Posts for: January, 2017
Many recent high school graduates find themselves in their first year of college, and for many, it will be their first time living away from home. But with the excitement of new freedoms, there is also the opportunity to make poor choices that could impact their long-term health, especially their teeth and gums.
Check out the following, yet simple, tips for keeping your teeth and gums healthly during those important college years.
- WATCH WHAT YOU EAT AND DRINK
- DON'T ABUSE ALCOHOL OR USE TOBACCO
- AVOID ORAL PIERCINGS
- KEEP UP YOUR ORAL HYGIENE CARE
Nobody likes bad breath, and although it can sometimes be difficult to tell if you have it, it is always better to practice good oral health than risk a smelly mouth. There are many ways to reduce or eliminate bad breath, some are definitely more effective and longer lasting than others. Check out ways to do so below.
- FLOSS REGULARLY
- In spite of recent Federal news related to the ineffectivenesss of flossing and as dificult as it can be to remember to floss regularly, when it comes to bad breath, flossing is one of the easiest and most effective ways to freshen up yur breath.
- Using some sort of mouthwash can really improve your breath, especially if you find that it still smells after brushing and flossing.
- Whether after taking a nap, or having a full night's rest, brushing your teeth upon waking will reduce bad breath by decreasing the bacteria that accumulation in your mouth during sleep.
There are many ways to freshen your breath beyond just using gum and mints, the above mentioned ways are just a few that you can try. Test them out and you will likely find that your bad breath problem is solved, or at least considerably reduced.
Many smokers believe that chewing tobacco is a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. This simply is not the case! In fact, smokeless tobacco can cause serious health concerns.
Smokeless tobacco comes in many forms and goes by many names: dip, snuff, or simply chewing tobacco. Use of these products usually involves sucking or chewing on shredded or loose tobacco leaves, sometimes flavored, for a prolonged period. There are even products that emulate a dissolvable candy-like consistency which are made of compressed powder.
SMOKELESS TOBACCO RISKS
Whichever form a tobacco takes, the dangers of using or consuming them is very real. According to a 2007 study by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, there are upwards of 28 cancer-causing chemicals in smokeless tobacco that are known to cause cancer. And these products are habit-forming just like any other tobacco product that contains nicotine. Using them will increase your risk for many serious diseases including but not limited to: cancer (especially oral and esophageal), gum and heart disease, cavities, and pre-cancerous mouth lesions.
At the end of the day, long-term use of smokeless tobacco can cause serious health issues. These products really take a toll on both your oral and overall health. They put a strain on your immune system and make it less capable of warding off infection and disease.
There are many resources that are available today for those that desire to quit. The National Cancer Institute offers information, support (local and online), and tools to help smokers and smokeless tobacco users. They offer live online chat with cessation counselors Monday through Friday and even have a smartphone app available to help people who are serious about quitting. Taking a look at the website smoker.gov or calling the toll-free line at 1-877-44U-QUIT for additional tools can provide further assistance in your pursuit of breaking the hold of tobacco.
Everyone realizes that pop and sugary drinks like the popular coffee shop fraps would not make the top recommended drinks to prevent tooth decay. However, there doesn't seem to be much thought taken to the effects of dieting or even your regular diet on your teeth. While most people focus on healthy eating habits in order to reduce their waistline, the same dietary choices can also help to ensure that your teeth stay strong and cavity-free as well.
Without a detailed and complicated lesson in microbiolgy, let's first consider the basics of how your mouth functions. Harmful bacteria form a plaque, an invisible film coating your teeth, which converts foods, especially sugary ones, into acid that dissolves your enamel. On the other hand, your God-given saliva helps to dilute the bacterial acids. The minerals contained in your saliva also help to repair the surface damage. Your diet can play a very important role in managing this delicate balance of bacterial damage and remineralization of the enamel.
Making wise dietary choices like milk, cheese, nuts, chicken and apples, while avoiding cookies, cakes, and pop can keep your teeth healthy and strong! If you do occasionally choose food items that can potenially weaken your enamel, it is now recommended to immediately and vigorously, rinse your mouth with plain water after consuming these items in order to dilute the acid concentration that is in contact with the enamel surfaces. Waiting to brush for about 20 minutes will allow the pH of your mouth to rebound back to its normal level.