The ultimate guide to oral care
Fitness expert Kunal Sharma explains the importance of cultivating oral health for sound gut health.
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.
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.
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.
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.