An Ultimate Guide For Your Oral Health Care Plan

With age, the significance of oral health care becomes more important. The increase in age enhances the chance of such illness and diseases. So, it becomes essential to prepare a proper plan and follow it for healthy teeth and gums. Taking care of the mouth will affect the health of your entire body as well.

Bad oral hygiene is directly connected to the diseases related to the heart. That is why it becomes important to develop healthy personal oral health as early as you can to stay away from the problems in the future.

Plan For Your Oral Hygiene Today

Visit your dentist to know about your needs. Everybody has different needs. Visit your dentist to know about your problem areas in detail. Also, ask him how your health depends upon your oral hygiene.

Follow a Proper Routine

It takes time to develop a habit and follow it completely. You must follow your oral hygiene routine thoroughly for strong gums and teeth. Make good efforts so that you can stick to your regime. The process must include the things mentioned below.

 

  1. Brush two times a day, during morning and night.
  2. Flossing is an important part of the routine.
  3. Add Flouride mouthwashes to your regime.

 

Antibacterial mouthwash helps in removing plaque from the mouth and also help in treating the gum diseases. They also fight and stops tooth decay.

Take Care Of Your Diet

Food can stuck to the teeth which can lead to problems if not cleaned well. Food high in sugar increases the bacteria in your mouth which eventually causes tooth decay. If the food contains something acidic, the enamel coating of the teeth is attacked here.

It is important to eat fruits and vegetables that are good for your teeth and gums and also your health. Avoid donuts, chips, candy bars, sugary drinks and try to add cream, yogurt, fruits etc to your food.

Avoid Bad Habits

Smoking is not a good habit and this warning is issued everywhere by the government but there are only a few people who take this seriously. It causes heart diseases and cancers. It is also bad for your oral health. Stop smoking and it will lower down the risks of mouth cancer and other related diseases.

Study Your Mouth First

Do you know every single detail about your mouth? This is the most important part of your oral health plan. Examine it by yourself. Have a look at the teeth, gums, lips, mouth roof etc carefully. Keep a note of the changes that occur while following the plan. You can look for more than a few things like bumps, lesions, spots, cuts etc that occurred recently. Also, check the discolored or chipped teeth.

It is important to have a check on your mouth as you can opt for the necessary treatment procedure as soon as you get to know about it. Follow the oral hygiene plan and visit the dentist on the regular basis for safe and secure oral health regime.

 

By Get Thrive Guest Blogger Ruby Daub

Dental Care That Can Help You Avoid a Heart Attack

Everyone’s mouth is full of bacteria. And how you take care of your teeth and gums will reflect on your oral (and physical) health. Untreated gum disease has proven to increase risk of heart disease, leaving you susceptible to high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. Fortunately, there are ways to help you avoid developing periodontal disease and its potentially deadly consequences.

 

Poor Dental Care is No Smiling Matter

Many people do not care for their oral hygiene in the best manner possible. There are several reasons why:

– lack of awareness of types of care and the serious need for care

– inability to afford care

– fear of going to the dentist

– difficulty accessing public dental service

Swollen, sore, and inflamed gums are main signs of gum disease. There are two types of periodontal issues:

Gingivitis is marked by red, tender, painful gums often accompanied by bad breath.

Periodontitis is more intense and often includes pockets of bacterial infection, pus, and extreme pain.

 

Who is at Risk for Gum Disease?

Basically any person who does not brush or floss often enough, or get their teeth cleaned by a professional once or twice a year is at risk for gum disease. In a 2010 report, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that one in every two adults over 30 years old had periodontal disease.

Here are the top reasons why gum disease develops:

  • Plaque build-up. A thick film of bacteria forms on teeth and gums.
  • Smoking
  • Hormonal shifts
  • Chronic stress
  • Crooked teeth
  • Prescription medication

 

How is Dental Care Related to Heart Disease?

Research has shown that bacteria from oral plaque in those with periodontitis has been found in arteries of the heart. That plaque can eventually cause a heart attack. Additionally, according to the Harvard Heart Letter it’s possible that the inflammation in the mouth leads to inflammation in other parts of the body, including arteries in the heart.

Chewing and brushing your teeth releases bacteria into the bloodstream. The risk of emergent heart disease is doubled for those with gum disease. It makes sense then, to try and avoid developing gingivitis or periodontitis by practicing good oral hygienic habits.

 

Hope for the Heart

Besides dental care maintenance, a recent study out of China has revealed that aggressive treatment of gum disease can help lower blood pressure. Over 100 Chinese men and women with high blood pressure were part of the research. Half were treated with regular cleanings, while the other half received thorough treatment for periodontitis.

The intensive treatments included antibiotics, tooth removal (if necessary), and cleaning down to the roots of the remaining teeth. Those participants showed a drop of three systolic points after a month, and a drop of over 12 systolic blood pressure points six months after the treatment. Diastolic pressure dropped approximately four points. (Those who had a regular cleaning showed no change in blood pressure numbers.)

So, can improvement of oral health treatment prevent cardiovascular problems? It seems likely to be so.

 

Word of Mouth

The American Dental Association recommends:

  • Brushing at least twice per day and spending at least four seconds on each tooth each time. (That’s about 2-3 minutes each brushing.)
  • Flossing at least once a day or using another method that cleans thoroughly between each tooth.
  • Decrease sugar consumption in foods and beverages.
  • Visit a dentist regularly for a hygienic cleaning, prevention, and treatment of oral disease (which includes gum disease.)

Another recommendation from holistic dentists is the ancient practice of oil pulling. Many people today swear by it for thorough cleaning of teeth, tongue, and gums. Some stores sell essential oil flavored mixtures, but coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil will do just fine as well.

You do not gargle with it—rather you swish the oil inside your mouth, pulling it through the crevasses of your teeth. You also never swallow it. Swirl it around with your tongue and jaw for several minutes. When done, spit it out. Rinse your mouth with fresh water.

Basically, brush, floss, keep sugar consumption low, manage your stress, don’t smoke, and you should be able to avoid developing gum disease. In turn, you will find yourself at less risk for cardiovascular disease. Being that heart disease is the #1 killer, perhaps starting with your dental care is a simple way to stay on a healthy living track. Check out GetThrive! for more up-to-date health tips for you and your loved ones.

 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5519046/

https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/11/15/Treating-gum-disease-may-help-lower-blood-pressure-study-says/2421510750761/?utm_source=fp&utm_campaign=ts&utm_medium=13

https://getthrive.com/ancient-way-prevent-tooth-decay/

https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1081424-overview

https://www.listerine.com/gum-disease-healthy-gums/common-causes-gum-disease

http://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/home-care

 

 

 

 

Should Americans Have a Right to Health Care Choices?

What do you think about health care in America and should Americans have the right to choose their own health care plans? This is still a hot topic in the United States today.

As you may already know, the government has been pushing for universal health coverage, and thus the reason Obamacare was established. However, there is still much debate over the matter by many who oppose it.

Asking the Affordable Care Questions…

The Affordable Care Act was put in place by the U.S. Congress and President Obama, to provide Americans with access to better health care and to make those choices affordable and independent of the health insurance companies.

The question now is who is going to pay for those health care costs. Is it the government, consumers or insurance companies? Should the answer and solution be the same for all Americans?

Equal Economy

Free society would love to have everyone equal, but that is not the case. There is always inequality in any economic resources, whether America or anywhere else in the world. Health care has taken up a large piece of the economy and so the question will continue to be a struggle because unfairness and inequality still exists as part of the economy.

In a situation where health insurance has become quite expensive and many Americans are just one paycheck away from being uninsured, it is clear that the right to health care choices is not only important, but crucial.

The lack of health care in any country amounts to being basically a moral issue. As an industrialized nation, the United States is way behind the ‘eight ball’ of universal health care and is now having a hard time convincing their opponents that it is now the right time and catching up with other countries.

Affordable Care…for ALL Americans

In fact, other countries have already deemed healthcare to be a right and not a privilege. It should no longer be unavailable to Americans who cannot afford health care. It should be available to all. That is essentially the root of the problem. How can it be made affordable? This is the question that President Obama must have asked himself when he created the Affordable Care Act for all Americans.

The Emergency Room Dilemma

Americans without healthcare are at risk for poor health. In addition, for those who could not afford health insurance until now, the emergency room becomes the ‘go to’ place for medical treatment. In so doing, consumers pay the costs.

Someone without medical insurance has no other option when sick, but to go to the emergency room. Most of them are unable to pay the medical bill received from the emergency room. So who picks up the tab? You know the answer…

A Human Right

The case then should be that all Americans have a human right to having access to good healthcare; just like the wealthy do. There should be no discrimination against any race, age, gender, and income or health status.

Healthcare should be considered a good deed to the public and not just a commodity. Any gaps in the system should be purged so that all communities can access comprehensive and proper healthcare services.