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Importance of Dental Hygiene

Wouldn't it be nice if we could grow new teeth each time one goes bad? Or if we just grew new teeth every year or so. If that were true then we would not need dentists. Well, we grow two sets of teeth in our lifetime. Once our children loose their first set of teeth we need to be on a crusade to take care and teach them how to care for their second and last set of teeth. We all know that we must brush our teeth and floss everyday. When I was young and still at home I thought that you were suppose to brush your teeth after each meal. Back then I came home from school for lunch everyday.  Brushing after each meal was not a problem. Flossing was not known about then. Doing research dental floss did not become prominent until the 70's. Diet can also affect your teeth. My parents cooked from scratch all of our meals. We did not drink a lot of pop. My parents did not allow us to eat candy excessive amounts of candy. Candy was a holiday treat. We had home cooked desserts weekly.

Improper Dental Hygiene or the lack thereof can contribute to a multitude of health problems. Also what you eat can contribute to poor dental health. It is vital to longevity of our teeth to get periodic professional cleaning.

Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth

Brushing and flossing is the first step in maintain healthy teeth. However brushing and flossing alone cannot prevent plaque build up. Plaque build up causes irritation of the gums which leads to gingivitis. If you have a manual tooth brush, your teeth for 3 minutes. Try to hold your tooth brush at a 45 degree angle and include the gum line when you are brushing the outside of your teeth. Do the same for the inside surface. If you have an electric tooth brush or a spin, brush your teeth for 2 minutes. My Dentist instructed me to floss for 30 seconds longer than I usually floss. So I figure floss for at least 60 seconds. Floss in between each tooth. Floss up and down the sides of each tooth including the back teeth. 


Don't forget mouthwash.  I say it is best to use wouthwash every night after you have carefully brushed your teeth.  Pick a good mouthwash.  What ever your dentist reccomend.  Don't buy mouth wash nor tooth paste from the dollar store.  I had an alergic reaction from the tooth paste I got from a dollar store.  They are imported from different coutries and do not have the same standard that our home products have.  So what does the commercial say swish the mouthwash for 30 or 60 seconds.

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is from the build up of plaque on your teeth and causes irritation of your gums. They become red and swollen. Think about it if you do not brush your teeth daily you have food caked up on your teeth. The food is decaying that is poison and toxin build up. If your gums are red and swollen and bleed when you brush/floss your teeth you probably have gingivitis. Another partner to Gingivitis is bad breath. Though bad breath is not always due to gingivitis. You only get a second set of teeth why not take care of them. Next plaque becomes hard if you do not remove it and it becomes tarter. You cannot brush tarter off you have to have it professionally removed.

See your dentist at least every 6 months.

Untreated Gingivitis leads to Periodontitis

What is Periodontitis? That comes after Gingivitis, if you fail to get dental care for your teeth. Now it starts to get bad complicated. Your body breaks down the bone and tissue in the area that is infected. You loose bone and your teeth. That is permanent. Bye teeth.

How can poor dental care affect you?

Did you know that neglecting your teeth can lead to a myriad of health problems?  Well let's get started with a few.

  1. Heart Disease and Stroke. ( Can cause an increase in chance of a heart attach or stroke
  2. Kidney failure (chronic kidney disease)
  3. Diabetes
  4. Pre Term Birth

These are a few health issues that can result from poor dental hygiene.  Our life expectancy has lengthened why not live it with best quality of life if you can?

Remember brush daily, floss at least once daily.  I say brush after each meal if you can.  Once I joined the work force many, many years ago I neglected my teeth.  I did not take the care with them like I did when I was younger and now I sorely  regret it.  Now that I am retired I can brush more often floss more.  You guys do the same!

Eating for Dental Health

Foods to avoid

It should suffice to say avoid sugary foods. Acid drinks such as too much pop. Sugary drinks. Tacky gummy candy. When I was a child when I did eat tacky candy I would immediately go and brush my teeth afterwards to get that sticky stuff off my teeth. My parents did not allow us to have much if any candy. I had a serious illness when I was a small child which set bacteria up in my system and affected my teeth. One of my first dentists asked my mom about this even he did not know my personal illness I had in the past but he saw what it had done to my teeth. It was amazing. Even still proper hygiene must be followed. 

 Foods to Eat

Follow a good healthy diet. Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables of course!  Fresh fruit not caned. The less processed the food the better.  Get your five food groups each day.  Three ounces of whole grain, bread cereal, crackers, rice or pasta.  look for whole grain foods.  Eat orange, dark green veggies.  The more colors the better Dry peas and beans.  100% fruit or vegetable juice does count as a fruit or vegetable.  Five some say nine servings daily.  Don't forget your milk, dairy. Cheese milk yogurt.  Go for the low fat milk and yogurt.  Milk for small children 2 cups a day.  Boys and girls 3 cups a day and continue though adults.  We also need fat or oils that sounds better. Grease to some, what makes food taste good.  As you know too much and the wrong kind clogs arteries and adds pounds. Young women under 30, 6 teaspoons.  Women my age can have 5 teaspoons. Young men up to 30 can have 7 teaspoons, then drop to 6 teaspons from then on.   Lastly meat.  Try to eat as lean meat as possible. 5 ounces for women, men require 6 ounces.  Beans are included in the meat group.  Black eyed peas, kidney beans, and navy beans to name a few.

Dental Hygiene for Dry Mouth

I have discovered that anyone at any age have experienced dry mouth at some time of their lifetime usually it is a temporary problem. As we get older it becomes an ongoing problem. I have learned as I have grown older due to certain medication that I take I have experienced this condition called dry mouth. Well my mouth is dryer that is once was which causes food to stick between my teeth. As we age we sometimes generally developed dry mouth anyway. Blood pressure medication can exacerbate or bring on this condition which can cause one to develop a dry cough. My doctor wanted to prescribe me yet another medication for my cough, which I'm sure that medication too had it's side effects.  My solution to the dry cough is to make sure I drink my 8 glasses of water daily. A sip of water seems to counteract the cough.  I really only cough maybe two times a day two or three times a week.  There are other medications that I take that motivate me to make certain I drink my 8 glasses of water we all should drink water anyway. 

Tips I learned from my Hygienist

Little known Facts you should know

1.  I learned from my Hygienist to use non alcohol mouthwash. This seems to be working well for me. Alcohol is a drying agent and actually dries your mouth out.

2.  Chew  sugerless gum use a sugerless mint.  Sucking on a sugar mint wreks havoc on your teeth eating away at your teath eating away at the enamal.

3.  Stay away from cafeine drinks, coffee, tea cafeine sodas and alcohol.   Now I love my coffee and  tea I have limited my intake to one to two days a week.

4.  Avoide tabacco which is drying.

5.  Use a humidifier at night this will put moisture in the air.

6.  Use a soft toothbrush.  If your toothbrush is too hard run it under some hot water for a few seconds to soften it up.

7.  Floss gently everyday.  If your gums bleed when you floss warning this is not good this may be a sign of gum disease see your denist.