I recently attended a continuing education workshop where we discussed all manner of things healthy. I learned a couple of new things about dental health and total health that I didn’t know and thought I’d share because there is a strong mirror of similarity between overall health and dental health. I also found an inexpensive remedy that solves for a lot of mouth care problems that I’ll also share here.
A healthy mouth’s saliva generally comes in around 6.8 on the ph scale…that’s slightly acid. 7.0 is considered alkaline and a lemon is about 2.4 (very acidic) on the same scale, for reference. Saliva that starts to drift toward the more acidic range can damage teeth over time by essentially wearing them down (and causing cavities).
Fixing that overacid condition is pretty easy–diet makes a huge difference. Too much protein and too much processed food contribute to overacidity, and getting your food right can go a long way to solving for decay if you are afflicted. Same principles apply to children.
Further, diseases of all kinds LOVE an acidic body where they can thrive and wreak havoc on all your systems, so getting your balance in check can have far reaching benefits beyond a pretty smile.
As for your gums, the research on the link between gum health and heart health is fairly well documented. If your gums are unhealthy, you are at risk for heart disease, and who wants that? Having a sound overall plan for your health is great, but we also recently found this really nifty solution for the problem of “when flossing is not enough.” You know who are are because your dentist has told you. Mine recently recommended a $129 water flosser that I am sure that works great, but I hate clutter in my bathroom so the idea of adding an appliance just crushed me. I decided to not buy it and did some research on my own. Amazon was to the rescue again, and for less than $25 I now own the ShowerBreeze that will remove anything from anywhere in my mouth without any clutter whatsoever.
We’ve been using this thing for a week, and I am thrilled to report that it’s fantastic! It keeps all the mess of dental hygiene combined with pressurized shooting streams of water nicely contained in the shower, and there is no motor to break or wear out like on the appliance version of these. Outstanding! I’ve added these to my Amazon store so you can check them out too at this link.
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