The Surprising Connection Between Your Oral Health and Your Overall Well-being

By nano-b

😯Your oral health is the reflection of your overall well-being. Find out why! The Oral Surgery DC Team

One legend tells the story of young Krishna, a Hindu God, eating fallen apples although he was told not to. He got some mud in his mouth while he was doing it. His mother wanted to see for herself that he didn’t obey her and made him open his mouth. Inside she could see the whole universe of moving and unmoving creation, the earth and its mountains and oceans, the moon and the stars, and all the planets and regions. She forgave him for eating fallen apples and then she instantly forgot about what she just saw.

While we love the deep meanings of the legend, we noticed it applies to our daily lives in a slightly different, but very important way. The more we learn about our bodies, the more we understand the deep connection between the health of our mouth and our overall wellbeing. Unfortunately, while most people wouldn’t neglect their overall health, they somehow let their oral health slide way down in their priority list, without realizing these actions could actually cause many serious health problems. Just like Krishna’s mother, we forget what we have to take care of, the moment we close our mouths. 

Everything is connected

It’s a pity most of us take care of our oral health just so we can have fresh breath and avoid going to the dentist. But it’s important to realize what’s going on inside our bodies and how the well-being of our teeth and gums can affect the health of our whole body.

Things that people don’t consider threatening like cavities and gum problems, for example, could be related to the heart condition, microbiome or even the brain health. Teeth are organs that we tend to take for granted but they have crucial importance to the proper functioning of the whole body.

Where is the mouth-body connection?

So what exactly is the mouth-body connection? Well, our body is an ecosystem and our mouth is the main entrance to it. There are all kinds of filters and protective mechanisms inside our mouth to keep harmful things from entering our body.

Each tooth is surrounded by a tight girdle of fibers pulling the gums tightly around the neck of the tooth and not allowing unwanted trespassing elements to make their way into our system and attacking our immune system. When we take good care of our mouth, we help this fiber seal be tight, so it can do its job and keep us safe. If we neglect our oral health, the seal is weakened and we are practically opening the door for all kinds of things to enter our bloodstream and that could be a serious problem. If it comes to that, the following issues become very likely:


  • Infection: Once in the bloodstream, bacteria that enters from the mouth can travel anywhere else in the body.
  • Injury: Bacteria in the blood is likely to turn into proteins or exotoxins that can injure tissue even permanently.
  • Inflammation: When harmful bacteria gets into the bloodstream the body reacts the intrusion with a powerful immune response, the body temperature rises and an inflammatory reaction is produced. With the presence of gum disease, these bacteria are constantly getting into the blood and can even cause chronic inflammation.

Diseases we can develop as a result of oral infections

With the constant advancements in science and the new methods of identifying the causes of various diseases, scientists keep discovering more and more links between our oral and overall health. Recent studies have found bacteria that entered the body through the mouth to be responsible for the following diseases:

  • IBS
    Oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and attack the friendly bacteria in your gut. And that’s when your digestive issues begin to worsen.
  • Breast cancer
    Women may be 11 times more likely to develop breast cancer due to lack of good oral care.
  • Prostate cancer
    Research has shown that men with indicators of periodontal disease and prostatitis have higher levels of PSA than men with only one of these conditions.
  • Diabetes
    Serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.
  • Weight gain
    Oral health, diabetes, and obesity are intertwined and inflammation is at the core of  this complex interaction
  • Alzheimer’s and dementia
    Research shows gum disease bacteria lipopolysaccharides (the surface of the bacterium) in samples from people suffering from dementia and none of the people who do not have the condition.
  • Cardiovascular disease including stroke, heart attack, infective endocarditis, and thickening of the arteries
    When bacteria reach the heart, they can attach themselves to any damaged area and cause inflammation.
  • Low birthweight and premature birth
    Periodontal health also plays a key role in a healthy pregnancy. Research suggests that pregnant women with gum disease are at higher risk for pre-term and low birth weight deliveries.
  • Bacterial pneumonia
    Bacterial infections in the chest are believed to be caused by breathing droplets from the mouth and throat into the lungs.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
    Those who had moderate to severe periodontitis had more than twice the risk of RA compared to those with mild or no periodontitis

Tips on keeping your mouth healthy

Hopefully, by now you are convinced to take better care of your oral health? It’s important to remember that your mouth is literally the door to your body and you should help it protect your body from unwanted trespassers. Oral care is not just about having a fresh breath and delaying the visits to the dentist. So here are a few tips on how to improve your mouth’s ability to keep you healthy.

  • Brush after meals (or at least twice a day) and floss at least 2-3 times a week.
  • Eat foods that promote tooth remineralization, which is the natural process your teeth fight cavities. (Raw and grass-fed cheese and butter, Eggs, Natto, Grass-fed meats and poultry, dark, leafy greens like swiss chard and spinach, wild-caught fish, apples, celery, avocado, green and white tea).
  • Seeing your dentist regularly is one of the most efficient forms of prevention. It’s like arresting the criminals before they committed the crime.
  • There are some superfoods that are helpful. *
  • If you are planning to get pregnant or already are, let your dentist know. Good dental health is going to be crucial in the healthy development of your baby.
  • Make sure you can clean all teeth in your mouth the right way.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed. (or up to 6 months if you are brushing with Nano-b)
  • And, of course, avoid tobacco and alcohol use

What we are trying to say in simple words is:
Love your smile and your body and take care of them!






How to Properly Brush your Teeth

By nano-b

Simply brushing your teeth is not enough. Include these PROPER techniques in your habit. The Oral Surgery DC

It seems incredible how universal the habit of teeth brushing is all over the world. It might very well be the most widely practiced health habit people do on a daily basis. This fact left us to wonder why are we brushing our teeth?

Is it because we were told to do so when we were kids and the habit got integrated very firmly in our daily routine? Is it because we are dreading the dentist so much and think brushing is the best way to prevent meeting him? Whatever the reason is, it is great that billions of people brush their teeth every day, as the health of our gums and teeth is very closely connected to the wellbeing of the whole body.

The fact that we brush our teeth every day is great and really important, but it’s even more important that we do it properly. Brushing your teeth the proper way can make a huge difference and can improve your oral health significantly. So, let’s dive into the basics.

Choosing The Right Toothbrush

Not all toothbrushes are created equal. It’s soothing to think of all toothbrushes as our allies that help us be healthier. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of cheap products with inferior quality on the market and many people underestimate the importance of using a safe, high-quality toothbrush. Both manual and powered toothbrushes are linked to damaging our teeth and gums and it is of crucial importance to use safe dental products.

Having the wrong brush can damage our teeth and gums and cause sensitivity and sometimes even more serious problems. That’s why we have to be smart when choosing a toothbrush and know what we need from one. A safe toothbrush should have:

  • Rounded bristles –  so it protects your enamel and the soft tissue of your gums from scratches.
  • Small head size – you should be able to reach and clean effectively all of your teeth.
  • Bristles should not be frayed – frayed bristles cannot remove plaque effectively and are a clear sign that you should replace your toothbrush.
  • Comfortable in our hand and mouths – you shouldn’t feel any discomfort while you brush
  • Antibacterial – Bacteria from your toothbrush can enter your bloodstream, so make sure your toothbrush is clean and safe.

The other most widely used product in our daily oral hygiene routine is the toothpaste. Up until recently, people rarely paid attention to what toothpaste they were using. Fresh taste, recognizable brand and a decent price were all the factors users have considered. However, as customers become more and more educated other important factors start to weight more in the buying decision. This has sparked a new debate about what type of toothpaste should we use. Should it be organic or not? Should it contain fluoride? Should it be tested on animals Should it be with all natural ingredients?

There are as many opinions as there are toothpaste brands on the market, but we strongly believe that the products we use in our daily life should reflect our values and understanding of what the world should be like. Hence, we strongly recommend toothpaste products that are all natural and preferably with organic ingredients. Products that don’t contain any artificial and potentially harmful chemicals, allergens, etc. And of course, products that have not been tested on animals.

At Nano-b, we truly believe that the products we use reflect who we are. Choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste might seem like a trivial decision, but for us, it’s a reflection of our values and our desire to live a healthier life while remaining close to nature.

Time and consistency is KEY

We should brush at least 2 times per day for at least 2 minutes. Every day!

For every health habit, you want to build and maintain consistency is key. Dental problems can indeed be avoided with proper and consistent oral care routine. It is very important to brush your teeth every day for at least two minutes and never skip a brushing. you don’t want to leave plaque and bacteria in your mouth for a long time as tooth erosion and inflammation processes can start quickly.

Timing is really important as well. If it feels like you are rushing and not brushing for long enough, setting a timer might be a good idea. Or you can just play your favorite song and brush while it plays!

If you brush twice a day for two minutes the time spent brushing sums up to just about 24 hours per year that we invest in our health. Just one day per year and we can be healthier, happier and avoid the dreaded dental procedures.

Of course, a proper toothpaste and toothbrush are crucial and consistency will always be a very important component, but it’s equally important that you use the right brushing technique, otherwise all our efforts might be in vain. You would guess that all that brushing has turned us into experts, but unfortunately, most people don’t brush properly, which not only will diminish the health benefits of brushing but might even pose some dangers to your teeth and gums.

The Right Technique

You’ve probably heard the advice “Place your toothbrush at a 45 degrees angle”. It sounds very scientific and credible, but what it really means is that you have to aim for where the gums and teeth meet and food particles stack up. The angle also allows for a more gentle approach, that is not only more effective for cleaning but it also doesn’t damage your teeth and gums.

Use gentle, circular, massaging motion. IT’s VERY IMPORTANT that you don’t apply a lot of pressure to your teeth. In reality, the more gentle you brush, the better the results. Don’t squeeze your toothbrush, hold it very gently and apply a very slight pressure to your teeth and gums. Let the toothbrush bristles do their job, you don’t need to press too hard at all.

If you are to remember only one thing from this post, it should be to use circular, massaging motions. Gentle, circular motions will allow toothbrush bristles to get between your teeth and under the gumline and clean as much plaque as possible. Fast and hard movements will do the opposite and the bristles won’t be able to clean where the most plaque is formed.

Make sure you don’t miss any spots and clean all sections of your mouth (top, bottom, left, and right). All of your teeth are equally important and deserve the same attention. Dedicate the same time to each section of your mouth to make sure no teeth are neglected. Make sure the head of your toothbrush is small and nimble enough, so it can easily reach and clean the hard-to-reach places in your mouth (like your back teeth).

Hold your brush vertically to clean the back side of your front teeth with up and down strokes. This is a part of the mouth that is often neglected and not cleaned properly. You should pay special attention to your bottom front teeth as this is the place where many problems might develop if not cleaned properly and consistently.

Start from a different place every time, so you don’t develop a habit of missing or spending less time on the same spots.

Try brushing with your other hand from time to time.This is a really cool life hack that will not only keep you more focused during brushing but will also make you smarter! Many studies suggest that using your non-dominant hand for trivial tasks from time to time improves your brain functions. It turns out brushing your teeth will not only keep you healthy but make you smarter as well!

It’s also a good idea to even try brushing with your eyes closed, so you can concentrate more on proper technique. It will help you focus more and avoid getting bored from brushing the same way every day.

Brush your tongue. It’s where most of the bacteria in your mouth are harbored. It’s best to do it with a tongue scraper, designed for that. A toothbrush will never be effective enough – it has another purpose.


What NOT to do

Don’t scrub/press too hard. Teeth aren’t something you should scrub. Plaque is soft and loose. WebMD advises us to replace the word “scrub” with “massage” when we think about the proper brushing technique. This will help us have a better mental image of the proper way to brush.

Don’t rush or spending too much time brushing. As mentioned above, both of those mistakes can lead to some teeth and gum problems. If you are rushing and using too fast movements, you are not allowing the bristles to properly get between your teeth and remove plaque effectively. On the contrary, if you are spending too much time and brushing too vigorously on the same spot, you might be wearing your enamel or irritating your gums.

Going back and forth, side to side is a nightmare for your teeth. You are jeopardizing your enamel and gums, while not removing plaque efficiently. Remember the proper way is to use gentle, circular motions.

Don’t forget your gums. Your gum line is where the biggest dangers to your oral health lie. You should pay close attention and brush gently where your teeth and gums meet. Neglecting this area might lead to unpleasant gum diseases.


Brushing in the morning

It’s strongly recommended that you brush your teeth first thing in the morning. But why should we even brush in the morning, if we did it just before going to bed and didn’t consume any foods or drinks (except water) overnight?

It’s a good idea to clean out the existing bacteria in your mouth that have been developing overnight. Otherwise, you will be ingesting all that bacteria together with your breakfast. Your mouth is drier in the morning because saliva levels are lower while you sleep, hence, it’s easier for bacteria to develop in such environment.

Brushing before breakfast increases your saliva levels and thus, protects your teeth from any acidic or potentially erosive foods that you are about to consume. In addition, you’d want to avoid brushing right after breakfast (wait at least 15-20 minutes), because if you consume any acidic foods or drinks (coffee and orange juice count as well), your teeth are susceptible to a greater acidic damage and erosion and sensitive teeth.

Since you don’t want to brush your teeth immediately after breakfast, it’s a good idea to remove any sugars by rinsing your mouth with water several times.

Brushing in the evening

Ideally, it’s best to brush your teeth after every meal. However, we realize this is not always possible, so if you are brushing your teeth twice a day, the best time (in addition to the morning brushing), is in the evening after your last meal. It’s recommended to brush at least 20 minutes after a meal, because of the same acids, mentioned above.

Going to bed without brushing your teeth can be extremely dangerous for your teeth, as all the bacteria in your mouth can feed on all of the food you’ve had throughout the day and produce acids that break down tooth enamel and cause cavities. In addition, the lower saliva level during the night is very beneficial for the bacteria as saliva is the best natural defense against the acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth.


A few extra things that are good to know about brushing

  • Toothbrushes should be replaced after their bristles start to fray. They are not as effective in removing plaque and can even cause minor damages to your teeth and gums. Normally, most toothbrushes start to fray after 2-3 months, depending on your brushing style. Nano-b toothbrushes last up to 6 months and don’t fray nearly as much.
  • After you go through the flu, you should replace your toothbrush. The bacteria stays on the toothbrush and you risk to catch the same virus again. Of course, you don’t have to replace your brush if you are using Nano-b, as we’ve made our brushes antibacterial to protect your health from threats like this.


You spend a day of each year brushing your teeth and it really makes a difference if you do it properly. It’s the most widely practiced health habit around the world and for a good reason, as it is a really vital component of our overall health and wellbeing. Hopefully, you now know all the basics and will pay more attention each time you brush.

Stay healthy and happy brushing!

The Nano-b Team

Your teens may think that they don’t need you anymore, but they’ll always need their teeth!

By Campaign for Dental Health

 👦👧Your teens may think that they don’t need you anymore, but they’ll always need their teeth!

They will thank you for setting the foundation for good oral health by modeling the best practices and having them see a dentist regularly. Read more here: and if you need help finding a dentist for your teen visit: The Oral Surgery DC Team

Do you remember chasing your toddler around trying to brush his teeth before bed? You may not have to do that anymore, but oral health is as important for adolescents as it was when they were little, maybe even more so. During adolescence, we want to be sure that children continue effective oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing, seeing a dentist, eating a healthy diet that is low in sugar, and drinking water with fluoride.

Adolescents also have other things to consider when it comes to their oral health such as using tobacco or marijuana productsdealing with braces, using mouth guards while playing sports, and all of the changes that are happening with their bodies. They will continue to need your guidance in making decisions that affect their overall health and oral health, but it is also time for them to take the wheel to make sure they have teeth for life. Good oral health is important for getting a job and a girlfriend/boyfriend – you can decide which message works better for your teen!

They will thank you for setting the foundation for good oral health by modeling best practices, having your child see a dentist regularly, and making sure he had all of the needed preventive treatments, such as sealants, fluoride applications, orthodontics, and fillings, when needed. If you need help finding a dentist for your teen visit

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Sedation Dentistry: Anesthesia Administered by a Medical Doctor

By: iCare Oral Surgery


🙂 Sedation dentistry is a relaxing dental procedure you should not be afraid of. Don’t hesitate to discuss your fear with your dentist so he can give you options for a better dental experience. The Oral Surgery DC Team

When your oral health care involves oral surgery, the thought of sitting in a dentist’s chair and having major work done can be daunting. There is a way to conquer the nerves. Sedation dentistry not only makes it possible for oral surgeries to be completed efficiently, the sedation is intended to ease a patient’s mind, allowing you to “sleep” through your dental repairs and wake up with a brand new smile. Sedation dentistry is a deep state of relaxation. You will wonder why you ever had any anxiety about the dentist when under anesthesia.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation DentistryIt is understandable to be leery of anesthesia in any form, but knowing that you are heading into an oral surgery without having to be fully awake for it can be a relief for many patients. Deep and moderate sedation is available for patients of all ages. Oral sedation, IV sedation, and laughing gas are common types of sedation dentistry. You and your oral surgeon will discuss the options together to determine what is best for your individual situation, needs, and overall health.

Some sedation will put the patient into a conscious but euphoric state that allows for relaxation and comfort. You will still be able to hear your oral surgeon and respond to any comments he may have, but you will be calm. Other types of oral sedation create a drowsy condition – some patients will fall asleep, others will be awake but groggy.

What Procedures Call for Sedation Dentistry?

Nearly any dental procedure, from dental cleanings to getting a cavity filled, can warrant the use of sedation dentistry, especially for the incredibly anxious patient. In general, sedation dentistry is used to make oral surgeries more tolerable in all ways. Because some oral health procedures require more than one dental appointment, sedation dentistry can make the process far more tolerable.

Here are just some of the instances when sedation dentistry is called upon:

  • Dental implants: Perhaps you have missing or loose teeth due to an accident or periodontal disease. You may have ill-fitting dentures and are ready to trade them in. In some situations, patients are receiving All-On-4 dental implants for their entire jaw. Whatever the reason for getting dental implants, these surgeries can be accelerated for you and simplified for your oral surgeon with the use of sedation dentistry.
  • Sleep apnea treatment: Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition that blocks airways, contributes to lack of oxygen to the brain and prevents the sufferer from getting a good night’s sleep. Soft tissue can be reduced by being surgically removed from the back of the throat and soft palate to help prevent sleep apnea from occurring.
  • Bone grafting: If you are not prepared to get dental implants and are still living with dentures, it may be necessary to undergo bone grafting to help improve the fit of the dentures. This procedure is done under sedation.
  • Wisdom teeth extraction: Depending on the position of your wisdom teeth, this procedure can be more than just pulling teeth out of the gums. Third molars may be impacted, under the gum line, or partially showing. Sedation dentistry makes the removal of wisdom teeth an easy-to-navigate rite of passage.
  • Corrective jaw surgery: A misaligned jaw may require the repositioning of the bones of the upper and lower jaw, whether to increase the size of the airway to relieve sleep apnea sufferers, or to get a mouth ready for orthodontic treatment. Without question, this orthographic surgery requires sedation.
  • Emergency dentistry: In situations where a patient is so distraught after an accident, fall, or injury, sedation dentistry is able to relax them while repairs are being made to their teeth or mouth to reduce interruptions or delays in treatment.

Are You a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Before you undergo any type of oral surgery or sedation dentistry, your surgeon will review your full medical history. It is important to confirm that you have good overall health so that your dentist knows your body is able to handle any type of sedation.

This is also the best time to discuss any anxiety or fears you do have about the procedure you’ll be undergoing. When you are aware of the exact steps that will be used to administer the sedation and complete your oral surgery – from the tools used to the sounds the tools will make – that can ease your mind. However, there are also plenty of patients who would rather not know anything that is happening, in which case sedation dentistry is really a wonderful option to “remove” you from the situation for a little while.

When you are scheduled to undergo multiple restorative dentistry treatments at one time, including oral surgery, sedation dentistry is a given. This choice allows your dentist to work as efficiently as possible and prevents patients from focusing on time spent in the dentist’s chair.