Good oral hygiene is important. We learned that when we were kids. But as you prepare for a stressful situation, taking care of your teeth and gums becomes even more important, since a mouth in distress can lead to a myriad of health woes. And if you are in an emergency or crisis situation, you need to be in tip-top form health wise. So what can happen to your overall health if you have dental problems? Studies show that poor oral hygiene can cause heart problems, diabetes, and respiratory infection. Need convincing?
Not brushing teeth at least twice a day leads to gums inflammation which can be spread throughout the body. Inflammation in the body narrows blood vessels, resulting in the decrease of blood flow to the heart, eventually leading to heart attack. Yuk.
Another effect of poor oral hygiene on overall health is diabetes. Gum disease, which is a result of poor oral hygiene, leads to diabetes. This happens when bacteria enters the bloodstream and triggers a reaction from the immune system that ultimately damages the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, resulting in diabetes.
Poor oral hygiene also increases the risk of getting a respiratory infection. This happens when bacteria in the mouth that is generated from dental plaque is carried down to the lungs. The resulting infection can cause pneumonia.Oh yeah, one more thing. There is also the social aspect of poor dental care: bad breath. For sure that is something we wish to avoid. So, the moral of the story is to brush, floss and see a dentist once or twice a year for a good cleaning. Enough said. But what happens if there is no dentist? I thought you would never ask since that is the real topic of today’s Getting Prepared post. There is a very useful book titled Where There Is No Dentist that is published by the Hesperian Foundation. It includes lots of drawings and is useful in teaching laymen like us how to recognize, treat, and prevent common dental and oral hygiene problems. Here’s a sample of some of the information that is included:
- How to properly examine and diagnose dental issues
- How to treat cavities, abscesses, infected sinuses, and more
- How to prepare and insert homemade fillings
- How to inject inside the mouth
- How to safely and correctly remove a tooth
- How to make useable dental instruments from common items
- and more, lots more
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- Where There is No Dentist – Read Online