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Oral Health

Oral Health

Presented by: Health First Chiropratic

While some of us are diligent with seeing our chiropractor, eating habits and exercise, not all of us take care of our teeth as well. We know we should be flossing regularly, as brushing does not always do the job it should, but many of us find flossing quite tedious. Some even disregard pain and infection from abscesses that can affect a person’s overall health both physically and mentally. Bleeding gums are often thought to be a normal result of brushing too hard and dismissed, rather than taking it as a warning sign of gum disease. Research has shown an association between oral disease and other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Dry mouth, poor cleaning habits or gum disease can result in bad breath, which in turn can affect a person’s social life when interacting with others.

General Care

It is important to keep the mouth as clean as possible. Use a soft-bristle or ultra-soft toothbrush to avoid damage to the gums. Brush at an angle from the gums up or use a rolling motion making sure you cover the surface of every tooth. Most dentists will also recommend brushing the tongue as well to get rid of as much bacteria as

possible. At least once a day, follow flossing with brushing. Flossing is easier today by using soft picks, which have the same effect as flossing, but much easier to do, so there are no excuses. Like chiropractic, care of your teeth is a vital function of your body, so take care of them. Always use a mouthwash rinse, preferably a non- alcohol brand as alcohol can dry out the inside of the mouth. If brushing or flossing is not possible for some time or for any reason, a quick rinse out with mouthwash can at least destroy bacteria and rinse away plaque until you can brush and floss.

Other Essentials for a Healthy Mouth

On a regular basis, check the inside of your mouth for any signs of gum disease, swelling or bleeding, which should be checked by your dentist. Any lumps or discoloration could be a sign of oral cancer. Diet plays a big part in keeping a healthy mouth. Limit foods and beverages containing sugar or carbohydrates. Change your eating habits, if necessary, as this helps your oral health and gives your entire body a boost. Eating acidic fruits can eat away at enamel, so eat healthy snacks like cheese, vegetables and non-acidic fruits. Good nutrition builds strong teeth and gums. Exercise and a healthy diet play crucial roles in your body’s daily functions, including infection control and self-repair. Your diet can certainly play a role in your overall dental health according to a study done by the UCLA Health System.1  Visit your dentist at least twice a year, as professional cleaning is the best method for preventing and finding any problems. Smoking not only causes bad breath, but it can also cause oral cancer, heart disease and gum disease as well as introducing numerous carcinogens into the lungs and body tissues. If you have a serious gum disease your dentist may refer you to a periodontist doctor for treatment.

Whitening

Did you know there are some foods which can naturally whiten your teeth? Why spend money on expensive whiteners when you can find what you need at the grocery store?

● Strawberries contain malic acid, which removes stains and Vitamin C to break down plaque. Mash them and apply to the teeth, leaving them for a couple of minutes, then rise with tepid water. An added pinch of salt acts as a gentle scrub.

● Baking soda has been used for years as a tooth whitener and can be used in combination with strawberries, lemon or orange juice. Apply to the teeth for 1 minute if used with lemon juice or 3 minutes if mixed with water, then rinse. Repeat every few days.

● Oranges, eaten on a fairly regular basis, or the juice of oranges or lemons used in combination with baking soda, can help whiten teeth due to the Vitamin C content. Do not use this method excessively however as any citric fruit is acidic and may weaken tooth enamel.

● Apple cider vinegar is another ingredient which can whiten teeth. Use it like a mouthwash, swished through the teeth then discarded or try to brush your teeth with the vinegar still in your mouth for a few moments. Then brush your teeth as normal. To make the most of this treatment, follow the routine for at  least one month.


Teeth whitening with food is a slow process compared to professional teeth whitening. It is less costly, but if you are not in a hurry it will work in the long run.2 Whether you use regular or sensitivity toothpaste, fluoride-based mouthwash or home-made tooth whitening foods, the key is regular oral care and regular dental appointments. Just as important are regular visits with your chiropractor as part of your overall health regime.


References and Sources – Posted on 2017 –

03 -14. Roderick, Dr. Russell, 1. Roderick, Dr. Russell, DMD

http://www.abcarticledirectory.com - Posted on 2017-03-13 2. Kwon - Dr. Samuel, DDS http://www.abcarticledirecto ry.com – Posted on 2017 – 03 -14DMD


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