Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body is a paramount phrase you will see referenced on my website many times, it is even the title of my first book, but what is the connection?
First people need to stop thinking about the mouth as something other than the first part of the digestive system. There seems to be this idea that the mouth is different from the rest of the body. You don’t think of your heart as a separate entity, so why would you think of your mouth that way?
The simple truth is that your mouth is the beginning of your digestive system and is very sensitive to changes in the body. In the Surgeon General’s report, Donna Shalala said her address of 2000: “The terms of oral health and general health should not be interpreted as separate entities. Oral health is integral to general health; this report provides important reminders that oral health means more than healthy teeth and that you cannot be healthy without oral health.”
Most of what we consider diseases of the oral cavity are just symptoms of the body balance. For example, periodontal disease, which about 80% of our population have in some form, it is not the result of failing to keep your mouth clean. How many of you have gone to a hygienist and were told that you are still developing plaque and you need to brush and or floss better. Well you can try and upgrade your cleaning techniques forever but nothing will change. Periodontal disease usually occurs when the body’s acid base balance is not where it should be. Generally periodontal disease occurs when you are too acidic.
The acid is causing minerals to precipitate out of the saliva and onto the teeth forming plaque. At the same time, the mouth environment has shifted because of the acidity and bad bacteria that are always present in small amounts now find conditions more favorable for growth. They attached to the plaque and start releasing toxins around your gums causing inflammation that can progress into bone loss.
Infected gums can also triple your risk of having a stroke, according to a 1998 study of 166 stroke victims done at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. And in yet another study conducted at the University of Buffalo researchers surveyed the health history of 9,982 people from 25 to 75 and found that 35% with severe gum disease are twice as likely to have a stroke. But why should this happen from gum disease?
A study published in ‘The New England journal of Medicine’ shows how C–Reactive Protein causes arteries to inflame and blood to clot, which can cause heart attacks and stroke. Medical researchers think that periodontal disease is related to increased levels of C–Reactive Protein. They say that toxins which are generated as waste by periodontal bacteria get into the blood and trigger the liver to make more C–Reactive Protein.
So now we know it’s not just your teeth that are at risk. But what’s the answer? Well, what if we were to think of periodontal disease not as a disease but as a symptom of the body being out of balance nutritionally?
When treating periodontal disease, I like to do a diet analysis. Patients also fill out a symptom survey form which can be found on my website natdent.com. One of the first things to do is to make sure you are alkaline. A simple way to ensure you are alkaline is with lemons.
Lemons have many valuable healing properties. Lemons are good for getting rid of shingles and gallstones, and for being high in vitamin C. They are beneficial for the skin, reduce fat and dissolve certain waste particles in the bloodstream. Lemons tend to remove toxins from your system, as well as reduce any radiation which might be present in the body. If you have had chemotherapy or radiation, a lemon remedy can be helpful.
To push the body into an alkaline state mix 1 Liter of warm water a day (roughly the size of a seltzer bottle) with the amount of lemons below:
Day 1 – one lemon
Day 2 – one and a half lemons
Day 3 – two lemons
Day 4 – two and a half lemons
Keep increasing the amount of lemons by 1/2 each day until you reach 5 lemons a day. Once you have achieved your high goal, start decreasing the lemons by 1/2 a day until you get to zero.
Five lemons today is a reasonable amount for smaller people and children. You can go up to 20 lemons a day. You can also add Stevia to taste. You don’t have to drink the lemon drink all at once and can keep it in the refrigerator and sip some throughout the day. After consuming the lemon drink make sure you rinse your mouth with water every time you drink this since lemons can affect your tooth enamel over time.
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