The Health of the mouth:
The health of the mouth is connected to the health of the brain. In 1958 the dentist Dr. Ralph Stenman found a constant microscopic flow of fluid in the teeth that originates near the intestinal area and flows upward and outward through the tooth. This dentinal fluid flushes toxins from the tooth, provides nutrients for the tooth’s minerals matrix and repels microbial biofilm on the tooth surfaces, thereby preventing tooth decay and gum disease.
Teeth are living structures in a dynamic relationship with the mind and the body, they can also heal much like bones; they can create new tissue and exist without perishing in acid and bacteria. When this dentinal fluid system is compromised, the movement of the flow inside the teeth reverses and becomes centripetal, drawing fluids inward from the mouth like a straw. Ths reverse flow sucks bacterial and acids from the mouth into the tooth. Microbes, bacteria, acid, and fungi are actively drawn into the tooth. With this reversal in fluid flow, the pulp chamber of the tooth gets inflamed, the tooth experiences oxidative damage and demineralization, and he decays begins to show on the enamel.
In healthy flow, the dentinal fluids deliver minerals and nutrients for constant rebuilding and maintenance of the tooth structure. When this mechanism is disrupted, salivary enzymes begin to digest tooth structure, and bacteria proliferate in response to dying tissue.
Steinman & Leonora’s studies were performed over the course forty years; the results confirmed that the dentil flow inside our teeth’ inner core is regulated by an innate hormone from the hypothalamus. A glandular secretion from the hypothalamus, part of the endocrine system located in the center of the brain, holds the key to the teeth’s resilience and regulating dental lymph flow. When working properly, it acts like an invisible toothbrush: preventing systemic decay, inhibiting the penetration of bacteria into the tooth, and neutralizing acids and the surface of the teeth.
Our teeth are alive, like the eyes, the limbs, and the internal organs, they respond to all the same internal factors, such as nutrition, bacteria, and trauma.
Living teeth can heal and regenerate.
The tooth tour:
Inside the tooth is the pulp chamber, also known as the root canal, which contains blood vessels, cells, connective tissue, and nerves. This is where nutrients are transported from the bloodstream to the dental fluid. The roots of the teeth connect the teeth to the jawbone and are covered with cementum, a mineralized collagen tissue. There is an opening at the tip of the root that runs through the cementum and connects the tooth to blood flow and the surrounding tissues. Thousands of small ligaments protrude from the root surface and anchor the tooth to the jawbone. They provide the tooth with a cushion and act as a shock absorber system that allows the tooth to move slightly. If a tooth is extracted and these ligaments are left in place, they are a prime target for infection and commonly cause cavitation. With an implanted tooth, there are no ligaments attached; a metal screw is drilled into the jawbone to hold the implant and visible crown in place.
Healthy gums provide a natural barrier against more than four hundred microorganism species trying to enter the circulatory system through the mouth. The epithelium, the skin in the mouth, is only one cell thick and is designed to keep toxin, bacteria, and infection from entering the body. The gums cover the roots and ligaments and hold the teeth upright in their sockets. The health of these fibers is reflected in the overall health of the gum tissue. These soft oral tissues absorb whatever comes in contact with them.
Enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth, which is constantly building up and breaking down all day and night. It is primarily composed of a crystal called hydroxyapatite, calcium, and phosphate flow freely into the tooth enamel to build more crystals to form strong, dense enamel. When saliva is acidic, with pH below 7, the crystals dissolve and become smaller, causing pores to form in the honeycomb pattern. Porous teeth are susceptible to chipping, crumbling, and staining.
Dentine is the protective mineralized layer of living tissue that supports the enamel. Dentine is living tissue, the blood supply ends in the pulp chamber. The pulp tissue contains stem cells that can differentiate into new odontoblasts, if stimulated by decay or damage, to repair the dentine if dentinal lymph flow, parotid hormone, mineral, and fat-soluble vitamins are present. Dentine is unique among the tissues of the mouth for its production of osteocalcin, a vitamin K-dependent protein that organizes calcium and phosphorus deposits into the bone for mineralization.
Your saliva is extremely important to the function of your mouth. The major salivary glands include the parotid, the submandibular, the sublingual, and the small labial. Saliva contains chemicals and enzymes that exist solely to take care of the teeth. It is designed to bathe the teeth all day long in a solution that has a pH of approximately 7; which is exactly what your teeth and gums need. Depending on the quality of the saliva, it can remineralize or demineralize teeth. It controls bacterial flora in the mouth, prepares food for digestion, and produces vital hormones. It is a saline solution containing enzymes, peptide, minerals, and bicarbonate. If saliva is too acidic, it dissolves the enamel on your teeth and creates an environment that supports bacteria. The longer that the mouth remains acidic, the more damage will be done to the enamel.
MORNING BREATH is because odor-producing bacteria grow faster at night without the normal regulatory saliva. This is particularly true if you are on drug prescription, if you snore, or if you sleep with your mouth open.
Your mouth is a warm and inviting incubator. It is the perfect humid home for both beneficial and deleterious bacteria to settle in and grow. A cavity is a symptom of a greater issue in oral health. The acidogenic theory posits that all tooth decay is the result of acid-creating bacteria. Bacteria feed on food that has been collected in the mouth, and then they excrete waste of their own. This forms a biofilm, or plaque that builds upon the teeth, the tongue, the cheek tissues, and the gum. Plaque is an ideal nesting area for germs, which can grow into well-organized colonies of germs.
FOOD AND TOOTH HEALTH:
Dr. Steinman identified several suppressors that reverse dentinal lymph. One of the suppressors of dentinal flow is dietary sugar or sucrose. In the absence of a sugary and carbohydrate-laden diet, the dentinal fluid flows like a sap into the tooth. In the presence of a high-sugar, high-carbohydrate diet that includes bread, cereal, pasta, rice, and pastries, no flow occurs. Insulin is one of the primary influencers of the parotid gland. Foods that elevate blood insulin levels, such as refined carbohydrates and sugars will affect the direction of fluid flow in the teeth. Daily high blood sugar levels suppress dentinal flow.
Real Vitamins and minerals are needed to synthesize new tooth tissue and maintain the body’s electrochemistry. Deficiencies in minerals signal the body to take minerals from the teeth and bones for other organs. The nutritive composition of the diet is vital for the secretion of the parotid hormone because it is activated through the molecular matter of phytonutrients.
Intake of phosphorus alone reduced the decay rate by eighty-six percent. Stress, with its production of cortisol, along with peak hormonal times in a person’s life can be detrimental to the hormonal cascade and hinder the dentinal fluid flow. Hormonal shifts, such as low thyroid activity, pregnancy, the teenage years, and growth spurts in children can affect the dentinal flow and make teeth susceptible to decay. Lack of exercise and lymph stagnation also affect the hypothalamic- parotid endocrine axis. Medication, oral care chemicals, antibiotics, and fluoride systemically suppress the hypothalamus and reverse parotid activity.
Eight steps self-dentistry:
- Saltwater mouth wash: keep saltwater where you brush your teeth. Add a drop of essential oil or combination serum. Start with a saltwater rinse before brushing.
- Tongue scrape: Scrape the tongue two or three times
- Gum brushing: brush the gums, paying special attention to brushing from gums toward the teeth and using special care over the gum line. Use a soft, dry brush and apply a tiny drop of neem oil with a drop of an essential oil or combination serum.
- Teeth polishing: polish the teeth with a dry round-headed electric toothbrush. Add a drop of essential oil with a dash of homemade polish ( post about my homemade polish coming soon).
- Clean the gum lines of any remaining plaque by using a rubber-tipped gum tool or sulcus brush with a drop of an essential oil or combination serum.
- Floss: Foss two times. Apply a drop of an essential oil or combination serum to the floss.
- Mouth rinses: Use a salt rinse or alternative for mouth rinses. Vigorously swish, and then spit.
- Use the oral irrigator to rinse the gum pockets with saltwater and essential oil. Massage a drop of oil or serum into the gum line and any sensitive areas.
I will make a post about how and why I make my own tooth polish, herbs that are most beneficial for tooth care in another post soon. Thank you for stopping by & I hope that this read was helpful to you. Please, like, comment & share, until next time, have blissful week.
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