Many serious infections originate in the mouth. Oral infection is nasty business. Gum inflammation is bad news as well, eroding the gum line and exposing those precious roots that hold your teeth firmly in place. Persons on anti-neoplastic chemotherapy or immune-suppressant drugs are particularly vulnerable.

Mouth Care

Your first line of nutritional health is in the chewing and ingesting food. Dental caries (cavities), peridontal disease, and possible tooth loss are increasingly possible as we age. The older we get, the less we can take the maintenance of our body as an automatic venture. A good nutritional diet is primary to assuring a healthy mouth and digestive system in general.

Good bacteria gone amuck

Did you know that you have “resident bacteria” in your mouth? Well, you do. It is also called a microenvironment in which pathological bacteria, or even the normal flora (bacteria, etc.), can become pathological (go amuck and mess your body up real effectively). Kathleen MacMillan ( “New Goals for Oral Hygiene”, The Canadian Nurse, March 1981, 40-43) indicated that fungal infections, most likely Candida, can go out of control and even cause death. MacMillan continues with grueling detail about plaque:

Plaque is the aggregation of bacteria-containing debris on the surface of the teeth; the older and thicker the plaque is, the more likely it is to harbor anerobic organisms which are the majorcause of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontal disease. also known as pyorrhea, peridontal infection is the infection of the supporting structures of the teeth: the gums, ligaments and alveolar bone.  Purulent material drains freely into the mouth thereby causing little discomfort, but is a locus of chronic active infection. Dental caries are caused by the action of bacteria from the surface of the tongue in plaque and on carbohydrates on the tooth surface. Scrupulous oral hygiene can prevent  these conditions from developing. p.41.

The result of this disgusting sounding condition is that other strains of bacteria begin to grow out of healthy proportions to spread systematically.

Take care of that smile!

Wash your hands before and after giving yourself oral care. Flossing, brushing and even irrigation are touted as the superior management program. If you can, do it after every meal and before bedtime. One trick I learned from the daughter of a dentist was to use a cotton swab dipped in hydrogen peroxide and scrub my gums and tongue with it whenever I had contracted a cold. The key is to rinse out the mouth since the peroxide is hard on the skin. The next remedy is to follow up with brushing your teeth, flossing and scrubbing the gums with a cotton swab with a daub of Ganoderma Lucidum toothpaste found at . The cotton swab with Gano toothpaste can reach and swab areas not cleaned easily with a brush or when brushing is impossible. The Gano toothpaste is so good for the body, I leave it in my mouth instead of spitting it out, to do its nourishing work. It is so effective for skin restoration, I have put some on a bandage before applying it over a wound and the injury response more efficiently than the usual antibiotic creams and ointments on the market.

As MacMillan stated, “It is always cheaper to prevent a complication than it is to treat one.” (Canadian Nurse, March 1981, 42)

To your health,

Janet A Wiebe