I ran across a very interesting article called, Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body? The Impact of Teeth, Breath & Gum Problems, on WebMD. It listed 6 ways that having healthy teeth and gums helps boost overall health.
- Boosts your Self Esteem and Confidence
- May Lower Risk of Heart Disease
- Preserves your Memory
- Reduces Risk of Infection & Inflammation in the Body
- Helps Keep Blood Sugar Stable
- Helps Pregnant Women Carry to Term
To read about each one…visit the article for some interesting information! But this got me thinking about my own dental hygiene. It is good but not great. I typically brush twice a day (morning and night) and floss once or twice a week. I use just plain old Aquafresh toothpaste and a plain old soft bristle toothbrush. Now let’s take Keith. He brushes his teeth easily 3 to 4 times a day, flosses every night, uses the Sonicare toothbrush and rinses with fluoride a few times a week. He is clearly better at his dental care than I am. Yet I don’t have cavities when I go to the dentist and despite my coffee addiction I have very white teeth, I never have a lot of tartar or plaque build up and the only real problem is that I brush too hard and am causing my gums to recede. But I will say that in all my areas of ‘health’ this is where I tend to slack of the most. I will shamelessly admit that there have been many nights where I have gone to bed with a ‘dirty mouth’ out of the sheer laziness of getting up to take the 5 minutes to brush. And I will admit that on occasion a ‘tooth-brushing’ event might only last about 30 second. Hum…probably something I need to work on! 🙂
Do you have a good oral hygiene regime in place?
On another childhood obesity note! (YAY YAY for awareness) Anna Miller sent me this link today because she thought it would be something my readers (and me) would be interested in. SHE IS RIGHT!! 10 Ways to Fight Obesity in Your School! Great read! I urge you to read and forward it out! I am loving all the attention you guys are giving to this issue! MY READERS ROCK!