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Taking Care of Your Teeth and Mouth.
Looking after your teeth and mouth is a way to ensure good health and less pain for your entire life. Thankfully, among all healthy life suggestions, tooth and mouth care is one of the easiest to follow through with. In fact, there is no reason - barring any genetic conditions or severe health issues - that you cannot keep your teeth for your entire life. Having said that, tooth care is so much more than about your teeth or how they look.
It’s essential to understand how to care for your teeth, your mouth, and your health because it all goes together. Ignoring your teeth can impact your life in dangerous ways.
Poor dental hygiene can result in severe health complications outside of losing your teeth. Sure, people get upset when they must lose a tooth due to decay, but tooth health can affect the rest of your health too. For example, an infected tooth left untreated can abscess, and the infection can spread to your bones, brain, heart and other parts of your body, becoming a danger to your life. In fact, about 8000 people die each year in the USA due to a lack of dental health care.
To prevent problems, looking after your teeth the right way consistently is crucial. Using medically sound and researched information is always going to yield the best results when it comes to your healthcare, and especially tooth care. The main thing is that if you are paying attention, you’ll notice changes in your mouth health and catch any problems sooner. This saves not only money but potentially your life.
=> The Importance of Mouth and Tooth Care
The good thing about dental issues is that most problems, like cavities and gum disease, can be prevented through proper tooth and mouth care. Dental hygiene is about so much more than an attractive smile, although that has benefits too. As mentioned above, dental hygiene can affect all parts of your life and health.
* Chewing and Digesting – Your teeth are for grinding down food so that you can eventually digest it. Not having teeth can adversely affect a person’s nutrition because they lose the digestive benefits of chewing if they eat only mushy food.
* Teeth Help You Speak Clearly – If you have issues with losing teeth due to gum disease or cavities, it can affect your ability to speak clearly.
* Tooth Loss Affects Confidence – If you cannot speak clearly and you are worried about how you look, it’s hard to be confident. If your teeth are healthy and cared for, you will naturally be more confident.
* Poor Dental Hygiene Affects Relationships – Due to factors that aren’t always upfront, people who have bad teeth are often unable to maintain good relationships and have full social lives.
* Tooth Loss Affects Face Shape – If you lose teeth without getting replacements, you can lose gum tissue and also the shape of your face can change drastically. This can generate an enormous amount of pain, both physically and emotionally.
* It’s Hard to Smile If Your Teeth Are Bad – Not only will the pain overcome you but if your teeth don’t look their best, it can also affect your smile. Studies show that smiling more boosts feel-good chemicals and helps you have a better day.
* It’s Harder to Get a Good Job – If you have teeth missing, it’s harder to get a good job due to other people’s biases. They may not even be conscious, but people do tend to hire people who are more attractive and teeth play a significant role in attractiveness.
* Tooth Care Reduces Disease – When you take care of your gums, mouth, and teeth, you’ll reduce your risk of disease. Bacteria from infected teeth can infect more than your gums and body. It can cause illnesses that affect your brain, heart, nervous system, and more. You could even have a stroke due to poor dental hygiene.
In addition to reducing the risks of many diseases, good dental hygiene can reduce your risk of cancer, dementia, and premature birth in pregnancy. Studies show that gum diseases raise the risk of early delivery and miscarriage, and people with healthy gums can reduce their chance of Alzheimer’s by 70 percent.
One of the best ways to ensure good mouth and gum health is to care for your teeth by eating a proper diet. Let's look at this next.
=> The Best and Worst Food for Your Teeth
The best thing about tooth health is that the food that is good for the rest of your body is also good for your teeth. Food that is bad for your body is also typically bad for your teeth. Eating a well-balanced diet that is as close to nature as possible - without additives, added sugar, and fake fats, is your best bet for creating and maintaining good health.
Onions and Garlic
These aromatics are excellent for oral health because they naturally have microbial properties that target harmful bacteria that can cause dental decay and gum diseases. Use them cooked and raw as often as you desire because you really cannot overeat onion or garlic.
No matter which type of diet you choose for your health, leafy greens are on it. Greens are rich in vitamins and minerals such as red blood cell-boosting vitamin C. The other thing is that since you have to chew a lot to swallow, it will cause you to salivate more which will help you get rid of food particles, plaque, and bacteria that often hang out on the gumline causing problems.