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Team Smile-Maximum Dental Health Should be a Life Priority!

Improve your total body health… starting with your mouth! by Greg Pryor

Many people do not realize overall health begins in your mouth. When the subject of

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Royals TeamSmile Event with Dr. Bill Bush, Brian McRae and Greg Pryor

health and fitness is discussed the issue of oral health is sometimes overlooked. In the past few years, the serious — even fatal – – consequence of deferred dental care in young people has received growing attention in the United States. A case where a boy died as the result of an untreated abscessed tooth brought this problem to light on a well-known news show. This story inspired people, including a Kansas City dentist, to reach out to members of the dental community to find a way to make a difference right here in their communities. Last July, I met Dr. Bill Busch, a co-founder of TeamSmile, at a TeamSmile event at Kauffman Stadium.

TeamSmile, based out of Kansas City, was created with the mission of facilitating partnerships between dental professionals, pro sports teams and dental organizations.The goal of these partnerships is to provide life changing dental care and instruction to children who otherwise would not have access to it. For several seasons, the Kansas City Royals have partnered with TeamSmile to host a free dental health education screening and treatment clinic at Kauffman Stadium for children associated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. Kids receive free dental care in between taking in all of the attractions of the Outfield Experience. Brian McRae, another former Kansas City Royal, and I represented the Royals at the TeamSmile event, signed autographs and talked to the kids. See TeamSmile at www.teamsmile.org.

Clinical research suggests strong links between periodontal disease and chronic, systemic inflammation throughout your body. Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease, and also heart disease. Several bacteria species causing periodontitis have been found in the atherosclerotic plaque in arteries in the heart and elsewhere. This plaque can lead to a heart attack. Oral bacteria could also harm blood vessels or cause blood clots by releasing toxins resembling proteins found in artery walls or the bloodstream. The immune system’s response to these toxins could harm vessel walls or make blood clots more easily. It is also possible mouth inflammation revs up inflammation throughout the body, including the arteries, where it can lead to heart attack and stroke. Along with brushing properly, regular flossing and diet, scheduling dental appointments for checkups and cleanings should be considered.

A proper diet can provide many of the essential nutrients needed for healthy gums and optimum dental health. Since most of us do not eat properly, using the right supplements to insure maximum dental health should be a priority. There are many nutrients that have a positive effect on oral health. Everything from receding gums and tooth sensitivity can often be attributed to a vitamin C deficiency. It is estimated gums turn over at least 20 percent of their collagen every single day. Collagen supports the gums by promoting both circulation and strength. Vitamin C inhibits the formation of plaque and tartar. In fact, vitamin C is referred to as the “invisible toothbrush.” Studies have also shown calcium and vitamin D decrease bone loss and supplementation may also improve tooth retention. Some other important nutrients known to aid in oral and dental health include CoQ 10, calcium/magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and a high-quality multivitamin, multimineral.

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www.kcsportspaper.com Published January 2016

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

 

Brush Up On Healthy Habits!

Brush Up On Healthy Habits!

Did you know that your oral health can offer clues about your overall health — or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Understand the intimate connection between oral health and overall health and what you can do to protect yourself.

What’s the connection between oral health and overall health?[1]

Like many areas of the body, your mouth is teeming with bacteria — most of them harmless. Normally the body’s natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

In addition, certain medications — such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers and diuretics — can reduce saliva flow. Saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, helping to protect you from microbial invasion or overgrowth that might lead to disease.

Studies also suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with periodontitis — a severe form of gum disease — might play a role in some diseases. In addition, certain diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body’s resistance to infection, making oral health problems more severe.

What conditions may be linked to oral health?

Your oral health might affect, be affected by, or contribute to various diseases and conditions, including:

 Endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart (endocardium). Endocarditis typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart.

Cardiovascular disease. Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.

Pregnancy and birth. Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.

Diabetes. Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection — putting the gums at risk. Gum disease appears to be more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes. Research shows that people who have gum disease have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels.

HIV/AIDS. Oral problems, such as painful mucosal lesions, are common in people who have HIV/AIDS.

Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis — which causes bones to become weak and brittle — might be linked with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss.

Alzheimer’s disease. Tooth loss before age 35 might be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.

Other conditions. Other conditions that might be linked to oral health include Sjogren’s syndrome — an immune system disorder that causes dry mouth — and eating disorders.

Life Priority’s Suggestions to Improve Oral Health

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day (after breakfast and before bed).
  • We suggest a NON-Fluoride toothpaste (Tom’s Fluoride-Free Toothpaste)
  • Floss daily. I prefer to use a floss with wax, coupled with The Doctor’s BrushPicks.
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and fresh juicing.
  • Take your supplements to insure a healthy foundation, specifically 3 Way Calcium™ for stronger and healthier teeth.

3 Way Calcium™ helps to maintain healthy teeth.  When calcium levels are low, the jawbone surrenders the mineral to other areas of the body in need. As the jaw weakens, teeth loosen, creating gaps susceptible to bacteria that can cause infection, inflammation and bleeding.

  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed. Buy a quality American-made product.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups at least every 6 months. Contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises. Please notify your dentist if you’re taking any medications.

Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.

Information sourced from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dental/DE00001

Education is the Key to Good Health!

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[1] www.mayoclinic.org/dental/ART-20047475?p=1

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

Brush Up On Healthy Habits!

Our parents always asked us if we had brushed our teeth when we were younger, and they may have been on to something with their persistence. Other than the obvious benefits of healthy teeth like having a nice smile and a clean mouth, brushing your teeth also helps the rest of your body. With so many germs on our hands and the food we eat, a clean mouth is the first line of defense to keep our body healthy and protected.

How are oral health and overall health connected?

Brushing TeethBacteria can be found almost anywhere on or within our body, but most bacteria are harmless. Simple prevention methods like washing your hands, bathing and practicing good oral hygiene can prevent serious problems and health risk from occurring. However, without proper hygiene, especially brushing and flossing, bacteria can reach dangerous levels. Oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease can be particularly crippling due to their delicate nature. Practicing good oral hygiene is a must.

Improper dental care can lead to larger health issues that may include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, endocarditis, and various other conditions.  Also, some medications like painkillers and decongestants may reduce your natural saliva flow. Saliva is important because it rinses/washes away food and helps break down acids from bacteria in the mouth saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth. Thus, saliva is crucial in protecting you from an overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth that could lead to more harmful health issues.

Life Priority’s Suggestions to Improve Oral Health

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day (after breakfast and before bed)
  • We suggest a NON-Fluoride toothpaste, like Tom’s Fluoride-Free Toothpaste
  • Floss daily. I prefer to use a floss with wax, coupled with The Doctor’s BrushPicks
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables and fresh juice
  • Take your supplements to insure a healthy foundation, specifically Calcium for healthier teeth

Calcium helps to maintain healthy teeth.  When calcium levels are low, the jawbone surrenders the mineral to other areas of the body in need. As the jaw weakens, teeth loosen, creating gaps susceptible to bacteria that can cause infection, inflammation and bleeding.

  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed. I would suggest Oral-B because it’s a quality American-made product.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups at least every 6 months. Contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises. Please notify your dentist if you’re taking any medications.

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