4 Ways Beyond Brushing to Keep Your Teeth Healthy
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According to the American Dental Association about a third of U.S. adults are unhappy with their oral health. Factors such as pain, discomfort, bad breath and receding gums impact our health in many ways and in the event that they are affected, they can take a toll on our lives. Our mouths are the gateway to the health of our bodies and it is our responsibility to provide it with what it needs. Beyond brushing, here are 4 ways to keep your teeth healthy.
Did you know?
Regular Brushing and Flossing may not be enough to maintain healthy teeth?
E-Cigs contain toxins such as nicotine which lower blood flow and damage the natural way in which gums heal. According to a recent study at University of Connecticut, it was found that E-cigarette users were 76% likely to mature gum disease and 67% prone to oral bone loss than those who do not practice vaping.
Do you suffer from bad breathe? The foods we choose to eat make a big difference! A Swiss study discovered that people who consumed high fiber meals which included wheat bread and an apple had less bad mouth odor for 21/2 hours. High fiber foods allow you to scrub away bad bacteria hanging around your tongue and teeth.
Make Time to De-Stress
Making time to de-stress may seem difficult with our busy schedules nowadays. However, prioritizing our own health for a couple minutes a day can pre-vent the headaches, pain and enamel wear that tooth grinding and jaw clenching can cause. A suggestion given by Angelina R. Sutin, Ph.D., a professor of behavioral sciences and social medicine at Florida State College of Medicine, says journaling can help catch ID triggers by keeping track of your daily life and noting moments that may have caused clenching and grinding of teeth.
Drinking unsweetened green, black or oolong tea could surpass the benefits water may have towards washing away cavity-causing bacteria as published in the journal Archives of Oral Biology. According to Christine D. Wu, Ph.D., professor at our very own University of Illinois College of Dentistry, “Tea is a natural source of fluoride and contains polyphenols, compounds that inhibit dental plaque bacteria and their ability to stick to tooth surfaces and produce acid which is a risk factor for tooth decay.”