Now that Halloween has passed and you’re left with more candy than you can handle, it’s important to brush up on that smile – pun intended.  Improving your oral hygiene can have positive effects on your overall health and wellbeing.  Read on to learn about improving your oral health!

One way to improve your oral health is by having a well-balanced diet.  Eating fruits such as apples and pears can strengthen your teeth and gums while also fighting off the bacteria that cause plaque and bad breath Stay away from refined sugary snacks and drinks that can lead to cavities and tooth decay.  A diet high in fresh fruit and low in refined sugars also reduces your risk of obesity and other chronic health conditions.

Scientists have also found a connection between mouth and body.  Good oral health can improve your self-esteem, lower your risk of heart disease, prevent memory loss, and reduce the risk of infection and inflammation in the body.

Did You Know?

  • Bacteria in the form of plaque can cause cavities and gingivitis.
  • The average person should brush 6 minutes a day – 2 minutes after each meal.
  • Flossing once a day removes plaque between teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach

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Oil Pulling

  • Oil pulling is done by swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • The oil acts as a cleanser and removes bacteria and other debris that hide in your mouth.
  • Benefits include whiter teeth, healthier gums, and fresher breath.
  • Oil pulling can also stimulate the lymphatic system and remove toxins from other organs.

Good ol’ mouthwash can also improve oral health and leave you with a brighter smile!

 

Sources: Harvard University, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health, LifeWork Strategies EAP, and Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.