Reduce Tooth Decay And Gum Disease By Reducing The Sugar
Posted on April 23 2019
Many of us are no doubt looking at how we can live a healthier life alongside our Families. For some, this will include a better diet and finding new ways to beat cravings for the foods we love the most which most often do not love us back… and often contain a little too much sugar. Sugar is more affordable and accessible than ever before, but sadly, it’s just as bad for our health and the health of our mouth. Too much sugar too often causes tooth decay and gum disease, a disease which is so common but almost totally preventable. To give you a bit more motivation to reduce the sugar, here is some information about gum disease and tooth decay. Dental decay and gum disease are caused by the things we eat and drink, as well as how well we keep up with our oral health. Consumables such as chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks and fruit juices all generate plaque acids that gradually dissolve away the enamel and dentine of the tooth. If plaque is allowed to build up, acid can begin to break down the surface of your tooth. This can cause holes known as cavities, as well as gum disease, and in severe cases abscesses and tooth loss.
In a study published in January 2019 in Science Advances, new evidence emerged that strongly suggests that Alzheimer’s disease may actually be caused by a bacteria commonly associated with advanced gum disease. This bacteria is called Porphyromonas gingivalis, commonly referred to as P. gingivalis. Researchers have found that P. gingivalis produces toxic enzymes called gingipains, which cause all sorts of trouble for brain tissue. This study also found P. gingivalis DNA in the Alzheimer’s brains that they studied.
The more sugar you consume, the likelier the chances of obtaining dental decay and gum disease. In the early stages of dental decay there are no symptoms, but your dental team can spot cavities in the early stages when they examine or x-ray your teeth. The biting surfaces of the teeth and the surfaces between the teeth are most likely to decay. This is because food and plaque can become stuck in these areas. More than one in four (27%) only visit their dentist when they have a problem and around one in seven (14%) are frightened to visit the dentist. This can often lead to tooth decay going undiagnosed.
It should be noted that P. gingivalis causes gum inflammation in periodontal disease. Moreover, P. gingivalis also causes an inflammatory cascade in any region of the body that it invades. What makes the mouth so important to this bacterial invasion is the mouth plays a critical role not only as a gateway for introducing P. gingivalis into the body, but also as a ‘safe haven’ to colonize and mount its attack. Additionally, our mouths provide a unique environment where microbes like P. gingivalis can hide just outside the perimeter of our immune system’s patrolling territory, yet still have access to the body. The bottom line is this: if we prevent bacterias like P. gingivalis from colonizing our gum pockets and creating chronic inflammation in our bodies, we will be taking a massive step toward avoiding a whole host of diseases.
One of the fundamental premises here at Fairywill is that the mouth is the gateway to the whole body. While a bit obvious, when you stop and think about it, the mouth is the main way we put anything new into our bodies. We considered gum disease to be a ‘gateway disease’. Inside the gum pocket, microbes that cause chronic inflammation can build their numbers and then use the tiny blood vessels in our gums to ferry their ‘soldiers’ into the rest of the body. Research has established a strong correlation between gum disease and several other conditions, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, stroke, MS, and now Alzheimer’s. If we consistently disrupt and disorganize P. gingivalis and other bacterias and prevent them from colonizing in our gum pockets, they simply won’t be able to build the numbers that are needed to wreak havoc in our bodies.
So Here Is What You Can Do
One of the best ways to prevent tooth decay and gum disease is by brushing your teeth thoroughly before bedtime and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste and a Fairywill Electric Toothbrush. Make sure that you brush the inner, outer and biting surfaces of your teeth. Using a Fairywill Water Flosser is best, but there are also ‘interdental' brushes, or dental floss or tape, they also help to remove plaque and food from between your teeth and where they meet the gums. These are areas an ordinary toothbrush can't reach but a Fairywill Electric Toothbrush can.
Visit your dental team regularly, and take your children, as often as your dentist recommends. Your dental team is better equipped to spot problems before they develop into something more serious. This makes treatment quicker, easier, less invasive and less costly. Try replacing sugar-containing foods with healthy and nutritious alternatives that are lower in sugar or even better sugar free. Avoid snacking between meals, to limit the number of times your teeth are under attack from acids. Always check ingredients. Generally anything within a product with ‘ose' in the name is a sugar, for example: sucrose, maltose, fructose, glucose, lactose and dextrose. If any food or drink you pick up contain these ingredients, steer clear. We also urge you parents to supervise your children's brushing, to ensure they learn a good routine for life. At Fairywill we recommend that everyone establishes a good oral hygiene routine, which consists of brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and a Fairywill Electric Toothbrush.