Keeping your mouth pearly white from brushing your teeth and flossing can have a profound effect on your whole body health.
February is National Dental Month; the American Dental Association sponsors the National Children’s Dental Health Month. This sponsorship includes raising the message and awareness of proper dental hygiene.
I’m all about helping spread the word; especially for our kids; best to set them up with healthy routines as early on as possible.
Why brush your teeth?
After your eat, bacteria in your mouth are happy. It’s dinner time for then. The residue from food ( both observed and not observed) are broken down by the bacteria into acids that will break down your tooth enamel. This can cause little holes in and around your teeth which are called cavities.Plaque, is the clear film of bacteria that cling to your teeth ( and it is normal to have the bacteria here … in small amounts). Too much plaque on your teeth will effect your gums by causing them to become red, inflamed and eventually, if untreated, gingivitis.
I tend to think of the mouth as the gateway to the body and if your mouth is unhealthy, the probability that the rest of you is healthy is very unlikely.
Why floss your teeth?
Flossing gives you the extra step needed to clean away the hidden bacteria and food in between your teeth. Flossing also gives gums a little massage which makes them happy and healthy.
- How to floss:Take a piece of dental floss between your hands and gently slip between each tooth and along the gum line. Do once a day.
Dental trivia …
- Dentists recommend that you replace your toothbrush every 3 months. I’m thinking this is a very good idea and actually, if you can replace it sooner, I would.
- Lemon juice, ground up chalk or charcoal were a few things that people used to clean their teeth before toothpaste was invented.
- You do not need a lot of toothpaste, just a pea size amount.
- Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day and pay super close attention that you are brushing the back teeth, and the inside of your teeth.
- Soft bristles are more gentle. Stick with those.
- Spend a good amount of time – 2 to 3 minutes – brushing your teeth. Play your favorite song or hum to yourself that favorite tune.