A New Year, A New Outlook

How has your New Year been treating you?  We are four days in, and COVID-19 is still very relevant.  Have you contracted the virus?  Did you get the vaccine yet?  Will you get the vaccine?  We are all so very wrapped up in these emotions that linger from last year.  BUT, last year was just 4 days ago.  Take time to breathe, inhale, exhale and be at peace within the moment.

Over here at my ToothbrushClub, we are ramping up, and getting you ready for your best year yet!  We are reminding you about your oral health, and how important that is to overall health.  I cannot express this enough.  Your oral cavity (your mouth) is the gateway to the rest of your body.  This means that everything you put into your mouth, can and will effect everything else that's going on behind the scenes.  

Now, I don't want to alarm you too much, but my expertise is in oral health, and particularly that plaque that feels fuzzy and sits on your teeth and next to your gums.  That stuff is very very bad for you! 

Let me give you an example...imagine you are building or moving something, and the material is wood.  You aren't wearing gloves and you get a splinter.  We've all had a splinter, yes?  What happens?  It gets red, it starts to swell up a little bit and there's a little bit of pain.   These symptoms are our amazing bodies, which I refer to as machines, trying to fix and heal the area that's been compromised.  Without getting into all of the cellular level complications, what's really going on is that our bodies learn to reject what it doesn't like.  Sometimes you will hear of this as inflammation.  This happens often and most of the time it's internal so you do not even realize it!

When you leave plaque (food and drinks that you consume) behind, and do not manually remove it by brushing your teeth with a soft toothbrush, and fluoridated toothpaste, it begins to creep up into and underneath your gums.  This causes gingivitis.  This fuzzy feeling that can be removed by brushing your teeth can cause havoc on your total body health.

Let me break it down for you...if you had a cut, and it was bleeding, you'd be very concerned, yes?  You would probably be concerned about an infection, you would put Neosporin on the site, and a band-aid if allowable.  You would watch for symptoms of redness, bleeding, swelling.  If this did happen, you would be on the phone or in quick care immediately because this is an indicator of infection.  THIS HAPPENS IN YOUR MOUTH WHEN YOU LEAVE PLAQUE AT THE GUMLINE.  When your gums bleed, there is bacteria that is disrupting that area.  

When your gums bleed, there's a direct route for bacteria to enter the blood stream and travel to every single organ inside of your body.  Your gums bleed because as I mentioned earlier, your body is a "machine".  It will bring everything in its power to try to fight and kill off that bacteria you're leaving behind.  BUT, as much as your body tries to fight that bacteria off, it will never be able to.  Unless you manually remove that plaque with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, your body will be in a constant state of "fight" mode against it.  

This "fight" mode is an amazing protector that our bodies have naturally.  If you're using it all up at the gums, and your gums are continually bleeding, not only are you allowing bacteria to get into your bloodstream, which is very dangerous (bacteremia), but you are not allowing your body to fight the "monsters" that you cannot see going on inside.

With this, I will end this by asking you to please, brush your teeth at a 45 degree angle into your gumline.  Floss.  Use a fluoride toothpaste.  Do not scrub back and forth, you will only cause damage to your enamel over time.  

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