Ten Tips for a Healthy Mouth

CaptureKeeping your mouth healthy does more for you than give you a nice smile. In fact, dental health is important to your overall health. People who go to the dentist regularly and get their teeth cleaned have fewer issues with heart disease, strokes, diabetes, premature births, arthritis, and more. Here are ten things you can do to keep your mouth healthy:

  1. Visit your dentist twice per year. Your exams, x-rays, and cleanings are critical for everyday dental health. Don’t wait until your teeth or gums hurt to be seen!
  2. Brush your teeth twice daily, and floss once daily. If you brush but don’t floss, you’re missing out on 35 percent of the tooth’s surface. Gum disease is the leading cause of teeth loss for people ages 35 and older. It’s also the second most common disease in the United States, after the common cold.
  3. Start cleaning children’s teeth as soon as they first appear. This not only helps them keep their teeth healthy from the start, but it also teaches them healthy habits!
  4. Use fluoride. You can do this either with fluoridated water, toothpaste, or rinses. However, be careful with fluoride for young kids—too much fluoride can cause white spots on teeth. Just use a pea-size drop of toothpaste when they brush.
  5. Change your toothbrush three to four times per year. When the bristles of your toothbrush are frayed, your toothbrush isn’t cleaning your teeth and gums well enough. It’s also best to replace your toothbrush after an illness.
  6. Wear a mouthguard when playing sports. Sporting accidents are the leading causes of teeth loss for people younger than age 35.
  7. Don’t use (or quit using) tobacco. Smoking stains teeth and significantly increases your risk of gum disease and oral cancer.
  8. Be smart about what you eat. A well-balanced diet contributes to healthy teeth and gums.
  9. Avoid sugary food and drinks. Bacteria in your mouth breaks down sugars to produce acid, which erodes tooth enamel and starts the tooth decay process.
  10. Protect molars with sealants. The best time to have sealants placed is when permanent molars first start coming in. This helps protect the tops of these teeth.

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10 Lesser-Known Tips for Dental Health

Teeth - 10 lesser know tips illustration green-01Properly caring for your teeth not only keeps your smile looking its best; it can help you avoid a variety of dental and other health problems. You probably know the basics—visit your dentist at least twice a year, and brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day—but what else can you do?

Here are some lesser-known tips for taking great care of your oral health.

  1. Be thorough – set a timer and brush your teeth for a full two minutes. Less than that, and you may be leaving behind bacteria.
  2. When brushing, include your gums along with your teeth. This will help stimulate blood flow and improve your gum health.
  3. When flossing, wrap the floss around the tooth in a C shape before moving it up and down; this will cover more of the tooth surface. And don’t forget to floss along the back of the teeth in the very back of your mouth.
  4. Try a plastic floss holder, sold next to toothbrushes in most grocery and drug stores. These two-pronged plastic tools allow you to clean between teeth with one hand.
  5. Chew sugar-free gumstudies show that this stimulates the production of saliva, which can help reduce cavities. It can also trap bacteria and neutralize plaque acids.
  6. Use a mouth rinse to help reduce plaque.
  7. Avoid soft drinks, fruit juices, and sugary foods.
  8. This time of year, we know it can be difficult to pass up all sweets. If you do enjoy a dessert – especially a sticky treat like pecan pie – be sure to drink plenty of water along with it to help wash away any food particles on your teeth.
  9. Some medications can affect oral health. Talk with your doctor if your oral health has suddenly changed after starting a new medication.
  10. Last, but not least, avoid smoking tobacco or using smokeless tobacco products – these unhealthy habits can lead to gum disease and oral cancer, not to mention bad breath!

 

Infographic: 33 Ideas to Stay Healthy at Work

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Working in an office setting can be a wellness destroyer. For most of us, we sit too long, we stress constantly, and we eat garbage all day long (stress induced Gummi Bears are my personal Kryptonite). But it doesn’t have to be that way. Since I work in an office, and routinely make unhealthy decisions at work, I decided to ask a boatload of my coworkers how they stay healthy at work. Turns out, my pals had some incredible ideas, and I felt the need to share them with the world. All of these ideas came directly from PacificSource employees (aka “my work homies”). I hope this sparks some ideas for how you can live a healthy life during the daily grind.

If you have more ideas, please share them in our comments. And as always, please share this infographic with anyone looking for a healthy boost at work. Thanks for checking it out!

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