The Fast Metabolism Diet Community blog has been on a dental kick lately. It’s not as terrible as it sounds! Hear us out: did you know that, according to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, 78% of Americans have had at least 1 cavity by age 17?
That’s a lot of cavities that likely don’t get addressed annually.
But how does this relate to your diet? Well, firstly, you won’t be able to eat properly if your teeth are constantly hurting. Poor Oral Hygiene can lead to complications like infected or swollen gums, impacted teeth, and severe cavities that may require tooth removal or mouth surgery. Yikes!
We should always brush our teeth after every meal, or at least twice a day if it can’t be helped. Not only will it keep our Oral hygiene in tiptop shape, it’ll keep our breaths minty fresh – which is a self-esteem boost when we’re with people we love and enjoy hanging out with.
That being said, brushing our teeth can only do so much if the equipment we’re personally using isn’t quite suited for us. Here are some points to take note of when it comes to our oral hygiene equipment.
FIND THE RIGHT MOUTH FIT (FOR YOUR TOOTHBRUSH)
Sometimes you get bad oral hygiene from not brushing your teeth regularly – but sometimes, bad oral hygiene is simply a case of using the wrong Toothbrush for you.
When it comes to toothbrushes, most people stop at “it has bristles, a handle, and isn’t expensive.” Now, while we won’t contest that third part, the first two should be revisited.
Depending on how sensitive your gums are, your toothbrush may be causing some damage that you’re not aware of. According to the Mayo Clinic, we should be picking toothbrushes with soft bristles, especially if we’re shopping for first-time users like young children. Soft bristles are gentler on the gums, whereas toothbrushes with harder bristles may cause micro-abrasions on the gums and inner lining of the cheeks that could lead to infections or mouth bruises.
Similarly, choose a toothbrush with a shape and grip that best suits you. If you have a small mouth, wide-headed toothbrushes may not be able to reach your molars (back teeth) effectively, while people with wider mouths may find themselves brushing for much longer than they normally would with smaller toothbrushes. Use a toothbrush that feels “right” for you.
KEEP YOUR EQUIPMENT CLEAN (AND DRY)
Moisture provides a thriving breeding ground for bacteria and other germs, so always make sure your toothbrushes are stored in a clean and dry space.
After using your toothbrush, be sure to rinse it thoroughly so that no toothpaste residue remains. Let it air-dry in an upright position before storing it away in a medicine cabinet or toothbrush holder. Keep your toothbrush separate from others as well, if possible – use separate holders for each toothbrush, or at least use a holder with enough space for toothbrush heads not to touch.
Avoid storing your oral hygiene equipment in closed containers, or covering them with caps, as these can encourage bacterial growth, as well as mold and yeast.
REPLACE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH REGULARLY (AND OFTEN)
Finally, know when to replace your toothbrush. Whether it’s the usual disposable toothbrush or a battery-operated one with a replaceable head, always change your toothbrush every three months – even if they look mostly okay. Your toothbrushes are constantly in contact with a lot of bacteria in your mouth, and if you keep using them for months on end, you’re just adding more to the ecosystem in your mouth than helping it stay balanced.
With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping many of us stuck at home or otherwise occupied with more serious concerns, it’s important that we take care of our health and pay attention to the details of doing so.
Let’s keep our oral hygiene healthy while we’re quarantined. Stay home and stay safe!
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