Daily habits that might seem look like no big deal add up over the years, setting you up for bad breath, gum recession, and sensitive teeth in the long run – but don’t worry, many of these are reversible or involve a simple change in your oral care routine!
Here are the top five mistakes I see all the time, along with how to fix them so you can be well on your way to better dental health.
1. Using Mouthwash
Despite what a lot of advertising would have you believe, mouthwash actually isn’t all that great for your dental hygiene. It disturbs the natural flora in your mouth and can even be drying, thus promoting the growth of the very bacteria you’re trying to kill!
In fact, you want to nourish and promote a healthy balance of bacteria in the mouth for great breath, cavity prevention, and even overall health. Ever heard of taking probiotics for gut health? The same principle applies for your mouth.
If you’ve been using mouthwash for a long time or have taken antibiotics at any point in your life (that’s most of us!) you can help restore this balance by including probiotic-rich foods in your diet like cheese and taking a probiotic supplement.
2. Brushing Too Hard
Harder isn’t better when it comes to brushing. In fact, if you brush your teeth too hard, you could be causing damage to your mouth, specifically, your gums.
When you brush your teeth too hard, your gums will begin to recede up and away from your teeth. This leaves sensitive parts of the tooth exposed, and it can also make you more susceptible to gum infections.
This problem is compounded when you’re brushing too hard with an old toothbrush. When nylon toothbrush bristles are first made, they are rounded into little domes to make them less abrasive to your teeth, but as they wear away with use, they become sharper, like little knives.
This can cause damage to tooth structure and enamel, literally wearing your teeth away and making them susceptible to damage and cavities. I recommend replacing your toothbrush every four weeks if you’re brushing twice a day.
All of these problems are even further compounded if you’re also brushing too hard. Brushing too hard not only contributes to tooth enamel being stripped away, it also doesn’t clean teeth effectively. When you brush hard, you usually have less control over where your brush is going, meaning you’ll clean the outside of each tooth quickly, but you won’t get into the spaces between teeth.
3. Ignoring Pain
Mouth pain is a sign that something’s wrong in your mouth, and that should never be ignored.
While some pain can be easily soothed at home with oil pulling or painkillers, most mouth pain requires a visit to your dentist. Some pain can be caused by an infection or abscess, which can be quite serious if not treated. Other tooth pain can come from grinding or clenching your teeth, which should prompt your dentist to screen you for sleep apnea or another sleep breathing disorder.
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Other pain, such as increased sensitivity to food temperatures, pressure sensitivity, or general dull aches in your teeth and jaw can mean that your teeth themselves have been damaged, and to fix this, you’ll definitely need the help of a dentist.
The reason not to wait and see is simple: once the damage is done to a tooth, it never gets better. Yes, teeth do heal themselves, but the pain is an indicator that you’re past the point of the tooth healing itself and waiting only leads to further damage.
The sooner you make an appointment, the smaller the problem will be (and the easier it will be to fix).
4. Brushing at the Wrong Times
You were always told to brush after every meal, right? Well, the truth is a bit more complicated than that. While certain foods and drinks—especially ones high in refined carbohydrates—spur the growth of bacteria in your mouth in as little as 20 minutes, requiring immediate brushing afterward, if you brush after other foods, especially acidic ones, you might be doing more damage than good.
Brushing your teeth immediately after consuming acidic foods can damage tooth enamel. Acidic foods weaken tooth enamel for about 30 minutes after eating,
so brushing up to 30 minutes after meals will actually strip away the enamel in its weakened state, leading to an increased susceptibility to cavities.
This is why I like to say it’s better to brush and floss before breakfast, rather than after!
Instead of brushing after eating acidic foods, swish with water or chew gum to neutralize acid in the mouth. Once 30 minutes have passed, you’re free to brush.
And as for the debate over whether to brush or floss first, it isn’t actually all that important. While there’s a case for both side, what matters is that you’re doing both.
5. Being Afraid of the Dentist!
Have you ever been scolded or felt humiliated at the dentist? Unfortunately, it’s common to not only fear the pain and discomfort of going to the dentist but also the shame—and this is simply unacceptable.
Going to the dentist shouldn’t be painful or anxiety-inducing at all…if you’ve chosen the right practitioner, that is.
Finding a shame-free dentist is one of the best investments you can make not just in your dental health, but your overall health as well since dental health impacts virtually every other system in the body.
The right dentist will take the time to explain every procedure, put you in the driver’s seat, and will put you at ease.
There should be zero tolerance for dentists who make insensitive remarks or shame their patients. The right dentist should make you feel good, not ashamed!
“How Old Groundnuts Cause Liver Cancer” – Doctor Raises Alarm
Nigerians who are in the habit of munching old groundnuts instead of discarding them have been warned against the health risks ahead.
Nigerian Doctor, Dr. Nonso, self-styled Aproko Doctor took to his Twitter handle to warn people of the danger of eating old groundnuts.
According to his tweet, it causes cancer of the liver. The consumption of groundnuts especially with Garri (Cassava flakes) or bread is very common in Nigeria.
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Old groundnuts contain aflatoxin that causes liver cancer. This toxin is produced by a fungus that infects old improperly stored groundnuts.
Don’t let your village people win.
Throw that ancestral groundnut away.
Groundnuts should be stored in airtight containers.
Preferably in the refrigerator with constant electricity for about 3 months.
But as we no dey get light like that…
The moment something feels wrong about it. Discard”
ALERT: 3 things that can make you go blind
Imagine life without your sight. There are certain things we do on a daily basis that could harm our eyesight.
These things should be avoided by all means if we want to live happily without losing our eyesight. Here are four of the unexpected things that could make you go blind all of a sudden:
Smoking is not good for your body. It comes with endless side effects on the body.
One of the side effects is blindness. Both women and men risk running blind if they engage in this habit for years. Tobacco tends to release chemicals that are harmful to your health hence they must be avoided by all means.
2. The sun
Have you been staring at the sun directly? It is not recommended to stare at the sun in a direct manner. The rays of the sun can lead to blindness. The straight rays released from the sun are likely to make your eye lenses weaker hence affecting your vision at the end of the day.
3. Early menopause
There are women who experience menopause before the expected age of 45 years. Menopause is often accompanied by loss of sight.
The vision problems are common at an old age. Women who have reached menopause are more likely to suffer from glaucoma, which leaves them with poor sight in the long run.
Six habits to adopt for healthy kidneys
Your kidneys largely affect quality of life, because they are responsible for a hormone — called erythropoietin — which tells the body to make oxygen-carrying red blood cells.
Your kidneys work hard daily, filtering and remove waste products from around 120–150 quarts of blood.
They also control blood pressure, keep your bones healthy, and regulate the level of electrolytes in your blood.
When there are fewer red blood cells to carry oxygen, your muscles and brain tire very quickly
Here are six habits to keep your kidneys healthy.
Water dilutes the concentration of waste material in urine and helps your kidneys work properly.
So drinking a large amount of water every day is putting yourself on the right path to good kidney health.
The colour of your urine can work as an indicator of dehydration – if your urine is dark, you may not be getting enough water.
Reduce sodium intake
Excess sodium can increase your blood pressure, which hampers blood flow to your kidneys and eventually damages them.
In fact, high blood pressure is the second highest cause of kidney damage.
Cut down on protein
High protein diets are common but did you know that excess protein can harm your kidneys?
Ammonia, a byproduct of protein metabolism that can be dangerous in high amounts, is converted to urea and excreted as urine by your kidneys.
If you consume excess protein, your kidneys need to work harder.
Drink less alcohol
Excess alcohol can harm your kidneys because it is a toxin which needs to be filtered out from the blood.
Alcohol also dehydrates you, affecting the normal functioning of kidneys. Excessive drinking can also increase your risk for high blood pressure and liver disease, both of which negatively impact your kidneys.
Drink in moderation to keep your kidneys healthy.
We’re already aware that smoking can harm your heart and lungs and cause cancer. Kidneys are no exception.
Smoking can raise your blood pressure and slow down blood flow to your kidneys.
Keeping fit helps to reduce your blood pressure and therefore reduces the risk of chronic kidney disease.
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