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Author: Harriet Nava

5 unlikely ways to boost your oral health

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.

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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.

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Ways to Vape and Keep a Healthy Mouth

Doctors and dentists agree that vaping is much less unhealthy for your mouth (and body), but it still comes with oral health challenges. Take these steps to save the day even when vaping away.

Be Mindful of Allergy Symptoms

Some people new to vaping experience a mild burning sensation in their tongues, which soon goes away. But others find themselves experiencing cold sores, raw gums and a general oral nightmare.

Most likely, they have an allergy to PG, or propylene glycol, a major ingredient in most vaping oils. Thankfully, an alternative exists in VG, or Vegetable Glycerin-based oil. If you experience sores and oral discomfort, ask about VG-only oil at your vaping counter.

Careful of Long-Term Nicotine Effects

Users of nicotine often assume that only tobacco smoke, with its chemicals and cancer-inducing properties, is the only danger of commercial cigarettes. However, the nicotine in vape oil can have an eventual effect on your health – even your oral health.

Studies show that nicotine intake can lead to increase teeth-grinding and bad breath, even if cigarettes are out of the equation. Nicotine can even hamper a diagnosis by hiding evidence of gum disease. So vape in moderation, and ask your merchant about decreasing the nicotine level in your oil.

Dry Mouth Warning!

Vape exhaust in your mouth can cause marked dryness, also leading to breath issues and general discomfort. Thankfully, a community of vapers is out there with helpful advice! Some of the time honored remedies are obvious, such as drinking lots of water.

Other remedies are not as obvious, like eating radishes, tomatoes and celery – fruits and vegetables that are about 95% water. It is also a good idea to avoid excess caffeine.

The sugary flavoring in vape oil is like a log on a fire – if you’re having an active day, great. If not, it can weigh things down a little bit.

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Future Research Possibilities

Scientific research studies have shown an overall energy boost with peptides.  Peptides are biologically occurring chains of amino acids, specifically sequenced for biologic activity. Scientific studies on animal research subjects have shown significant results in fat burning, muscle growth, and oral health. Peptides are not yet approved for human consumption by the FDA.

Ignore the Scare Tactics

For various reasons, exaggerated health-scare claims about vaping have been prevalent since the alternative to smoking came into public focus. Ignore the rabble!

If you are a former smoker, experts agree that your new habit is a marvelously healthier – even life-saving – choice. Indulge responsibly and keep making positive changes in your lifestyle.

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Tips For Recovering From Mouth Injuries

For the active adventurer or workout junkie, an oral injury can be maddening. You have the energy to be as active as usual – nothing is necessarily wrong with your body, but the pain of injury and inconvenience of dental visits can drag down your activity level.

Take these steps to speed your recovery and get back to smiling (painlessly) at gym pals and passers-by.

Follow Instructions With Antibiotics

Dentists can prescribe antibiotics for a number of infections and bacterial build-ups, even tartar control. However, strong antibiotic capsules are too often used as if they were pain pills – kept on the shelf unless the oral ache flares up.

That’s the wrong way to use antibiotics! Doctors prescribe a robust, temporary intake of a scheduled amount of those infection-killers for a reason. Because nature is always finding new ways to give people tolerance to antibiotics, tinkering with your required dosage schedule is a bad move. Take dosages on schedule, knock out the infection and begin your process of recovery.

Take the Pain – But Don’t Go Insane

There are many topical, oral analgesics for light tooth or gum pain. But studies show that these agents are limited in the relief they can provide, and overuse can cause nasty side effects.

For deeper, consistent pain such as the discomfort after removal of a wisdom tooth, your dentist may provide Vicodin or another painkiller. It is important to remember that the less of a strong pain drug you take, the better.

Not only will popping more pills eventually give you a tolerance to, and even risk of dependence on, the pain drug, it will also extend your recovery period and lessen your energy and stamina. Ignore the minor soreness and only relieve the pain artificially when you truly need to. Your body, and your lonely friends at the track will thank you later.

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Smarts After Losing Wisdom

Sticking with wisdom teeth, dentists seem to love pulling them – they’re not the ones who have to recover after the painful surgery. Time-honored home treatments during the recovery period include eating exclusively soft food, abstaining from smoking tobacco, using an ice pack and rinsing your mouth with salt water every day.

Future Research Possibilities

Have you been down with a toothache, and need a boost to get back to your gym routine? The research peptide Melanotan 2 has been shown to increase metabolism and energy levels.

Scientific studies on animal research subjects have shown that Melanotan 2 may be helpful in aiding muscle-mass retention and oxygen intake. It is not currently approved by the FDA. You can learn more at this site.

Looking Ahead

Oral health is associated mostly with cleanliness – brush your teeth, avoid cavities, don’t smoke cigarettes, and so on. But strength and nutrient enrichment are equally important. Upon healing, make it a point to baby your teeth and gums, namely with an oral-friendly diet that provides calcium, Vitamin C and Folic acid, which studies show can treat gum disease in pregnant women. Accept congrats for a successful recovery, and stay out of the dentist’s chair.

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