How To Improve Oral Hygiene & Overall Health

How to improve your oral health

Because your mouth is the gateway to your body

Do you have cavities?

Does your gum hurt or bleeds when you brush your teeth or use dental floss?

Are you suffering from dental pain or persistent bad breath that embarrasses you whenever you are close to somebody?

If you suspect that you have any of these symptoms, that may be a sign of a threat to your oral environment.

The shocking truth is that if you think that the most devastating effect of periodontal disease, which is what we call gum disease, is tooth loss, let me tell you that you are mistaken.

According to ever-growing scientific evidence, having such oral bacterial infections may, in fact, put you at increased risk for the complications associated with diabetes, and has also been linked to heart and lung diseases and cancer as well.

The good news is, a relatively simple daily hygiene, can actually protect you against the risk of serious health implications and prevent you from painful and expensive dental care.

Indeed, the purpose of this article is to provide you with useful insights into oral health and help you understand the best practices of keeping the mouth, teeth, and gums clean and healthy for good oral hygiene and disease prevention.

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Your mouth is a fragile ecosystem:

Oral health for better health

Your oral cavity is a complex ecosystem. Thanks to the ecological approach, you can better understand the role of the enzymes, proteins and microflora that compose it.

In fact, your mouth contains a subtle balance that must be maintained to stay healthy.

Did you know that your mouth hosts about 10 billion microorganisms? They are mainly bacteria, but also yeasts, fungi, viruses, and others.

The balance of these bacteria is very delicate and a disruption of this balance leads to the proliferation of certain bacteria, the disappearance of others and the development of infectious risk. These problems manifest through dental caries or periodontal disease which affects the tissues surrounding the tooth, leading to loss of attachment, and alveolar bone. Indeed, in case of proliferation of harmful bacteria, demineralization of hard dental tissue (teeth) and attacked subgingival flora will appear, causing periodontal diseases.

In simple words, your oral cavity contains a bacterial flora whose bacteria interact with each other and with their environment. Ecology studies both these relationships and the biofilms also called dental plaque or bacterial plaque, that make up the oral cavity.

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Preventative measures for good oral health:

Brush your teeth regularly for better oral health

Cavities and gum diseases are entirely preventable, and good oral habits are likely to have overall health benefits. You can ideally treat and manage any potential disorder previously. You want to know how? Just keep reading!

Never use a fluoride toothpaste:

Unlike what you have been told since your childhood, using fluoride toothpaste is actually very harmful to your overall health.

Fluoride comes from fluorine, which is already a common, natural, and abundant element. It has been scientifically proven that too much fluoride can lead to permanent tooth discolouration (dental fluorosis or skeletal fluorosis), which can damage bones and joints.

Furthermore, it has been associated with a number of other serious health issues such as stomach ailments, acute toxicity, skin rashes (perioral dermatitis), and impairment in glucose metabolism.

Eat a healthy diet:

Eating a balanced diet low in free sugars and high in fruit and vegetables, and limiting between-meal snacks alongside favouring water as the main drink, can promote healthy teeth and gums.

Here are some of the key nutritional building blocks that are essential for your dental health:
Calcium, Vitamin D, Potassium, Phosphorus, Vitamin K, C and A. So make sure your diet includes them.

Don’t smoke:

First of all, smoking stains your teeth due to the nicotine and tar in the tobacco. It can make your teeth yellow in a very short time.

Moreover, smoking not only leads to periodontal disease but also causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, therefore holding little promise for healing infections.

Brush and floss daily:

Careful, regular brushing and cleaning between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner are needed to avoid gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) or more advanced stage of gum disease called periodontitis.

Here are tips for a proper brushing to remove plaque according to dentists:

  • Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums.
  • Move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
  • Brush the outer tooth surfaces, the inner tooth surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, using a gentle up-and-down stroke.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

If you want your teeth to naturally look whiter, here is a secret tip that you can try: brush them using a paste of turmeric and lemon for around 2 mins, then use your usual toothbrush. do it at least twice a week for better results.

On the other hand, flossing is as important as brushing. Doing it once a day is usually enough to stimulate the gums, reduce plaque, and help lower inflammation in the area.

Replace your toothbrush every three months:

You might be wondering why you are supposed to change your toothbrush every three months. It still looks nice and perfectly does its job. But if you ever had a chance to examine it under a microscope, you will be surprised by the germs, fungus and bacteria hiding in your toothbrush bristles even if you haven’t been sick. And this is among the factors leading to infection. That is why most dentists agree you should change your toothbrush regularly.

Visit your dentist regularly:

Many people believe that they need to see a dentist only if they have tooth pain or feel that something is wrong. According to the American Dental Association, regular dental visits can contribute to a lifetime of good oral health. If you are experiencing dental pain, don’t put off seeing a dentist. Because with dentistry’s many advances, diagnosis and treatment are more sophisticated and comfortable than ever.

Don’t forget to schedule dental check-ups, at least once per year, to keep your smile, and yourself, healthy.

Reactive measures:

In the case of oral issues, visiting your dentist is a must. However, there are also some natural remedies that you can take advantage of in order to overcome the pain.

For instance, propolis may benefit dental conditions such as gingivitis, mouth ulcers, and periodontal disease.

A homemade green tea-based mouthwash, cloves oil and raw honey are said to relieve teething pain.

Conclusion:

A good smile is what embellishes your face and gives you that magical effect of seduction. Therefore, maintaining your oral health is critical for your wellbeing and your overall health.

Be confident because if you follow the tips provided by this article, the girl of your dream can never step back when you’ll try to kiss her!

Houda Chalabi

Houda Chalabi

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