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Your Oral Health is Saving Your Life

Medically reviewed by Dr Minoo Ghamari  / Nov 11, 2018  
Medically reviewed by Dr Minoo Ghamari  
Nov 11, 2018  

Oral Health

5 Quick oral health tips will help you need the dentist less frequent in your life

How often do we all need to see a dentist? The less the better right? we still need to have regular check ups done but we all wish we never actually need to see the dentist right?

1. Floss before brushing your teeth:

You need to floss first to get all the food particles out of in between your teeth then brush to let the toothpaste run around and clean everything, in between teeth is the biggest trap for food and bacteria. all the huge decays (cavities ) start in between the teeth because that is the perfect food trap. Food particles can stay in between your teeth for days if you don't floss and they will be food for bacteria to grow and cause cavities, so floss every night before you brush! Read about how to floss.

2. Brush at night is much more important than brushing in the morning.

There is a funny quote that's says : brush at night for your sake brush in the morning for your friend's sake.

It could not be more true. When you sleep there is less saliva production in your mouth, saliva is a defence factor of your teeth so less saliva means less immunity toward bacteria and increased possibility of decay. Brushing before bedtime is ten times more Important than brushing in the morning

3. Do not use mouth rinse in conjugation with brushing your teeth.

There is an ingredient in toothpaste that cancels the effect of mouthwash so thee is no point in brushing and using a mouthwash at the same time. Floss and brush at night, use the mouthwash during the day.

4. Check your mouthwash for Chlorhexidine

Mouthwash with Chlorhexidine can cause teeth yellowness after being used for more than 2 weeks. Chlorhexidine in a mouthwash is very disinfectant  so if you have gum disease and your dentist prescribed it for you, do not worry it is for your gum's health but do not use it for more than two weeks at the time.

5. Professional teeth cleaning every six months

Other healthIf you are one of those people who thinks once a year or once every two years Teeth cleaning is enough you are wrong and at the risk of losing your teeth early in life. the amount of tartar can get double every month. This means if you get rid of the tartar in the 5th month there is half the amount there will be compare to the 6th month, which is equal to gum health, keeping your own teeth for life and nicer breath - Read about causes of bad breath Here.

You’ve heard it before, poor dental hygiene isn’t something you want to practice. So what happens when you decide to save some time and not focus on your oral health?

Unfortunately, not looking after your gums, teeth and mouth can become a serious problem. We’re not just talking about a root canal or an extraction. Other health issues that could affect your overall health.

We just want to remind everyone that your mouth has a lot of bacteria and we mean a lot, over 600 strains to give you an idea. If left alone, that bacteria gets absorbed by the bloodstream and makes its way to other parts of your body.

Let’s discuss some health concerns associated with a lack of brushing, flossing or getting your teeth teeth cleaning and scaling at the dentist .

Firstly, we’ll state the obvious. Money. Although it's not considered a health concern, financial stress can still affect our overall health.
If you maintain good oral health hygiene, and see your dentist for routine check ups, believe it or not, this is a great preventative to spending loads more money  in the end with costly procedures to save your teeth and gums.

Periodontal disease is a pretty serious condition that can affect both your gums and breakdown your jawbone. Although it is treatable, this disease has been linked to a few other health concerns such as endocarditis which is a cardiovascular disease.
This bacteria can attach itself to plaque in your arteries and cause inflammation hence causing problems with your heart.

Dementia has been linked to people who do not regularly look after their teeth. Studies show that roughly 65 percent of people who were diagnosed with dementia had bad oral health hygiene.

Pregnancy and Oral health

This next health concern is for all the pregnant mums out there. Did you know that if you’re expecting and you don’t brush and floss regularly, you could have a  premature birth?
Studies show that bacteria and inflammation in your mouth can surround themselves to your placenta by entering the bloodstream. Is this because of the oral health problem! Please read on.

A lack of brushing can also cause pneumonia. How you ask? When you have that much bacteria in your mouth and do nothing about it, you start to inhale these into your lungs which can cause pneumonia among other problems. Oral health should be taken seriously.
A hospital study showed that patients which increased their oral health lowered their chances of getting pneumonia by a whopping 40 percent!

In addition to the above health problems, a lack of oral health care can increase blood pressure, lead to chronic kidney disease and can increase your risk of getting a form of cancer.

Pregnancy affects every aspect of your life, your diet, your life-style, your health and much more! During pregnancy, you need to pay special attention to your oral health not only for your own sake but also for your growing baby.

You are going to be more prone to dental problems!

One of the main concerns with expecting mothers is pregnancy gingivitis. Around 40% of pregnant women would have gum disease or gingivitis. Due to raised level of hormones during pregnancy, you will be more prone to dental issues, plaque accumulation and bleeding or swelling gum. Some studies have related expecting mothers with gum disease to lower birth weights or premature delivery.

You might find a lump around the gum line near your teeth on the gum, this can happen in 5% of pregnancies, these lumps are called Pregnancy tumour and unlike how their name sounds they are completely harmless and will go away after you give birth. These lumps are not cancerous and can be easily removed by your dentist. No pregnant mother can afford to ignore oral health.

Morning sickness and it's effect on your oral health:

pregnant women usually experience sensitive gag reflex and vomiting. Even brushing and flossing can cause vomiting sometimes. Stomach acid is very strong and can damage and erode teeth which will cause decay and sensitivity eventually. To neutralize the acidity after vomiting we recommend rinsing your mouth with a tablespoon of baking soda mixed with water.

How to Protect your teeth during pregnancy?

After realizing you are pregnant one of your fist stops should be the dentist’s office. If you are planning to have a baby have a chat and examination with your dentist so you can fix any dental issues before conceiving. Any dental issue or oral health will get worse during pregnancy and better to be treated before you are carrying a baby, not to put you or your foetus in un-necessary stress.

During pregnancy having your routine dental cleaning and scaling is a must, and there is no harm in it. You need to brush twice a day and floss before you brush daily to prevent pregnancy induced gingivitis from getting worse.

Your diet is one of the most important things during pregnancy. Between third and sixth month of pregnancy your baby's teeth will start developing. You need to have a diet full of vitamins A, C and D, protein, calcium and phosphorous to make sure your baby's teeth, gum and bone develops perfectly.

Pregnancy can bring with it a lot of changes and responsibility, but we want our patients to know that here at Gorgeous Smiles we are here for you. We want to make sure that your dental health is taken care of so you can focus on preparing for your little one to come. So whether you’re planning on becoming pregnant or already are, we’d love to see you at Gorgeous Smiles and help you throughout the way!

*Top image by Flickr user Phalinn Ooi used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified dentist in Melbourne with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Now that we’ve scared ourselves writing this,  would be a good time to start practicing good oral hygiene as of today! Brush regularly, floss, see your dentist in Melbourne CBD and remind yourself that a lack of this can lead far beyond cavities and stained/yellow teeth. We must think of the bigger picture and remember prevention is the key!

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Author Minoo GhamariAuthor: Dr Minoo Ghamari

Gorgeous Smiles Dental Principal Dentist

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