Chewing

It all begins with the stomach although chewing food well is

essential for really good digestion. Dentures should fit perfectly

so the mouth does not develop sores. Using denture cream is not

a good substitute for correct fit and is toxic. Denture plastic is

often toxic, even containing mercury in its composition! Toxins in

plastic can seep! Such toxins lower the immunity of the mouth

and throat and stomach since it all flows down into the stomach.

Low immunity in the mouth permits throat infections to be

chronic. If your elderly loved one has a red-looking mouth or

throat, instead of pink, an infection is going on in spite of no

coughs and no complaints.

It will do no good to keep zapping bacteria when reinfection

is so easy. First kill the bacteria in the dentures by soaking in

70% grain alcohol. Then test the dentures for toxins. Soak the

dentures in water for several hours. Rinse and soak again in fresh

water. Repeat a third time to insure that any toxin found came

from the dentures, not the saliva. Save this water for testing.

Search for heavy metals in the denture water. If you find any, you

know the dentures are toxic! Get new ones, made of uncolored

methacrylate (see Dental Cleanup, page 409).

The denture-soak should kill bacteria each night. Plastic has

tiny pores where bacteria can hide. Use 70% grain alcohol which

you make yourself or plain vodka which is about 50% alcohol.

Since alcohol evaporates and is expensive, use a wide mouth jar

with close fitting non-metal lid for all this. Fish them out with

your toothbrush so it gets sterilized too. It only takes

minutes to kill everything. Commercial denture cleaners are much

more toxic than grain alcohol; don't use them.

Use food grade hydrogen peroxide or salt water to brush

teeth in your mouth, never toothpaste. Toothpaste has toxic

metals (tin, fluoride, strontium) besides benzene pollution. See

the section on brushing teeth (page 532) for details and sources.

If you are responsible for this daily chore, use homemade floss

(2 pound to 4 pound nylon fish line) first; then brush. If your

loved one is seated they may be able to handle the brush by

themselves, giving them pride in the achievement.

If an elderly person refuses or can't wear dentures, provide

food that is soft and without chunks since this decides whether

the stomach can digest it. The stomach is the weak point of the

digestive process for the elderly because nearly all don't produce

enough acid to get the job done.



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