In many cases, articles in men’s magazines tend to focus on health and fitness as it relates to weight loss, muscle development and sexual prowess. Other ways to improve your health and fitness are easily forgotten when all of your efforts are spent trying to get that hard stomach or those perfect pecs that everyone longs for. But, it’s very important to remember that there are other parts of your body that also require your attention and care, and oral health is one of those often-neglected areas.
Learning how to take good care of your teeth and gums will improve your health, increase your lifespan, and enhance your sex appeal. After all, how many women do you know that are turned on by a mouthful of stained teeth, bad breath and bleeding gums?
5 Steps to Great Oral Hygiene
Are you someone who has neglected your dental hygiene in the past, but would like to start anew with an excellent oral hygiene plan? It’s not too late to improve your oral health, so here are 5 easy steps you can follow to vastly improve your oral health.
1) Break out the toothbrush after every meal and snack
Brushing your teeth after eating will help remove plaque, food and bacteria from your teeth, the nasty things that attribute to gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss. A good way to maintain this habit is to keep a toothbrush, some floss and a tube of toothpaste in your desk at work. That way, you won’t have to suffer through picking lettuce out of your teeth after lunch, and you will be minty fresh for when you run into that hot girl at the water cooler.
2) Floss at least once each day
A lot of people hate to floss their teeth everyday because it’s messy and doesn’t seem important enough to warrant the time and energy. But flossing is as important as your daily brushings, and you wouldn’t go to work without having brushed your teeth, right? At the end of each day, get out the floss (waxed or unwaxed, flavored or unflavored, depending on your preference) to remove hard to reach food, bacteria and other unwanted gum and teeth pests. Did you know that flossing can help you to improve your overall health?
According to Dr. Michael Roizon in his book RealAge, flossing can increase your lifespan because it helps to keep your arteries healthy by keeping your immune system young. Infections caused by gum disease and poor oral health can result in bacterial-induced inflammation of the arteries. When your arteries are inflamed, your heart has to work harder to pump blood through the body which causes undue stress on your cardiovascular system. So, if you want to keep your heart and immune system healthy and happy, take the time to floss your teeth everyday.
3) Choose the right toothpaste
You might think that all of them are equal, so whatever is cheapest probably ends up in your bathroom, right? While many types of toothpaste are similar, you should try to opt for those types that contain fluoride because they help prevent destructive cavities from forming in your teeth. Another good source of fluoride is drinking water. If your drinking water happens to contain fluoride, then you’re lucky enough to have another source of this important tooth protecting chemical.
4) Eat a balanced diet
One of the best ways to improve your overall health as well as your oral health is to eat a balanced diet that is low on sugar and high on fiber, protein, iron and calcium. If you don’t get enough nutrients and vitamins through your diet, you may be more prone to weaker bones, teeth and a reduced immunity. Plus, a diet that is low on sugar will help prevent the growth of plaque on your teeth, an effective way to prevent and reduce cavities. If you happen to be someone who finds it difficult to resist sugary sweets, be sure to take care of your oral health through other means then, such as brushing and flossing after meals and snacks.
5) Schedule regular dental appointments
When it comes to great oral health, you should think prevention rather than treatment. Just as you would schedule regular check-ups with your family doctor, you should also schedule regular appointments with your dentist. It is recommended that you get your teeth cleaned every 6 months, and with each cleaning, your dentist will examine your mouth for any noticeable problems such as cavities. Going regularly will help you prevent the development of cavities and will keep your teeth and the spaces in between them free of cavities. Plus, when you maintain regular appointments with your dentist, they will become familiar with your teeth and any potential problem areas. You will become comfortable with your dentist and will be able to ask important questions that will help with your oral health.
Too many people don’t take their oral health seriously enough which results in poor oral hygiene, a cause of cavities, bacterial infections and chronic bad breath. Some say that visiting the dentist costs too much money, and while it can be a costly specialized service, it is a necessary one. Find out if your workplace offers any dental benefits, and if not, consider speaking to your boss about it. Modifications can be made to your existing health plan in order to include dental care.
Others avoid the dentist because of an irrational fear of pain, drills and other myths. Will going to the dentist be painful? Cleanings are not painful, at least when they are administered regularly. If you haven’t had a cleaning in 5 years, then it will take your dental hygienist longer to clean your teeth and it may cause some pain as a result, and that’s another reason that you should always maintain regular trips to the dentist.
Be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to your dental health and you will be able to appreciate your teeth for years to come!