5 Of The Best Things We Do For Our Teeth
The Best Offense is a Good Defense
With longer days and warmer weather many of us are finding time for some fun and games. Just don’t play games when it comes to taking care of your oral health. A strong defense can keep teeth healthy and strong. A healthy mouth adds to not only a dazzling smile but to overall healthiness.
There are so many things that contribute to the health and well being of our teeth. Here are a few good places to start.
A soft bristled new toothbrush cleans teeth the most effectively. When bristles are frayed or curling at the ends they tend to curl away from the surface of teeth instead of getting into crevices and below the gum line where bacteria and debris can be trapped.
While flossing might seem unsurprising and should be a routine part of daily hygiene, it often gets skipped. It’s a fact that flossing can remove as much plaque, food particles and biofilm from teeth as brushing AFTER you’ve finished brushing.
When done properly flossing involves wrapping the floss around the three sides of the tooth being flossed and using a “sawing” motion up and down the surface of the tooth all the way into the gum line. Flossing can play a big factor in stopping gum recession and periodontal disease. Floss your teeth, all of them, at least one time daily.
3.) Drink More Water.
Surprise. Water is perhaps our greatest asset in our whole body’s defense against disease and this analogy holds true even more so inside of mouths. Adequate amounts of saliva are the mouth’s best defense against the food particles feeding bacteria and against the bacteria themselves.
The best way to make sure you have enough fresh, slippery, slimy, beneficial saliva? Your body weight divided by two. This gives the recommended number of ounces of water you need to drink daily to stay adequately hydrated, more if you sweat, its really hot outside or you drink a lot of caffeine. Go and get a glass of water to drink while you finish the rest of this article.
4.) Cut Down on Alcohol, Stop Using Nicotine.
Smoking has an immediate and lasting effect on the bodies circulatory system. Changes in blood pressure and heart rate can affect overall health but in your mouth these processes compromise the blood flow to vital nerves and tissues. The tar, smoke and nicotine interrupt the natural process that saliva plays in keeping your gums and teeth healthy. Pair this with the increased temperature from the inhalation of smoke (if you are smoking vs other nicotine forms) and it is the perfect storm to impede the natural ability of the mouth to heal itself.
Drinking alcohol also introduces harmful chemicals to the body. Alcohol, like smoking dries the oral tissues and impairs the natural process of the saliva that is there to protect the teeth. The acidic nature of alcohol invariably weakens and erodes away the protective enamel on the outside of the teeth. Teeth then become even more susceptible to decay. Decay leads to gum disease and eventual bone loss.
Limit alcohol consumption and stop smoking. Long term these are two of the most measurable things you can do for your body’s overall health AND your mouth’s health.
5.) Get Your Rest
In a four year study, of over two hundred patients, the largest factor contributing to gum/periodontal disease after smoking was lack of sleep. Those patients receiving six or less hours of sleep had a more rapid progression of disease and inflammation. Surprisingly when subjects increased their average hours of sleep up to seven or eight hours of sleep their gum disease decreased or slowed measurably.
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