What is Oral Systemic Fitness (OSF)?
OralSystemic Fitness, or OSF, goes far beyond mere brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
It is oral and systemic health supercharged through a lifestyle of systemized concepts including exercise physiology, sports, gaming and psychology.
It is customizable and has many options, but it's not complicated. in fact, it's easier than standard home oral hygiene. Once you understand it, you can develop your own types of OSF programs and regimens that suit your habits and lifestyle better than standard home oral hygiene.
The mouth is connected to the body through the gut AND to the blood and lymphatic systems through infected gums, oral wounds, and irritations. Bad oral bacteria and their dangerous metabolic byproducts can enter your bloodstream and lymph and circulate throughout your body, causing and/or exacerbating systemic diseases.
You cannot be totally healthy if your mouth is not healthy. Gum disease is linked to diabetes in a bidirectional relationship. Gum disease germs have been found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Tooth decay germs have been found on damaged heart valves. Various oral microbes contribute to cardiovascular disease, prosthetic joints failures, and even cancers of the mouth, esophagus, pancreas, and colon!Why do you need OSF?
- Standard home oral hygiene is oversimplified. It is nearly useless at best and dangerous at worst.
- Dental problems are still the 1st or 2nd most common human affliction because standard home oral hygiene is ineffective in today's society.
- Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children.
- 25% of Americans >= age 6 have untreated tooth decay.
- 42.7% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease.
- 70.1% of adults 65 years and older have periodontal disease.
- If standard home oral hygiene were any good, most common dental problems would hardly exist because 80% of most common dental problems are EASY to avoid – WHEN you know how!
- I think the image below perfectly depicts the problems of standard home oral hygiene. If these tooth and gum injuries were sports injuries, this person would be an invalid. This mouth is the dental equivalent of an untrained bodybuilder with pulled muscles, torn ligaments and tendons, broken bones, heart disease, and is even dirty despite taking a shower (see the plaque and tartar remaining despite the failed efforts to remove it).
As you can see by the image above, standard home oral hygiene two minutes twice a day had no appreciable effect on oral pathogens that can and will attack you and your teeth and gums 24/7/365 for life!
Even worse, oral hygiene actually caused much of the above problems!
Standard home oral hygiene can even be as useless or dangerous as improper exercising and sports injuries. Much of the dental work I do involves repairing damage to teeth and gums from excessive and/or improper oral hygiene.
How does OSF work?
Instead of wasting your time doing ineffective home oral hygiene, take a few minutes to determine what you really want from your oral health.
- Set your dental goals:
- Do you want to look & feel good, improve toot color, reduce sensitivity, fight cavities, fight gum disease, freshen breath, alleviate dry mouth symptoms, etc.?
- Then set SMART goals that are:
- Identify targets: gums, teeth, plaque, tartar, tongue, sinuses, tonsils, throat, microbes, breath…
- Determine actions: whiten, desensitize, strengthen, remineralize, freshen…
- Select OSF programs:
- Teeth First
- Dry Mouth
- Marginal Gains
- Young Mother
- Implement OSF regimens:
- Between Meals
- When do you do OSF?
- Within 2 minutes of starting and/or finishing any meal, snack, or beverage (Stephan Curve)
- Anytime before, after, or between meals/snacks/beverages
- Before bedtime
- While sleeping
- Upon awakening
- While exercising
- As often as possible
- 24x7x365xLife (because the microbes never quit)
Who is OSF for?
OSF can be for nearly everyone who can do home oral hygiene.
In fact, OSF is so good it can even be for unborn babies! How? By the pregnant mother implementing the OSF "Pregnancy" program within at least the last six months of pregnancy.
Because we acquire our oral and systemic microbiome from our mothers at birth, it's important for new moms-to-be to take extra care of their oral health while pregnant. Studies show that regular xylitol use for the last six months of pregnancy can dramatically reduce the transmission of the mother's tooth decay germs to the baby. And it even works better if the mother continues using xylitol for the next two years of the child's life.
How to get started?
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