In the past, the normal bacteria in our bodies, and more specifically our mouths, served to keep things tidy and eat up disease and other unwanted particles. Our immune systems kept normal levels of pathogenic bacteria in check.
Modern living has precipitated oral bacteria overgrowth. Simple carbs like white flour, sugar, and alcohol – as well as stress and toxins – have tipped the scales in favor of pathogenic bacteria and their proliferation.
This sets off a negative spiral for our oral and overall health as these acids and toxins can coat teeth, be swallowed, or absorbed into the bloodstream through thinning gums.
Pockets and Receding Gums
If tartar remains on the teeth long enough it can irritate the gums. The gums can swell, bleed and weaken to the point that they begin to “pull away” from the teeth creating receding gums.
When plaque wreaks havoc below the gum line it’s called periodontal disease. ‘Pockets’ of bacteria form below the gum line, and ultimately start devouring the bone that can cause your teeth to loosen, get crooked, or fall out altogether.
Sensitive teeth symptoms are mild or sudden flashes of pain, radiating in the teeth upon consumption of something hot, cold, sour, sweet or by contact with your toothbrush. About 40 million people in the US are affected by this condition.
Aggressive brushing, poor oral hygiene, tooth decay, cracked teeth, and periodontal disease can also result in sensitive teeth. Certain toothpastes and tooth whitening products can also lead to sensitive teeth.
Plaque and Tartar
Plaque is a biofilm made of a variety of bacteria, saliva, and other particles that coats the mouth, teeth and tongue. When plaque bacteria digest the food in the mouth, acids are formed. The gums become inflamed as an immune response to the acid.
Tenderness and bleeding are indications of this. Dentists call this gingivitis. If not taken care of, via brushing or flossing, the plaque can turn into tartar (its hardened form) and lead to periodontitis or periodontal disease.
Toxic Morning Mouth
Toxic morning mouth occurs because of the body’s natural cleansing process that takes place while we sleep each night. From approximately 10 pm to 6 am our liver cleanses our blood.
Many of the toxins and bacteria accumulate in our mouth. It’s not an accident that our breath is not its best first thing in the morning.
Long ago, Ayurvedic practitioners observed this phenomenon and recommended tongue scraping as a way to rid ourselves of yesterday’s toxins. Essential Oxygen Brushing Rinse operates on the same principle.
Canker + Mouth Sores
Canker sore outbreaks are painful, irritating and can last for weeks. That’s a lot of time to no do any kissing!
Nearly 75 percent of American adults suffer from various forms of periodontal (gum) disease and don’t know it.
Though reversible in its initial stages, mounting evidence of the relationship between oral bacteria and life-threatening diseases such as oral cancer, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory ailments, and premature, low birth weight babies makes it critical that the condition be prevented or treated aggressively. ~ The American Dental Hygienist Association