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Cavities, gum disease, and bad breath—poor oral hygiene can wreak havoc inside your mouth. However, did you know that poor oral health can affect nearly every part of your body? Because the mouth is a primary entryway into the body, the bacteria in it can easily get into the bloodstream and cause infection and inflammation in other parts of the body. So where exactly does the bacteria go? Here is how poor oral health can affect nearly every part of your body.
Having poor oral health you at risk for heart disease. If your gums are inflamed due to the bacteria that causes periodontal disease, that same bacteria can actually get into the bloodstream causing the arteries to build up plaque and harden. This puts you at risk for a heart attack.
Substances that are released from inflamed gums can actually kill brain cells and lead to memory loss. Dementia may result from gingivitis when the bacteria in the mouth spreads to the nerve channels or enters the bloodstream.
Men with periodontal disease tend to have higher levels of a condition known as prostatitis. This condition can lead to painful irritation, difficult ejaculation, pain in the perineum, and urination urgency.
Bacteria in the mouth from diseased gums can be breathed into the lungs. Once there the bacteria can lead to respiratory infections, pneumonia, and acute bronchitis.
Having poor oral hygiene puts you at an increased risk for erectile dysfunction. Bacteria from diseased gums can get into the bloodstream and cause blood vessels to become inflamed. This inflammation can block the flow of blood to the genitals, making erections difficult or even impossible.
We’ve been taught to brush twice a day and floss, but eating the right foods also
contributes to clean and shiny teeth and gums. Keep your mouth happy by chomping
on these 10 foods.
Yogurt gives your mouth a triple bang for the buck. Studies have shown that yogurt
reduces hydrogen sulfide, the chemical associated with bad breath. It also helps reduce
plaque and gingivitis.
In the past, sticky foods like raisins were a no-no for healthy teeth. However, recent
research tells us that the antioxidants found in raisins help reduce the growth of a
certain bacteria that may cause inflammation and gum disease.
Crunchy fruit like apples, celery and carrots help increase saliva, which help protect
against cavities by rinsing out the mouth.
#4 Green Tea
Green tea contains antioxidants known as catechins that help lower the risk of the
development of gum disease. A recent Japanese study showed that men who drank
a cup of green tea every day lowered their risk of gum disease — the more tea
the lower the risk.
#5 Whole Grains
A study in the American Journal in Clinical Nutrition found a 23 percent reduction in
periodontal disease (gingivitis) among men who ate at least 4 servings of whole grains
This spice contains a natural plant oil known as cinnamic aldehyde shown to destroy
#7 Sugarless Gum
Chewing on sugar-free gum that contains the sugar alcohol xylitol helps reduce tooth
decay and gum disease. It can also help (temporarily) mask odors of bad breath.
#8 Citrus Fruit
Fruits and veggies high in vitamin C (like berries, melons and peppers) help create
an acidic environment that discourages bacteria growth in your mouth. Vitamin C
also helps prevent gingivitis and gum disease — both responsible for smelly breath.
These tart berries help reduce plaque-promoting bacteria, so they don’t start a party
in your mouth. Cherries have been shown to have the same effect.
We’re talking peppermint -- it helps kill bacteria in the mouth that leads to stinky breath
while giving you that fresh and tingly feeling in your mouth.
Have your pearly whites lost their luster because of dingy gray or yellow stains? Stained teeth can occur as we age, but some common foods, drinks, and even mouthwashes can stain teeth. Do-it-yourself remedies can help whiten teeth, and avoiding substances that stain teeth can stop further discoloration. Use these secrets to whiter teeth to restore your bright smile.
Do-It-Yourself Teeth Whitening
You may be able to get rid of superficial stains by yourself. A number of at-home tooth-whitening products -- kits, strips, toothpastes, and rinses-- may lighten stains. There are even some old-fashioned remedies you can try. Tooth-whitening products available on drugstore shelves use mild bleach to brighten yellow teeth. Toothpastes use abrasives and chemicals to remove surface stains. For deep stains, you may need a dentist's help.
A home tooth-whitening kit contains carbamide peroxide, a bleach that can remove both deep and surface stains and actually changes your natural tooth color. If you have coffee-stained teeth, a tooth-bleaching kit can help. With some kits, you apply a peroxide-based gel (with a small brush) to the surface of your teeth. In other kits, the gel is in a tray that molds to the teeth. The tray must be worn daily (for 30 to 45 minutes) for a week or more.
Home Whitening Strips
Tooth-whitening strips will help get rid of tooth stains. These strips are very thin, virtually invisible, and are coated with a peroxide-based whitening gel. You wear them a few minutes daily for a week or more. Results are visible in just a few days, and last at least a year. The results with strips are not as dramatic as with whitening kits, but the strips are easy to use and pretty much foolproof.
Whitening Toothpastes and Rinses
How to get stains off your teeth? Over-the-counter toothpastes, gels, and rinses help remove some surface stains. Many of these products contain mild abrasives, chemicals, or polishing agents. Unlike bleaches, they don't change the natural color of teeth.
Home Remedies for Whiter Teeth
Some people still prefer the age-old home remedy of baking soda and a toothbrush to gently whiten teeth at home. Also, some foods such as celery, apples, pears, and carrots trigger lots of saliva, which helps wash away food debris on your teeth. Chewing sugarless gum is a tooth-cleansing action and also triggers saliva. A bonus from all that saliva: It neutralizes the acid that causes tooth decay. With teeth, more saliva is better all around.
Tooth Whitening and Dental Work
Approach tooth whitening with caution if you have lots of dental veneers, bonding, fillings, crowns, and bridges. Bleach will not lighten these manufactured teeth -- meaning they will stand out among your newly whitened natural teeth. In order to match your whiter teeth, you may need to investigate new dental work, including veneers or bonding.
Preventing Teeth Stains
As we age, the outer layer of tooth enamel wears away. The underlying layer, called dentin, is yellower. That's why it's important to try to avoid staining teeth in the first place, especially after whitening. If you take care with foods and drinks that discolor teeth, the results of whitening may last up to one year. Whitening teeth too often could make them look translucent and blue, so you'll want to maintain your new smile.
To Keep Teeth White, Don't Light Up
Not only is it bad for your health, smoking is one of the worst offenders when it comes to staining teeth. Tobacco causes brown stains that penetrate the grooves and pits of tooth enamel. Tobacco stains can be hard to remove by brushing alone. The longer you smoke, the more entrenched the stains become. Smoking also causes bad breath and gingivitis (gum disease), and increases the risk of most types of cancer.
Foods that Cause Teeth Stains
There's another reason to watch what you eat. Some common foods can discolor teeth. Here's an easy way to tell if a food might be at fault: Anything that can stain a white cotton T-shirt can stain teeth, say dentists. Coffee stains teeth, for example. Other top offenders are beverages such as tea, dark sodas, and fruit juices. These teeth stains develop slowly and become more noticeable as we age.
Think As You Drink
They may be packed with disease-fighting antioxidants, but a glass of red wine, cranberry juice, or grape juice also stains teeth easily. That doesn't mean you should give them up, but remember to rinse your mouth after you drink. These aren't the only teeth-staining foods to be aware of.
More Foods That Stain Teeth
The deep color of these fruits and veggies gives them their nutritional punch. But blueberries, blackberries, and beets leave their color on teeth as well. Eat up for your health, and prevent tooth stains by:
Brushing teeth immediately after eating.
Rinsing your mouth with water.
Sports Drinks Tough on Teeth?
While all sweetened drinks are bad for teeth, some energy and sports drinks may be worse, according to one study in General Dentistry. Researchers found that these drinks -- as well as bottled lemonade -- may erode tooth enamel after long-term use. The result is thin, translucent, discolored teeth. To prevent tooth erosion:
Don't sit and sip these drinks for a long time.
Rinse your mouth with water when you finish drinking.
Medications That Can Stain Teeth
The antibiotic tetracycline causes gray teeth in children whose teeth are still developing. Antibacterial mouthwashes that contain chlorhexidine or cetylpyridinium chloride can also stain teeth. Some antihistamines, antipsychotic drugs, and blood pressure medications cause tooth stains, as can iron and excess fluoride. If bleaching doesn't help, ask your dentist about dental bonding, in which a tooth-colored material is applied to teeth.
Don't Forget Daily Maintenance
One simple strategy can help maintain white teeth: brush. Brush at least twice daily. Even better, brush after every meal and snack. Brushing helps prevent stains and yellow teeth, especially at the gum line. Both electric and sonic toothbrushes may be superior to traditional toothbrushes in removing plaque and surface stains on teeth. Also, don't forget to floss and use an antiseptic mouthwash daily.
Open Wide and Say 'Whiter Teeth!'
See your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleaning. The abrasion and polishing methods dentists use can remove many teeth stains caused by food and tobacco.