Your total health can be affected by your gums and teeth!

Taking Care of Oral Hygiene

Have you ever been told that infection causes disease? It doesn’t matter how small it is, but gum infections can cause a host of problems. Oral hygiene is probably not something you discuss over your coffee break. Taking the time to properly care for you teeth may not be a high priority but it should be. The older I get the more I realize just how important good health is. Believe it or not, good health can depend on your teeth and gums.

Did you know that gingivitis is the inflammation of your gums? Gingivitis isn’t usually painful but it does precede periodontitis. You will know by the pain if you have let your sensitivity go too far. I found out that dentists will recommend scaling the gums and root planing if the infection has gone too deep. Serious infection can ruin the tooth and lead to its removal. Sound scary? It does to me.

How’s your breath? I know this sounds rather personal, but bad breath can be a sign of infection. Rather than trying to mask the problem with mints and gum, take a good look at your teeth and gums. Get to the root of the problem. It may literally be your roots!

Do you have sensitivity when you brush your teeth? Do your gums bleed when you brush or rinse? When is the last time you visited the dentist? If you’re like me, you’re not crazy about the idea. I know all about going to the dentist. If I can avoid it, I will. Let’s look at some simple things you can do to minimize your gum problem. The following suggestions may seem old and boring, but you’d be surprised how many people skip some of these simple healthy tips:

Teeth Cleaning. Brush your teeth after every meal when possible. Use a brush that is appropriate. Choose a brush that is not to firm, and change your brush frequently. Rinse your brush after each use with hydrogen peroxide. Keep the gingivitis away and brush frequently.

Floss your teeth. This is not my favorite pastime, but I know it helps, I’ve seen the results. If you really hate it, then try flossing before bedtime, once a day.

Eat healthy foods. You are what you eat, right? If you’re not getting enough of the right vitamins in your food, then take some vitamin pills. Vitamin C is especially important. Vitamin C is crucial for healthy gums, and it helps fight infections.

Go to the dentist. Maybe you haven’t been to the dentist in awhile. Perhaps you moved to a new area and you don’t know where to go. I think it’s a good idea to know what type of dentist would suit you best. For instance, are you interested in the new sedation techniques? Have you heard the advertisements for the dentist that offers sedation where you won’t remember what happened? I’d think about this pretty hard first. Maybe you’re like me and you had the best dentist in the world, but then he retired. The bad news is you’ll never replace that favorite old dentist. The good news is, the technology today is fantastic and a lot of the once old painful and time consuming procedures are painless and require very little time in the dentist chair. Okay, so as your friends and family first to recommend a dentist, then go online. You can always change if you’re not comfortable.

Do you rinse after your meals? I haven’t done this often enough. Sounds easy though doesn’t it? How many people carry a toothbrush with them? Rinse your mouth after your meals as discreetly as possible. This is a teeth cleaning technique that will get you by until you get home to brush your teeth.

Remember water-piks? You can get one at any department store. I like to add hydrogen peroxide to the water. This helps get under the gum line and the hard to reach places. Killing the bacteria caused by any infection is what the hydrogen peroxide can help with.

So, what’s the bottom line? You may be lucky and not have any teeth or gum trouble. Not yet anyway. Before you find out the hard way, take it from me, stay ahead of the curve, brush your teeth and do it like you care. Teeth cleaning is a healthy habit. We have lots of habits both good and bad. They say do if you do something seven times it will become a habit. Start today!