Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Are You Brushing and Flossing Enough? Wellness Wednesday

Are you Brushing and flossing enough?
Brushing and flossing your teeth can help prevent certain health problems.  We have all been there, we are just too busy, too tired, or plan just don’t care about flossing and getting in that nighttime brushing.  Sometimes we just forget how important these little steps can be in our health. 
We use our teeth to chew and breakdown food for proper digestion.  When teeth and gums are neglected you can get cavities, inflamed and bleeding gums, and other more serious issue that result in gum disease.  While there are dental procedures to help correct gum disease, tooth decay, and bone loss, preventive care is cheaper and takes up less of your time. 
Why floss?  Because flossing helps to remove bacteria from the guns in the places your brush bristles cannot always reach.  If bacteria are left between the teeth and gums in time it begins to cause inflammation and gum disease.  Not to mention that bacteria cause’s bad breath, but flossing will help to reduce that as well.  About 90% of bad breath comes from bacteria in the mouth.  If you have not started take the time today to get in the habit of brushing and flossing every night.  We all are tired and ready for bed, but the whole process takes about 5 minutes and you can be saving your teeth and saving money on unwanted Dentist bills. 
Affecting Your Health?
When gum disease sets in it not only affects your teeth and gums, but other areas as well.  One study noted that individuals with periodontitis (advanced gum disease) are twice as likely to suffer from heart disease.  How?  The bacteria travel into the blood stream and attaches to fatty plaques in the vessels where it causes inflammation, clots, and possible heart attaches.  Others health issues have been related to gum disease from breathing, complicate diabetes, and affect fertility.   Any time harmful bacteria have a chance to grow stronger it can affect your health.  Keep your smile bright and clean and stay healthful with a little proactive flossing and brushing.   
Ways to reduce Bacteria.
  • Brushing and flossing after each meal (no exceptions about Breakfast and Dinner). 
  • Try not to eat sugar or sugary foods between meals. 
  • If you enjoy sweets try enjoying them in a liquid form rather than solid. 
  • Avoid sticky or the sweets that dissolve slowly. 
  • If you are unable to brush after a meal or snack, try rinsing with warm water vigorously. 
  • Make sure you get in your dental checkups!  
Looking to increase Calcium for strong teeth bones? 
Here are some foods that will give you a daily healthful boost and taste great! 

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