The ultimate guide to oral care

Fit­ness ex­pert Kunal Sharma ex­plains the im­por­tance of cul­ti­vat­ing oral health for sound gut health.

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It might sound

un­be­liev­able but oral health is the most im­por­tant part of our body health. When we eat, we usu­ally do not care about how much time we are sup­posed to spend chew­ing our morsels. We gen­er­ally al­ways eat in a rush and barely chew our food. This does not give enough time for the bac­te­ria to break down the food in our mouth. The whole process of di­ges­tion gets dis­rupted at the start it­self.

DE­TE­RI­O­RAT­ING CON­DI­TIONS

Our chil­dren’s oral health is get­ting worse by the day and there are a num­ber of rea­sons for this. The first rea­son is that we do not feed them nu­tri­ent dense food. Se­condly, we do not in­cul­cate in them the habit of brush­ing and floss­ing right from child­hood. I am a wit­ness to the health and weight loss pat­terns of thou­sands of my clients. I have found that 90% of peo­ple do not floss and that’s where the whole process of de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the teeth and gums starts. Our den­tal health does not give us de­cay signs eas­ily and is a cul­mi­na­tion of years of de­te­ri­o­ra­tion, which causes bleed­ing gums or tooth de­cay or cav­i­ties. Right now in our so­ci­ety, 99% peo­ple have an oral hy­giene prob­lem. How­ever, our hy­giene habits are largely limited to how we look and what kind of soap and per­fume we use on a daily ba­sis!

Be hon­est with your­self and your chil­dren. Take the first step to­wards health by in­cul­cat­ing dis­ci­pline in your­self and your child about oral hy­giene.

IM­PROPER DEVEL­OP­MENT

Our crooked teeth are not a prod­uct of our genes but, in fact, de­pend on what we are feed­ing our jaws and how we func­tion.

Func­tion­ally, nasal breath­ing is very im­por­tant. How­ever, peo­ple with crooked teeth usu­ally have high palates. Ideally, our palate should be shal­low, broad and U-shaped. When the palate is high, it is situated where our nasal si­nuses are sup­posed to be. As a re­sult, we can­not breathe from our nose the way we are sup­posed to... and the whole cra­nial sys­tem does not de­velop prop­erly.

This im­pacts our tongue func­tion as well. The tongue is con­nected to six to eight cra­nial nerves. To­day, kids do not use their tongue prop­erly. When the tongue is low, they breathe through their mouth and do not use the nose, re­sult­ing in elon­gated fa­cial pro­files as well as crooked teeth. If you watch your chil­dren’s food, how they eat and how they breathe while watch­ing TV or sleep­ing, you will learn about many hidden is­sues. No chronic dis­ease oc­curs overnight. What’s more, we can ex­pand the palate in adult­hood as well.

Tooth de­cay oc­curs due to no real de­fi­ciency, while gum dis­ease oc­curs over years and years. It is hence manda­tory and im­por­tant to take care of your oral health just the way you take care of your body and ap­pear­ance.

VI­TAL VI­TA­MINS

Vi­ta­min K is one of the most im­por­tant fat sol­u­ble

Avoid co­las and al­co­hol (they de­plete the cal­cium level, caus­ing tooth de­cay and gum dis­ease).

vi­ta­mins. Vi­ta­min K1 is re­quired for blood clot­ting. Be­sides K1, which we can get from green leafy veg­eta­bles, we also have K2 which we can get from dairy prod­ucts.

One of the best sources of vi­ta­min K2 is Natto, a Ja­panese dish of fer­mented soy­abean. Ac­cord­ing to re­search, this dish con­tains the max­i­mum source of vi­ta­min K2. This vi­ta­min is im­por­tant be­cause it is the only cal­cium tracker in the blood. It iso­lates the cal­cium in the blood and di­rects it in­side the bones. In short, it re­moves ex­cess cal­cium from our ar­ter­ies, thus pre­vent­ing cal­ci­fi­ca­tion. By not al­low­ing cal­cium to de­posit on the bones, it pre­vents the for­ma­tion of bone spurs; and pre­vents tar­tar de­posits from form­ing on the teeth. The vi­ta­mins of the mother pass through into the child dur­ing preg­nancy. But if the mother is de­fi­cient in es­sen­tial fat sol­u­ble vi­ta­mins, then the prob­lem will trans­fer to the child as well. These days, al­most ev­ery mother is de­fi­cient in vi­ta­mins, es­pe­cially vi­ta­min K2 and D3. Dur­ing preg­nancy, the gut bac­te­ria from the mother is trans­ferred to the child through breast milk. This is the time when a child makes his or her own gut and mouth bac­te­ria through the mother. Our chil­dren’s health starts from mouth health and not from our gut. In­take of sug­ary foods in par­tic­u­lar re­sults in den­tal cav­i­ties, gum in­flam­ma­tion, mouth ulcers and other con­di­tions. If our oral health is not good, then there is no way our gut health can be al­right.

Hence, it is time to wake up and take a look in­side your mouth. Be hon­est with your­self and your chil­dren. Take the first step to­wards health by in­cul­cat­ing dis­ci­pline in your­self and your child about oral hy­giene.

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