Oral Health

The Importance of Dental Hygiene

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Dental hygiene is not just a cosmetic necessity. A regular and effective brushing and flossing routine is very important for maintaining overall health and well-being. Good and strong teeth and gums, a fresh breath is not just essential for a beautiful smile but also very significant in improving total body health.

How is dental hygiene important for promoting overall health?

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  • The teeth are the first necessary tools required for an effective digestion. Only if the teeth are strong, can they effectively chew and properly break down food particles, which is vital for proper digestion.
  • The saliva produced in the mouth is a very effective defence against disease causing bacteria and microbes. The saliva is a repository of antibodies. A good oral hygiene routine is necessary to help the mouth produce saliva that can effectively protect the body against bacterial infections.
  • A good dental hygiene routine helps your teeth to function properly and is necessary for long-lasting strong teeth.
  • When you don’t follow a proper dental care routine, your teeth cannot function properly because of cavities, decay, gingivitis, bleeding gums and toothache. When there is toothache, people find it difficult to eat nutritious foods that nourish the body. Therefore, this could lead to overall health problems.
  • When chewing cannot be done properly, it may lead to digestion problems and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Lack of proper oral hygiene in diabetics may lead to gum disease where the sugar levels become difficult to control because of insulin resistance.
  • Poor dental hygiene ma increase the risk of preterm birth and consequently low-weight babies.
  • Scientific studies reveal that people with poor dental hygiene may develop heart problems and other risks.

So, the significance of dental hygiene in promoting overall health cannot be underestimated.

What is a good dental hygiene routine?

A good dental care routine is essential to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy.

A good routine should comprise of the following techniques:

  • Brush twice a day with a dentist recommended fluoride toothpaste. The toothbrush should have soft bristles and the size and shape should effectively clean all parts of your mouth.
  • Flossing is very important and should be done once a day. Check out some non-intrusive flossing options, such as water flossers by Dental Dorks.
  • A dentist-recommended mouthwash is useful in killing germs.
  • Periodic check-ups with your family dentist is highly recommended.

Dental hygiene awareness should start from a young age. It is not only important for a beautiful smile, but also improves your overall well-being by reducing the risks of certain diseases.

 

Manuka Honey For Better Oral Health

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The recent trend of “superfoods” has introduced manuka honey as such. Together with kale, quinoa, spirulina, goji berries and much more, honey has been attributed a well-deserved super-food title.

Honey as a natural gum disease remedy

It may sound a bit weird at first. How can a sugary product be good for our teeth and gums? Dentists and dental hygienists have always advised us to keep away from excessive sweet stuff in order to achieve good oral health. And here am I now, telling you that honey can help defeat gingivitis.

However, if you know that manuka honey has high antibacterial properties, you would take this blog post seriously. The reason I bring up manuka, is because not all honey products are the same or have the same healing capabilities. Even though they are produced in the same natural way, different bushes and flower yield out different types of honey.

All honey contains some degree of antibacterial properties. But, not all honeys are equal. The difference between manuka honey and regular raw honey is a hundred fold.

Research has shown that all honeys contain hydrogen peroxide which is produced by a special enzyme. This enzyme is believed to be the key to the strong antimicrobial properties that honey has.

When it comes to dental health, honey can reduce plaque by considerable amounts. It can also reduce the amount of acid that is being produced. This stops already existing destructive bacteria from producing dextran. This type of bacteria is most often found on top of the teeth and is responsive for the formation of plaque, gingivitis and general tooth decay.

Studies have shown that chewing honey can be extremely helpful to preventing dental diseases. Manuka honey chewing sticks can be just as effective as brushing when it comes to removing plaque. They cannot compare to flossing, because the sticks are not thin enough to go between the teeth. However, chewing honey can easily replace traditional dental remedies that are used to remove plaque and lower the possibility of gingivitis.

In India, a study compared the reduction of plaque using manuka honey, a mouthwash with Chlorhexidine gluconate and a chewing gum with xylitol. The results concluded that the honey derived from the manuka bush reduced plaque formation better.

For now, there is no convenient way of using manuka honey for dental purposes. There are toothpastes that contain a certain level of bee propolis, but it is not the same. Scientists are working on creating a mouthwash that has manuka in it.

In the meantime, if you are curious to see how it works, you can always rub your gums with some manuka honey.