Dental hygiene can die a death-by-monotony as the consumer is tired of the same mantra of brush, floss, avoid sweets again and again. Read the tips for some fresh ways to freshen your oral health.
Don’t keep your teeth “too” clean
We’ll begin with a real shocker – many patients are surprised to hear their dentist tell them to stop keeping their mouths so clean!
Oral bacteria play an important role in your health by helping to maintain balance and stave off infection. Hyper-cleaning your palate with hydrogen peroxide mouthwash, for instance, is a bad idea despite the temporary gleaming-white-smile effect. Hydrogen peroxide not only eliminates too many bacteria at once, it is toxic for the vital cells on the inside of your teeth.
Limit the Phytic Acid in Your Diet
When we think of foods that are bad for our teeth, we think of candy corn, chocolate bars and navel oranges. But a stealthy killer, Phytic acid, is lurking in otherwise innocuous health foods such as grains, nuts and legumes.
Phytic acid reduces the body’s capacity to store phosphorus, a key mineral in oral health, in addition to making other important nutrients less bio-available. If you’re on a high-protein or vegetarian diet, ask your dentist to suggest some alternative products that won’t hurt your teeth.
Use Coconut Oil – Cautiously!
Coconut oil is a powerful and digestible cleansing agent for your teeth and gums. However, experts disagree on the merits of “oil pulling,” or swishing concentrated cupfuls of the stuff around in your mouth for minutes at a time. It sounds yucky, anyway!
A more gentle way of inviting the benefits of coconut oil is to blend it with a dessert drink, or emulsifying it in coffee.
Future Research Possibilities
Peptides are amino-acid chains that can aid overall health and oral health by stimulating the body’s natural processes. GHRP-2 is a research peptide that promotes the body’s own natural production of growth hormone. Scientific studies on animal research subjects have shown reductions in fat and improvements in calcium ion influx, a crucial biological process for oral health. GHRP-2 is not approved for human consumption by the FDA.
Find Your Comfort Zone
There are 2 types of dentists – the guilt-trippers who never think you brush enough, never think you floss enough, and generally imply that you’re an irresponsible person, and those who are more understanding – judging patients on a scale of basic oral-hygiene discipline and not demanding perfection.
Don’t feel like flossing? Don’t worry about it. Recent studies show that flossing’s benefits may be overrated, anyway. Stay the course. Keep brushing as often as you do and rinse twice more a day, or vice versa. Drink water after a dessert, invest in a high-quality toothpaste. You’re doing great as long as you keep your teeth in mind.