems.
5 Steps to a Health and Beautiful Smile
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If you answered yes to two or more of these questions then you may be suffering from a common yet drastically under-diagnosed condition: candidiasis. It is estimated that one in every two people will be affected by candidiasis in their lifetime but many will not be aware of it or may even think that the symptoms are all in their head. The unfortunate reality is that many people who seek medical advice from their health care providers are told that there is absolutely nothing wrong with them. The mainstream medical establishment has been slow to recognize candidiasis is a real issue; the integrative medical community; however, has been treating the condition successfully for decades. If you feel that you're one of the many who have suffered without validation or relief from this life-altering illness, please read on.
What Is Candidiasis?
Candidiasis is the medical term for yeast overgrowth. We all have flora in our intestinal tract - some of which we consider to be good, such as the bacteria acidophilus and Bifidobascteria, and some of which we consider to be bad, such as the fungus Candida albicans. Candida albicans is a form of yeast that can be dangerous to the body if it spreads. In order to prevent this from happening, the good bacteria produce antifungal substances that keep the yeast in check. These good bacteria also ferment carbohydrates into lactic acid, which maintains an ideally balanced pH within the intestines to keep Candida albicans at bay. As long as the good bacteria co-exist with the yeast in healthy ratioso and the intestinal pHis correctly balanced, the GI tract can live in peace. Havoc ensues; however, when the pH balance shifts and the good bacteria become attacked.
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Treating candidiasis requires a degree of commitment but with dedication it is completely possible to reverse the condition.
The first step in any treatment plan begins with some key dietary changes. Sugar is the main fuel for Candida albicans; therefore, it must be removed out of the diet completely. A "Candida Diet" requires that sugar, alcohol, milk and dairy products, and foods containing mold and yeast must all be avoided. These foods actively encourage the growth of Candida albicans and the condition cannot properly resolved as long as the "fuel" remains in place.
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