Did you ever stop and think about that being healthy has so much to do with your teeth and gums. Our mouths are connected to our bodies. We take this for granted, and so many diseases can occur by not taking care of our mouths. Only if we have pain in the gums or the teeth then we go for help! That is another story, dental pain is quite awful.

Without teeth we are not able to eat, chew and at times not even talk properly. So let us take consciousness and become aware by beginning the new year learning how to take care of our teeth and gums to prevent diseases. The first step is to seek information on gum-disease. What is it? How to prevent it and if you have it how to stop and control it. The term periodontal disease means illness of the tissues around the teeth a.k.a. the gums. The structures around the roots of the teeth that consists of gums, bone and fibers that hold the teeth in place.

In simple terms: Think of your teeth rooted in bone the way a plant is rooted in soil, when sickness appears the soil of the plant is eroding and the plant will get loose. If the plant without soil will dry up and die the teeth without support will loosen and fall out of the mouth.

Next question: How to prevent this from happening? Do my gums bleed? If so that is because the gums are inflamed. This is the first stage of gingivitis inflammation of the gums. Dental plaque is formed by microorganisms living in the mouth, food debris and saliva. Microorganisms live and procreate in the plaque, a sticky film that accumulates on our teeth. Dental plaque needs to be removed several times daily with proper, effective home care techniques. If not done properly plaque accumulates and turns to a solidified substance called tartar. This must be removed by a skilled dental health professional. Almost all the care of healthy, beautiful smiles entails not only patient education but also motivation on the part of the patient to persevere routine dental home care. Microorganisms will always be present in/on the body and in the mouth, but we can learn to nurture our mouths to a healthy state.

This brings me to a holistic the natural first hygiene visit. We begin by taking that extra time to educate motivate and control the patient in learning new methods, establishing new correct habits. Working with essential oils and herbal rinses results in helping our gums and teeth with a gentle approach. The patient enjoys to get their teeth cleaned, in the long run the patient sees and feels the difference. The combination of manual instrumentation, with the instruments dipped in essential oils makes it a pleasant, nurturing experience. For example: I dip rosemary oil on my instrument for people with receding gums to help regenerate their gums.

Most important: The dental health professional is transmitting a positive attitude to establish good oral hygiene habits. As women we have during our lifecycle so many changes in our hormonal levels due to menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. These hormonal level changes have a definite negative influence on our gums. For example: Pregnancy gingivitis between the first and second trimester the gums swell up and bleed, untreated the baby can in some cases be born premature or /and with a lower weight. So once again I stress the importance of periodical dental hygiene visits for overall health. Remember it depends on you to take control of your life for good health.