Today is World Oral Health Day 2019
Organized by FDI World Dental Federation, this is the largest global awareness campaign on oral health. (1)
FDI World Dental Federation is the largest membership based dental organization in the world. It is the principle representative body of over 1 million dentists worldwide. (2)
WOHD spreads messages about good oral hygiene practices and the importance of optimal oral health in maintaining general health and wellbeing. (1)
It is an International Day to promote good oral health for everyone and empower individuals to maintain a healthy mouth at all ages. (3)
FDI Definition of Oral Health
Oral health is multi-faceted and includes the ability to –
speak | smile | smell | taste | touch | chew | swallow | convey emotions through facial expressions with Confidence
Without disease of the craniofacial complex (2)
Most people will suffer from an oral condition in their lifetime
Many conditions can be avoided with
increased awareness | funding for prevention | detection and treatment programmes
FDI encourages all member National Dental Associations | Governments | Non-Governmental Organizations | Media to participate in WOHD to develop community, national, regional and global activities to improve oral health. (3)
Each year WOHD focus on a specific theme to reach the public, oral health professionals and policymakers to reduce the burden of oral disease.
Theme for this year – ‘Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health’
Campaign calls for concrete action for good oral health (4)
The Say Ahh theme is a 3 year campaign launched in 2018
It empowers you to keep a healthy mouth and helps you maintain your general health and wellbeing. Maintaining a healthy mouth is crucial to keeping it functioning correctly and for maintaining overall health and quality of life.
The focus –
1. oral health is much more than a nice smile
2. oral health and general health have a two-way relationship
3. the mouth cannot be isolated from the rest of the body
4. most oral diseases share common risk factors with other diseases (3)
World Oral Health Day date is 20th March and chosen to reflect that:
- Seniors must have a total of 20 natural teeth at the end of their life to be considered healthy
- Children should possess 20 baby teeth
- Healthy adults must have a total of 32 teeth and 0 dental cavities
- Expressed on a numerical basis this can be translated as 3/20
Previous Campaign Themes
2013 Healthy Teeth for a Healthy Life
2014 Celebrating Healthy Smiles
2015 Smile for Life!
2016 Healthy Mouth. Healthy Body
2017 Live Mouth Smart
2018 Say Ahh: Think Mouth Think Health
FDI relies on individual action worldwide to roll out World Oral Health Day in each country and create a truly global movement. (1)
Are we paying attention to this
We have an International Day asking us to look at our own oral health
The message for this year is to say Ahh and Act on Mouth Health
Who comes up with this stuff and is this all Real and tangible
Do any of us even know how many teeth we actually have
What if the size of our mouth means we do not have 32 teeth
Does that mean we are not healthy oral health adults, because we do not fit the numbers of 2 and 3 that are mentioned to define why 20th March was chosen
Is this all encompassing, confusing, or not really making any sense ?
Most of us at some point are going to visit a dentist and this blog is saying that things could be different when it comes to our oral health.
Have we considered that it is simply a choice to do our best every single day to maintain proper oral health hygiene.
So where do we start and what is our personal responsibility here
Are we ready to make the movements needed for this call
Do we want to be a statistic or are we going to buck the trend
Do we all need to start first with a big dose of Honesty
How lazy are we when it comes to looking after our teeth
Do we chew gum thinking it makes our breath smell good
Do we use those mint sweets all day as a breath freshener
Do we find ways to mask our Coffee breath
Do we hate the fact that we have ciggie breath
Do we bang on about not having any time to do this teeth business
Would we rather be doing something else than brushing our teeth
Is taking care of our mouth something we really don’t want to think about
Are we hoping for some fast quick fix Solution which means no more teeth brushing forever as this would suit our lifestyle.
Are we even remotely interested in what dental hygiene is all about
Have we ever visited a dental hygienist and woke up to the fact that there is a job for us here to do daily.
Would we rather spend money on a new set of front teeth veneers than give up the bad habits that got our teeth into a mess in the first place.
Are we going for the Oscars Hollywood smile teeth, which are now possible with a payment plan.
Are we planning an overseas trip to get a whole new set of teeth because our front teeth are really looking bad and the back teeth are rotting.
Are we going for the whole hog and getting a new set of teeth to make us look young and a non-smoker, just because we can.
Are we always looking at other people’s teeth and comparing them to our own and noticed we have become a bit obsessed with it all.
Do we have self fury at another person’s choices, those who make the effort to keep their teeth in good order.
Are we interested in this twice a day brushing and paying attention to detail with our busy Fast life.
Are we one of those who don’t bother brushing our teeth on our day off as we are in ‘not going out’ mode
Are we noticing that our breath is stinking more than usual and we are struggling to find stronger mouth wash to do the job.
Are we big into mouthwash and cologne as it is a must for our hot dates
Do we wing it most nights with a quick mouth wash as its way too late
Have we noticed that those new mouth washes have even more Alcohol which strips the delicate tissue on the sides of our mouth
Have we become obsessed with our Just Incase Syndrome and we always overdo it with the mouth wash every day.
Global Mouthwash Market to surpass
$2,841.7 million by 2026
2017 – valued at $1,817.8 million (5)
Did we all know that Mouthwash is projected to be one of the most lucrative markets in consumer goods, globally.
There are 2 types –
Cosmetic mouthwash is designed to improve breath odour
Therapeutic mouthwash includes fluoride, antiseptic and herbal products
87.9% adults used internet to purchase mouthwash products
Office of National Statistics | 2016 (6)
Is it really because we like the easy delivery options, secured payment options, promotions and other marketing that brings the mouthwash to our door OR is it because we do not want other people to see our supermarket trolley full of mouthwash as it would look a bit exposing.
WHY on earth are we finding a rise in sales of this stuff we gargle without giving it any thought of what actually goes into it.
How many of us don’t touch alcohol but have never stopped to consider our mouthwash has a dose in it.
If we read Simple Living Global – The Real Truth about Alcohol on this website we get to know Alcohol is a scientific proven poison.
Imagine what mouthwash does every time we swish it in our mouth because we think this is good oral hygiene and it reaches places we can’t with our toothbrush.
What if the missing ingredient is actually real education about our mouth, tongue, teeth and gums from someone who has all this in good order.
What if the best teachers and presenters are those who walk the talk.
In other words, they have great teeth and their gums are in good condition according to their dental hygienist. Add to that they have not had any dental work going on for decades.
Could we learn a thing or two from them and are we likely to pay attention knowing they are actually living what they are sharing with us.
Could this be the education of the future and that means – those who live it have a responsibility to share and so what if this puts the global mouthwash industry out of business.
Are we ready World for this type of Back to Basics Real Education
It is up to each and every one of us to say Yes and until then we can continue to expect significant growth on all oral health care products.
There is no need to wait for the world and its brothers to change because real change starts with us first and then we reflect that change to others, not by banging on about it or preaching – just living it day in and day out to the best of our ability. No Perfect needed.
Do we hate the smell of our partners bad breath but put up with it as that’s just part of what we do.
Do we avoid getting close to those at work who suffer with halitosis
Do we wish we could just learn to say “your breath really stinks mate”
Would we just love to say “excuse me you have very bad smelling breath”
Do we lack the understanding and education about basic and general oral health and hygiene.
Do we live life in Regret because we never ever took care of our teeth
Do we get blisters or mouth ulcers from eating certain foods that we love
Do we have teeth marks on the insides of our mouth which are tender
Do we avoid making the appointment at the dentist because we know what’s coming and it’s going to be way too pain-full for us and our budget.
Do we dread the next dental bill as it seems to be never ending
Do we feel exhausted at this endless dental work that we need
Do we keep up with the strong painkillers when our teeth are trying to tell us SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT
Do we look the part of a real cool dude but the world doesn’t know we have false back teeth as they were rotten and got pulled out long ago.
Do we hate the fact we have got some dentures at such a young age
Do we deliberately not smile as we know how stained our teeth are
Do we have great hair but we avoid smiling as our teeth are rotten
Do we nag the kids to brush their teeth but never spend time showing them how it is done properly.
Do we find teaching our children about good oral health, a job we wish we didn’t have to do.
Do we need to put on the school agenda from day dot, how to brush teeth with Care and Focus
Do we religiously and meticulously take care of our teeth and gums
Do we find the time and space every evening to floss our teeth Gently
Do we know that staying Consistent with this oral health business daily has great benefits for us in the long term.
Do we realise that looking after our oral health has a knock on effect.
In other words, this Self Care routine can extend to other areas of taking care of our body like our Cold Hands and Feet.
Could it be possible to get to a point where we actually value and appreciate the job of looking after our teeth and gums.
World Health Organization
Oral health is a key indicator of overall health, wellbeing and quality of life
WHO defines oral health as a state of being free from –
Chronic mouth and facial pain
Oral and throat Cancer
Oral infections and sores
Periodontal (gum) disease
Other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in
Key Facts – 24 September 2018
Oral diseases are the most common non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
They affect people throughout their lifetime causing pain, discomfort, disfigurement and even death.
The Global Burden of Disease Study 2016
3.58 billion people (50% world population) affected by oral diseases
Tooth Decay in permanent teeth most prevalent condition assessed
2.4 billion people suffer from dental caries (tooth decay)
486 million children suffer from caries of primary teeth (7)
60% – 90% children have tooth decay globally
50 million school hours lost each year due to poor oral health
Millions of days off work lost to poor oral health with social and economic impact (8)
The main causes of gum disease –
Poor Oral Hygiene and Tobacco use
Severe tooth loss and edentulism (no natural tooth) was one of the leading ten causes of YLD – Years Lived with Disability in some high-income countries.
Cancer of lip and oral cavity – within top 3 of all cancers in some Asian-Pacific countries.
Tobacco, Alcohol and Areca Nut use are among leading causes of Oral Cancer (7)
Note – areca nut (also known as beta nut) is a fruit that is chewed and spat out like chewing tobacco.
It stains the teeth and mouth red and is highly addictive
10 – 20% world population chews areca nut in some form
4th most widely-used psychoactive substance after Nicotine, Alcohol and Caffeine
Most common method of using areca nut is to slice it into thin strips and roll in a betel leaf with slaked lime powder or crushed seashells.
Leaf package known as betel quid | betel nut chew | betel paan
Betel quids may also contain Tobacco2 and other additives such as cloves | cardamom | nutmeg | aniseed | coconut | sugar | syrups | fruit extracts (9)
Areca nut with or without tobacco is carcinogenic to humans
The risk of malignancy further increases with addition of smokeless tobacco
Lime used in the quid has high concentrations of arsenic
Areca nut users have
Poor oral hygiene
Poor periodontal health
Increase in gingival lesions
Bleeding of gums
Mild to severe physiological loss of tooth structure is common among users (10)
PAPAU NEW GUINEA
80% of the population chew areca nut
98% people with mouth cancer chew areca nut
World’s highest rate of malignant mouth cancer
Mouth cancer highest killer for men
Mouth cancer 3rd highest cause of death for women
Children as young as 8 years old are habitual betel chewers (11)
Behavioural risk factors for oral diseases such as an unhealthy diet, high in free sugars, Tobacco use and harmful use of Alcohol are shared with other major non-communicable diseases – Cardiovascular Diseases, Cancer, Chronic Respiratory Diseases and Diabetes.
How many of us have heard of this areca nut, which is highly addictive
Are we aware of a country in our world which confirms that mouth cancer is a direct result of chewing areca nut
10 – 20% of the entire world is chewing this stuff which is killing us
WHY are we not asking Questions and getting to the root cause of this highly addictive psychoactive substance
The burden of oral diseases can be reduced through public health interventions by addressing common risk factors, which include –
1) Promoting a well-balanced diet –
- Low in free sugars to prevent – development of dental caries | premature tooth loss | other diet-related non-communicable diseases
- With adequate fruit and vegetable intake, which may have a protective role in oral cancer prevention
2) Reduce smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco including chewing or areca nuts and alcohol consumption to reduce the risk of oral cancers, periodontal disease and tooth loss
3) Encouraging use of protective equipment when doing Sports and travelling in motor vehicles to reduce the risk of facial injuries. (7)
Concise Oxford English Dictionary
Halitosis – unpleasant smelling breath (12)
Technical term for bad breath (13)
25% affected by bad breath (14)
Periodontitis May Increase Risk of Dementia
New study adds to growing evidence – chronic periodontitis risk factor for dementia
Periodontitis occurs when an untreated gum infection spreads to the roots of the teeth, causing destruction of the supporting bone and connective tissues.
It is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults
Study found people over age 70 living with periodontitis for over 10 years were 70% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. (15)
20% – 90% Tooth Decay among 6 year old children (16)
50% of population suffer from some form of periodontitis
€79 Billion current EU spending
€93 Billion if trends continue next year – 2020
Studies show the mouth is the most expensive part of the body to treat
Strong evidence that benefits of preventing tooth decay exceed cost of treatment (17)
3,200 diagnosed every year with oral cancer
1,050 deaths occur from oral cancer (18)
Oral Health and Dental Care
30% adults reported condition of mouth and teeth as fair or poor
20% suffered anxiety due to condition of their mouth and teeth
43% aged 2 to 19 suffered from dental caries (19)
62% adults too afraid to visit the dentist (20)
Oral Cavity and Pharynx Cancer
51,540 new cases of Oral Cavity and Pharynx Cancer
10,030 were due to die from the disease (21)
Millennials Terrible at keeping Teeth Clean
30% brush their teeth once a day
Average millennial gone more than 2 days without brushing teeth
56% are worried about losing teeth due to their oral health (20)
2017 – 18
26,000 children aged 5 to 9 admitted to hospital due to tooth decay
Rise in number for second consecutive year for 5 to 9 age group
Tooth decay remains number one reason children admitted to hospital
31% age 5 – 9 did not visit an NHS dentist in 12 months leading up to 30 June 2018 (20)
30% People Regularly Forget to Brush their Teeth
2,000 adults survey found many have inconsistent approach to dental hygiene
80% said currently suffering with or have suffered with oral health problems
60% say they did not take sufficient care of their mouths
43% did not know how to maintain a healthy mouth
1 in 10 use chewing gum instead of toothpaste to keep teeth clean
Mouth health was low on list of respondents Priorities for maintaining healthy lifestyle – behind Diet, Weight and Mental Health.
Experts say the majority of oral health problems can be prevented or reduced through daily oral care. (22)
How are we choosing to brush our teeth
How often are we brushing your teeth
How important is our teeth brushing task
Do we love brushing our teeth
Do we give our teeth the time and space daily
Do we have a moment of rest when brushing teeth
Do we floss our teeth properly
Do we use a tongue scraper
Do we loathe it and wish we didn’t have to do it
Do we even hate the thought of taking care of teeth
Do we wish teeth brushing was never invented
Do we avoid anything to do with teeth
Do we only clean our teeth in the morning
Do we miss some teeth when we are brushing
Do we bother to take care of all teeth equally
Do our teeth actually hurt when we start to brush
Do our gums bleed every time we brush our teeth
Do we feel we have the wrong toothbrush size
Do we use any toothpaste as it just isn’t important
Do we have the attitude that teeth are not our Priority
Do we wait for severe pain before going to the dentist
Do we reckon we have super sensitive teeth and gums
Do we honestly and truly care about those teeth
Do we care deeply enough to consistently get check ups
Do we bother to see a dental hygienist who could teach us a thing or two about taking care of our teeth and gums
Are we fanatical about teeth cleaning
Are we into teeth rituals just before bed only
Are we Plugged in and Connected when we do our teeth
Do we Focus and pay attention to our teeth
Do we wish we had perfect white teeth like movie stars
Do we have a constant ache deep inside the root of our teeth
Do we have a nagging sense something is not right with our teeth
Do we dread the day we need to wear false teeth
Do we avoid at all costs having the dodgy tooth pulled out
Do we refuse to pay a dentist as we simply don’t value our teeth
How many of us are brushing our teeth on autopilot –
without our mind focused on the task we are doing
What if we start with something as Simple as brushing our teeth twice a day
The following handout is from the Simple Living Global Back to Basics Program
It is super important to make this a part of the morning and bedtime routine
Have your toothbrush ready
If electric – have both bits
Tongue scraper, if you use one
Towel nearby or over the shoulder
Stand facing the sink
Feel your feet and steady your balance
Move and clear anything in your way
This is time to Focus on the task
Use fingertips to open the toothpaste
Squeeze gently on to the brush
Close the cap of the toothpaste
Check your posture and feet position
Open the tap gently using fingertips
Run water over toothpaste slightly
Brush into the mouth – Super Gently
Important – time to really Focus now
Start with one corner inside
Close your eyes if it helps to focus
Use the mirror if that supports you
Do all of this slowly and gently
The purpose here is to clean the teeth
Stay with the job and not choose distraction
Check if you are doing this with force
In other words, it feels hard and rough
Can you feel your gums – are they sensitive
Do you have pain in any area of the mouth
Have you seen if your gums are bleeding
Clock which teeth hurt or feel very sensitive
Our gums are very tender, so be tender
If you have a small toothbrush or electric
Start with anti-clockwise – lower inside first
Then go to the outer teeth and repeat again
Now do the chewing teeth on the surface
Repeat on the upper teeth – inside and out
Remember to go under the top chewing teeth
Have another go if you feel to or it is needed
Make sure each tooth has had your attention
It is ok to allow saliva and toothpaste out
Time to thoroughly rinse your mouth
Cup your hands and get the water in
Whoosh around the mouth and repeat
Do this several times until all feels clean
Now rinse your toothbrush
Run your finger into the brush with water
Make sure it is clean with no toothpaste
Let the water run clear, then shake and dry
If electric, remove and rinse battery part
Dry with towel and place where it belongs
If you use a tongue scraper
Get your balance first and stand over sink
Do this with super attention and focus
Do not go too far back near the throat area
Very gently start at back of tongue
Scrape and rinse then repeat again
The detail and precision are important
No need to ever be gagging
Final rinse with mouth again
Then wipe and hang up your scraper
Keep your teeth brushing bits in same place
The key is to make sure your mind is with you whilst you are doing this very simple task.
Our teeth are worth the effort, focus and attention to make sure we are present when we brush our teeth – that means no distractions.
Apply common sense at all times and that means if gums are bleeding, teeth are loose or aching – get to the dentist and have it checked out.
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Reading this article has really raised my awareness about my own teeth brushing practice.
I regularly visit the dentist and hygienist and generally my teeth are in good health, but sometimes where I have a problem is with the inside bottom area of my right teeth. There can be a build up of plaque there and hygienists have always advised me to pay special attention.
Whilst reading this article I began to become aware that my gums in that area were really hurting. Then I felt the build up of plaque and realised that I had been missing that area again. I then remembered ‘Ahh the hygienist and I had discussed using my left hand to brush that area, last time’, which could help me get to that hard to reach area as I am right handed.
Coming to all of this awareness and understanding and paying more attention to my teeth brushing has made all the difference in a very short space of time as both my teeth and gums have stopped hurting.
Thank you Simple Living Global for writing this.
What a truly healing process!
The Sydney Morning Herald – 13 April 2019
Dentists warn against teenagers using at-home teeth whitening kits, which is damaging for their oral health.
Dental experts are urging parents to exercise caution before allowing children to use at home whitening products often promoted by social media influencers driven pursuit of the “perfect” smile.
Children as young as age 11 are seeking teeth-whitening advice and using these DIY whitening kits could damage the natural development of tooth enamel.
Off the shelf products are often one size fits all and can be very dangerous and they are not a “quick fix” for teeth that do not appear white, as young people may believe they should be due to what they see on social media.
Many DIY products do not have a concentration that is active enough to really work and some products are extremely abrasive and will set the young person up for a lot of dental problems in the future by eroding tooth enamel, potentially causing ulcerations and burning their gums.
Do we need to question WHY there is pressure coming down to the portrayal of young people on social media?
Will warnings cut it or is there something more that needs to be done or at least questioned?
Australian Dental Association CEO and general manager of policy and regulation says that off the shelf whitening kits were not only “ineffective” but potentially damaging to maturing teeth.
Adult teeth are naturally less white than mature teeth as it takes several years for lighter coloured enamel to develop. Diet can also influence the colour of young adult teeth.
Dr. Surace, a surgical dentist advised parents whose young children were requesting teeth whitening to be aware that “mental health and social problems” could be underlying this and that social media influencers and companies promoting DIY whitening products should take responsibility for educating young people on the dangers.
Could this dentist be on to something by saying our kids may have an underlying issue that needs to be addressed and this could be WHY they want to fit in or get the look that others out in the world have?
With due respect and no criticism – can we really see any social media influencer with the perfect smile teeth who has used whitening to get the look begin to educate young people of the dangers on what they use to promote themselves in the first place?
Could it be possible that if we ever did have an influencer who would genuinely educate, they simply would not be popular and that means they would not have the influencer attention, recognition, likes and whatever else it is that makes them famous online?
In other words, they would lose their influencer status overnight as what they are saying is real, honest, makes sense and supports the health and well being of others.
My dental hygienist was full of joy as she loves it when people actually listen, take her advice and get on with it. I was her living proof hence the joy she was feeling.
I told her that if something makes sense because they explain to me whatever it is, then I learn and have a choice to ignore it or take action.
In the past, I had bleeding gums and no amount of flossing changed that so I was bored and gave up very quickly. Let’s not blame others for my stuff.
What if flossing alone was not going to cut it and more on my part was needed?
I was living in a very neglectful way and dis-regarding my body. Self care was all superficial and not once did I consider early bed or changing my high sugar, high fat diet plus alcohol which I found out contains loads of sugar.
Once these things were brought to my awareness, I started to take small steps and made changes and of course this was what was needed in the real self care department.
Reading this blog, it confirms we have a global issue with our gums and teeth. There is no getting away from that fact and no amount of visits to get the dentist of dental hygienist to fix us is going to change the root cause of WHY we have gum disease.
I have not had any teeth work for 50 years so that in itself speaks volumes, other than the removal of 4 wisdom teeth 28 years ago because my mouth was too small to hold them.
I currently have strong teeth and gums and I realise it comes from how I am choosing to live in daily life and the deep care, focus and attention I give to my body throughout the day, to the best of my ability.
It is not negotiable in my head about teeth care. Every single evening before bedtime I have a routine regarding flossing and brushing my teeth.
It works and I have identified that. I have it confirmed that it works by my dental hygienist so that means I have a responsibility now to continue with that task.
That consistency will support me as whilst I do the job every night, I no longer see it as boring or arduous but rather a medicine for my body that will help it run more effectively.
I know I was a gum disease statistic but I have turned that around by simply doing something daily that works – the teeth brushing and gum flossing but also making lifestyle choices to support that.
Dentist yesterday – NOTHING TO DECLARE
So this is the same now since 1969 when I had some fillings aged 7, which looking back would have something to do with the fact I lived on sugar.
The dentist commented on the fact I had no bleeding gums and that there was no plaque build up anywhere which is not the norm these days.
Dental Hygienist today said my teeth and gums were ‘stunning’ because I was doing the job daily and taking care of this simple daily routine.
I am certain it has something to do with lifestyle choices and not just 10 minutes every day in the bathroom doing my teeth business.
The self regard, the sleep quality, the exercise and sensible eating most of the time has got something to do with the quality of my teeth and gums.
On another note, what was shared was our youth of today want their teeth and gums to be in perfect condition but they do not want to put any effort into the daily oral health routine that is needed.
This blog tells us the state of our teeth and gums and worldwide it is clear we have a problem.
Whilst we can focus on one area of our body and get that in order, I feel it takes a bit more and that is we need to consider the whole of our being and that means all our body and every part, which needs our attention on a daily basis and not think it is a now and then, ‘when we feel like it’ thing.
Back to the dental appointments and I was advised to wait longer for check ups as it is very obvious I am doing the work – ie. the daily routine, consistently.
Mail Online – 2 March 2020
Dentists are warning consumers NOT to buy cheap and dangerous DIY braces online to straighten their teeth, because they can cause permanent damage.
The popularity among young adults as a cheaper way to straighten teeth is sent in the post, where the patient takes a mould of their own teeth with a Do-it-yourself kit. It may seem like the perfect option for those on a budget, costing a fraction of the service from a professional dentist.
The promise of fast results involving no dental expert could lead to the risk of irreversible damage to teeth, gums and jaw, warn the Oral Health Foundation and the British Orthodontic Society.
75% of Orthodontists report a rise in patients looking for fixes for misaligned teeth.
Dr. Nigel Carter – Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation said “the consequences of ill-fitting braces are hefty and can leave a person with permanent damage to their teeth, gums and jaw. Straightening teeth is a highly complex medical procedure and should only be carried out by a dentist or orthodontist, as face to face appointments are essential.
By visiting a trained clinician, patients will get a full examination and have a range of different treatment options explained to them.
So here we have a news story telling us the dangers of what happens if we go online to get things on the cheap.
For many, the high costs of a dentist means we keep away.
For others, it could be the teeth are not a number one priority.
For the young adults of today, uploading photos on social media and the pressures of the perfect smile could mean getting the wonky teeth fixed and if that means a quick online search and bingo its happening, chances are they will not consider the consequences of their hasty choice.
We can sit here and blame or judge what people are choosing to do, but a wise question to ponder on would be – where is the demand coming from?
In other words, these dodgy online companies who can make fast money out of young adults and others comes from a demand. Without customers they cannot supply.
So let’s stop and press the pause button and ask WHY do we want cheap and dangerous when it comes to our body?
WHY is it that we do not have the deep care and respect to look after our body and that includes our teeth?
What is it about us that is fixated on images and wanting a certain perfect look when it comes to the teeth, the smile, the face and the body?
Where does this come from, how did it get to this point and WHY?
We could say this is a solution and it fixes the problem – crooked teeth.
But we all know that solutions are like band aids to a bullet wound, they do not work as they were never designed to get to the root of WHY we have the need for a solution in the first place.
In other words, it is us, the consumer who does not really want to dig deep and go there to find out what it is that we don’t want or don’t like about ourselves when we look in the mirror.
With the rise in instant shopping at the touch of a button, we can literally get anything on the world wide web and our tech savvy youth are on it and there is very little to stop their movements.
Yes the suppliers profit on the back of what we call ‘innocent victims’ but we do have a choice in every moment, so we cannot really be a victim if we are being absolutely honest.
Is it time to ask at what point did we lose our good old fashion basic values and common sense, as things are currently escalating in the wrong direction and this news story is one such confirmation of that fact?
DENTIST TODAY – NOTHING TO DECLARE
Just went for my 6 monthly check up and what my dentist did say is that my teeth are even more clean and strong.
Hmm – this is going against the trend of what we know is happening in our world of oral health. This blog is presenting that things are not great when it comes to our teeth and gums.
Would it be worth paying attention to what is being said by me – an individual who once upon a time had a high sugar diet and was overweight, miserable and exhausted. Gum care was no where on my radar and winging it was.
For the past decade and more, I have taken deep care of myself and the rewards are now very clear to see. Tooth decay or any issue with teeth or gums is just not there and has not been so for a very very long time.
I make sure without fail, no matter what, that my teeth get the full whammy treatment with no short cuts. It’s simply part of my winding down routine and because it is so consistent, it just happens. There is no internal battle going on or head talk trying to distract me or make me forget about it.
I know it supports me and I know it works – so I make the commitment and just do it.
What if we take notice and listen up when someone offers wisdom – not from showing off or trying to gain attention, adulation, identification or recognition, but because what they are living is making a difference and they just want to pass on what they do and don’t do?
Imagine if we all passed on some great tips because we live them day in and day out and they work and the results are there for others to see and feel.
On that note – this website is full of wisdom and it is in some way sharing what has been lived.
In the past, I know I was adding to the global statistics of oral health, but taking small steps and sticking to it has paid off.
Was it worth it?
Metro – 21 July 2020
A study has found that losing teeth increases the risk of cancer.
People with a history of gum disease were 43% at risk of oesophageal cancer and 52% more at risk of gastric cancer. Missing two or more teeth were 33% more likely to get the diseases.
This means that not brushing our teeth consistently and not paying attention to caring for our gums creates dis-ease.
Do figures like this bother us or bring in some kind of fear or do we ignore it and brush it aside – a bit like how we are with our oral hygiene self care?
While we wait for researchers to do further studies to ‘identify specific oral bacteria responsible’ – could we take the opportunity to identify specific areas of basic self care and start to apply them and that means practical steps? Would this be taking Responsibility?
It is obvious that no one in their right mind would want to be toothless or have gum disease and yet it is so prevalent that the masses suffer with some kind of oral disease worldwide.
How many more studies from our scientists do we need to remind us to take care of our teeth and gums every single day?
Next – this blog states that 60% – 90% of children have tooth decay globally
Could it be possible that we as adults so-called role models have failed miserably in the teeth cleaning department, allowing excessive sugar in our children’s diets and this is WHY our kids have such a big tooth decay issue – worldwide?
American Heart Association News – 26 August 2020
A reason not to vape – your oral health is at risk.
The warnings about vaping – inhaling the vapor of electronic cigarettes tend to focus on the potential dangers to the heart and lungs.
But an increasing amount of research now shows the chemicals in e-cigarettes start to inflict damage in the mouth.
“Because e-cigarettes are a new phenomenon, studies on their impact are really new.
Now we have solid evidence that shows the link between e-cigarettes and poor oral health said Dr. Crystal Stinson, professor at Texas A&M College of Dentistry in Dallas.
Nicotine, whether it is smoked or vaped restricts blood flow to the gums, which can contribute to periodontal disease. The fluid in e-cigarettes, which can include propylene glycol, benzene, formaldehyde and other chemicals increases the risk.
43% people using e-cigarettes had gum disease and oral infections.
73% for smokers
2020 study published in the journal iScience.
Dr. Stinson added that ‘the oral cavity is really resilient tissue that heals faster than other parts of the body. But we also know that when you repeatedly traumatize it, you end up having issues that are irreversible…Those issues range from inflammation and tooth cavities to loss of bone that anchors teeth to the jaw, called periodontitis and oral cancer…
Not enough time has passed since vaping became popular to assess the long-term dangers.’
Stinson does not need more studies regarding the dangers of vaping. She is seeing in younger people, who normally have more saliva than they need, present with a dry mouth, periodontal disease or increased complaints of mouth ulcers. So the question asked is “do you vape” as these symptoms are all linked to components in e-cigarettes.
She also notices more cavities in younger patients who vape which is probably due to the acidity of the components in vape liquid and an increase in cavity-causing bacteria.
Stinson attributes the high rate of nicotine dependence to the sweet flavourings that helped attract adolescents to e-cigarettes. Although the FDA banned many flavoured e-cigarettes in February 2020 in the hope of reducing the rise in vaping among young people, health experts say many are already hooked on nicotine.
May 2020 – study published in Science Advances concluded that the oral microbiome, which is the vast collection of friendly bacteria, viruses and other microbes that live in the mouth of e-cigarette users without gum disease looked a lot like the microbiome of people with periodontitis.
February 2020 – two preliminary studies presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference linked gum disease with a higher rate of strokes caused by hardening of large arteries in the brain and also with severe artery blockages.
Oral health is a critical element of whole-body health.
Here we have it – several studies confirming what most of us already know but may choose to ignore or negate for now.
We can make excuses, accept the facts and say nothing and do nothing, or we can wake up and take note. Entirely up to us where this ends up down the road, so to speak.
Cigarettes kill us, so the world and its brothers are on a mission to have it stamped out over the next decade. The thing is millions are still smoking despite the warnings and the cost to health and finances.
We now have an alternative – get the same (lets call it a vibe) but under a new banner and a new style, but the key ingredients which hook us and make it addictive remain. So the vibration is the same – designed to give us the so called chill out relaxed state of being, but this time we got a new audience – youth. This generation needs something that looks cool and with all these flavours made in the labs to taste like their favourite junks foods, Bingo it’s all there. A new type of smoking with a different name and packaging.
Where are we going to start and how do we bring an end to a toxic poison that is now on the rise among our younger generations, soon to be the world adult population?
Are we going to see a rise in new types of multi-symptomatic dis-eases?
Are our future populations going to be heading down the illness road sooner than we are today?
Do we need to stop and look at where this demand is coming from as suppliers are just waiting to deliver what we want?
What is going on for our youth of today that they have been enticed and enchanted by these gadgets that puff out flavoured steam and at the same time damage their sensitive mouth, heart and lungs?
Vaping of course is not just at the younger audience but attractive to smokers who think this is a safer option and better for their health in some way.
Are we being fooled once again or does it actually suit us to not know the facts, as that would mean taking responsibility for the lifestyle choices we are making?
We could conclude that nothing is currently working and human life as it is sucks.
It seems like no one has their finger on the button and are getting it bang on for all of us to evolve out of the mess we have created.
What this website is presenting is there is another way to live but it does require this word at the core of every choice for here on in – RESPONSIBILITY.
What if we start with real education and see where we go…?
For example – presenting to children of all ages the facts and the stats about smoking, vaping and everything associated with this.
Ensure that those presenting, like the author of this website have true health and vitality levels that are consistent and their quality is clear.
In other words, they do not have smoking or vaping anywhere on their radar and this means another gets to feel this vibration. So it is no longer empty words or facts being read or regurgitated but a living body saying –
“Listen up, this makes sense, here are the facts and all the information in a simple format – worth taking note”. Leave it at that and then if and when they do make their move, they were well informed.
Imagine schools in the future having this type of learning. Human life and all that we have created that harms the human frame being exposed for what it is, equipping and informing our future generations that it is not normal in anyway to ingest a toxic poison.
Metro News – 22 September 2020
We now have a world record for eating a famous cookie that has been around for over 100 years.
For those who may be interested, this cookie is basically a chocolate biscuit with a white cream filling. The ingredients include sugar as the main number one ingredient (that means it is used as the highest content before flour. It also has high fructose corn syrup and chocolate.
Any dentist would tell us this is a recipe to create harm for our teeth and gums. Yet we are making it news headlines because a guy can double up the cookies and eat 141 in just 5 minutes.
WHY do we champion this type of behaviour and whilst we praise him and make him a local hero or national news biscuit world record holder, are we missing the point?
His digestive system has to process this amount of sugar and chocolate and high fructose corn syrup. This is not something we should be dismissing as this is serious.
What makes someone force themselves to eat a huge volume of cookies – is it the fame and recognition or is there something else?
Does this guy care about his oral health and what would the dental professionals have to say about this? What would other medical professionals have to say here?
Our world has created records that can be beaten and they are but at what cost?
Is it worth it and have we stopped to ask if our body wants to eat a record number of cookies in such a short space of time?
What does our heart have to say if we could listen to the message?
What if eating in this way does affect our body in more ways than we may be aware of?
Metro News – 25 January 2021
Mercury from the teeth of thousands of extra people cremated during this pandemic could be poisoning us and our environment on some level. As the government fears this they have commissioned a 4 year study costing £564,000 to assess the dangers.
Mercury is known to be a highly toxic element and is used in dental amalgam to fill decaying teeth (often those with cavities) to help strengthen them and prevent removal.
Dr. Nammy Patel gives us a great insight about mercury and for those who are interested there is much more to learn – see link.
A digression from the news story but relevant as it is about mercury and so many of us have it in our mouths. Chewing gum releases a greater amount of mercury into our system. An increase in temperature, drinking tea or coffee will release mercury vapors in our mouth.
This study cannot be dismissed – low level releases of mercury from fillings present long-term risks of brain damage – https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nationworld/national/article53118775.html
Mercury has been used in fillings since the 19th century and has faced controversy from the start.
We all know it is the cheaper option for dentists and patients than using gold materials.
100 million Americans have amalgam fillings and we just need to stop at this point.
It confirms something about how we are living and yet we do not seem to address that.
In other words, we always see ways to fix things, call it solutions but we do not ask questions and get to the root cause of why anyone has tooth decay.
We have the masses walking around with mercury in their mouth but what if we started real education from a very young age so our kids know that they can look after their teeth and all aspects of oral health or they go on the ill road?
What if they were given the awareness about what sugar actually does to their teeth and get dentists to show them their real life findings of kids with some or all teeth being removed at very young ages? Surely this type of education would serve society as a whole as it just makes sense.
Add to that what Dr. Nammy Patel tells us about the impact on unborn babies and a wide range of problems from mercury in our fillings, such as tremors, insomnia, nerve damage, kidney problems and respiratory failure. Hello how serious is this and how many of us are actually aware of any of this?
Back to the commission by Whitehall in the UK to assess the dangers.
Note – we have to wait 4 years to find out and then what?
We know one thing for sure, scientists need to have more research. That is a no brainer. No matter what research study and its findings are published, the bottom line is they need to be in their jobs and more funding is needed dear citizens of this world and that means we need more studies. When and where will it stop and how are we going to do this?
In the case of fears about mercury, what if we start now as individuals in upping our oral hygiene and really learning the value and importance of this daily ritual, which does not have to me time consuming. We really cannot change the ill habits of the world right now but what if every single person does make a difference and if we do our bit we don’t know but it could just inspire another.
I had a conversation with a specialist anaesthetist, which is important to share as it made sense.
He said that general dentists do not always get the injection near the mouth area, precisely and exactly where it needs to go. This is because a patient is often tense and this makes the muscles move from their natural state around the jaw. That means the nerve ending, which is where the injection needs to go is missed.
Often the patient is super sensitive and cannot go ahead with the tooth extraction or other deep dental work required or they are left in extreme and intense pain and just go ahead and not speak up. It is no surprise then why so many of us hate going to the dentist and dread the thought of any dental work being carried out.
He said his work is specialised and he is called in to work together with dental surgeons on all dental and other face surgery in different areas around the country.
What struck me was the bit about the precision. It is not going to cut it if there is a hit and miss and the patient ends up in the delay or severe pain. Delay meaning, they have to postpone and go back for another attempt, or many more in the hope that the nerve will be numb enough to carry out the work, as the injection was given in the right place.
These private fee paying services are now in high demand and from observing my partner go through this, I realise how important it is. This guy knew with detail and precision what his job was and the highly skilled face and jaw surgeon knew what his role was and what was needed. They made a great team with of course all the assistants that do the periphery work.
What I realised is that we tend to dismiss dental surgery as minor compared to say a medical operation in hospital. It is not and it is major even if it is just a back tooth being extracted. Think about it, our teeth form a part of the skeleton and are there with the bones. So imagine having a bone removed. The surgeon has to go deep into the core to extract.
It pays to not only be on top of daily oral hygiene, but to get our teeth examined by a dentist and if there is anything that requires action, get it done, but at the same time ask questions and take a look at lifestyle choices with a dose of honesty first.
I for one have had no dental treatment in over 50 years. Very few would be able to say that and I know that over the last decade, as I grow older, it is even more important to keep doing what I do when it comes to oral health.
Sitting in the waiting room for the dental hygienist, I realised that the last dental work I had was in 1968. Most would never believe that or even imagine that could be possible.
There was a leaflet that promises a perfect smile – the solution to crooked, spaced or mis-aligned teeth and it takes just 6 months. Of course tiny small print tells us it could take longer but nevertheless it’s all about selling the ‘time’ factor and the ‘look’, as it’s clear braces you wear and not the metal jaw clipping look that we tend to see.
We have a photo of a bride who wanted a “quick solution” to fit into her lifestyle.
Then a young woman in her early 20’s and a perfect looking couple in the park smiling.
We all tend to blame and judge these money making suppliers but if we stop and note – we got them in that position. Those of us that make the demand and then they come to deliver the goods or services.
What this leaflet is telling us is what we the masses, the people are asking for. In other words, what the current demand is.
I completed a questionnaire and noticed a lot of questions about whether I wanted to whiten my teeth or have other cosmetic procedures.
Things have really changed from the old days where dental treatment was just for that – dental treatment that was needed, nothing more and nothing less.
We as a world now want something else. We want the celebrity fake look with whiter than white teeth and they have to be all straight, a certain size and perfect. Of course not all of us but what we can say is that these leaflets are there to let us know what is on offer. You may not have even thought about it until you see the people and its like we are drip fed these thoughts and before we know it we just signed up to have a perfect smile in 6 months.
What if we can have a great natural smile without the cost of any cosmetic alteration?
What if we do not need to have dental work that is un-necessary and costly to say the least because it has no purpose?
What if our world of images is making us go down the rabbit hole of wanting minor tweaks and adjustments to our body and that includes our teeth so that we are going to feel better, look better and others will suddenly like us more. Really ?
Could it be possible Dear World that we are never ever going to feel deeply settled inside our body whilst we are busy chasing some kind of look as a ‘solution’ because it always leads to wanting more of the same? Bit like a drug addiction, we need to have the next fix, buzz or stimulation just to keep going.
The Guardian – 8 August 2022
98% of dental practices in some areas of Britain have stopped accepting new adult patients.
DIY dentistry, including using superglue to stick homemade teeth to their gums, are increasing across Britain as more that 9 in 10 NHS dental practices are unable to offer appointments to new adult patients.
According to the British Dental Association – 91% of NHS practices across England were not accepting new adult patients, with this figure rising to 97% in the East Midlands.
90% across Northern Ireland
82% in Scotland
93% in Wales
16% of the practices said the waiting time was at least one year.
23% said they had an open waiting list.
University of Eastern Finland – 19 September 2022
Poor periodontal health is associated with the risk of dementia.
Researchers carried out a systematic review of 47 longitudinal studies and stated that poor periodontal health and tooth loss seem to increase the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
As the ageing population increases, the disease burden caused by memory disorders is expected to surge. With no widely available modifying drugs, prevention of cognitive decline and dementia by targeting modifiable factors, such as lifestyle choices is paramount.
A key observation of the study is that poor periodontal health can be addressed through simple steps such as self-care measures and regular use of basic oral health services, which may lower the risk of cognitive decline and dementia to some extent.
What if it is a great sign when we are not taking basic simple self-caring steps in our every day life that leads to a ‘removal’ away from the body? In other words, we start to withdraw and dis-connect and this means we pay little or no attention to the foundational support for our body like oral hygiene.
What if this one ‘missed’ self care leads to more and we continue on the road of dis-regard and neglect for our body?
What if these un-caring ways remove us away from others socially or we just withdraw and stop being active or having real purpose in life?
What if these very basic every day tasks need to continue as part of our routine and that consistency alone because we value it will not bring about a cognitive decline?
What if we start to observe and study those that show no signs of any cognitive decline and see what they get up to during the day and how they approach their evening and bed time? All this and more will give us great insight into why some of us are heading for dementia and others will not be.
Oral Health Foundation – 1 November 2022
New cases of mouth cancer in the UK have risen to a record high, according to the findings of a new report.
Figures collected by the Oral Health Foundation show that 8,864 people in the UK were diagnosed with the disease last year.
This has increased by 34% compared to 10 years ago and more than doubled (103%) within the last generation.
While most cancers are on the decrease, cases of mouth cancer continue to rise at an alarming rate. Traditional causes like smoking and drinking alcohol to excess are quickly being caught by emerging risk factors like the human papillomavirus (HPV). The stigma around mouth cancer has changed dramatically. It is now a cancer that really can affect anybody.
Mouth cancer can change how somebody speaks, it makes eating and drinking more difficult and often changes a person’s physical appearance.
A growing number of young people are being diagnosed with mouth cancer.
Mouth cancer can appear as a mouth ulcer which does not heal, red or white patches in the mouth, or unusual lumps or swelling in the mouth, head or neck. 33% of mouth cancer is found on the tongue and 23% are discovered on the tonsil.
3,034 people in the UK lost their life to mouth cancer last year, a rise of 20% in the last five years.