Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Importance of Good Dental Hygiene

Good dental hygiene is very important to our health. It eliminates or reduces bacteria in the mouth that can lead to inflammation that can lead to heart disease and other complications. Luckily you can banish these bad boys by keeping your teeth clean.

Unhealthy bacteria converts sugars from food into lactic acid which creates a sticky layer of plaque on the teeth, destroying tooth enamel and leading to cavities.  For prevention, look for toothpaste that contains cranberry extract and green tea which will keep bacteria from sticking to the teeth. And licorice root and meem to chase away plaque.  And most important diet, limit sticky sugary foods, candies and processed flour foods. Snack on crunchy foods like apples and carrots. They help sweep away food debris, and their high water content and saliva they promote dilutes bacteria.

Bacteria under gums cause inflamed tissue that is prone to bleeding. Floss and picks help dislodge bacteria. B vitamins encourage red blood cell development which is critical for good gum health. Be sure to get plenty of Omega 3 in the diet or take supplements. Eat lots of colorful fruits and vegetables high in vitamins A,C and E, dark leafy greens, tomatoes, carrots, beets, citrus fruits and eggs should do the trick.

Your teeth usually darken as you age, also drinking coffee and tea doesn’t help. You can try whitening toothpastes, whitening pens, mouthwashes, or strips containing hydrogen peroxide, which breaks down in water. They are safe for home use if concentration is no more than 3 percent. Dentists use stronger concentrations. You can also use whitening products like silica, baking powder and bamboo powder.

Bad breath is another factor of bad dental hygiene.  Although, it can be the result of nasal drip, low saliva, acid reflux, or dry mouth. Each creates a low saliva or high acid environment, which causes bacteria to accumulate in sticky, odor causing plaque. Some foods are well known for creating bad breath, such as onions, garlic which produce sulphur compounds responsible for the rotten egg syndrome. Protein rich foods such as cheese, milk and fish create a breeding ground for bacteria,as do acidic drinks like coffee and orange juice.

Eating foods that kill bacteria and keep it from sticking to teeth is an good antidote for bad breath. Green tea, cranberry, and other antioxidants will prevent bad breath. When gums recede from improper brushing or aging, cold and hot foods can cause discomfort. Ease the pain  with products that contain potassium nitrate, or herbs like chamomile, clove oil and myrrh. They have a history of helping pain, inflammation and healing tissue wounds.


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