Psychologists have discovered that when people smile, they can activate brain centers that signal happiness, even if they didn’t feel particularly happy to begin with. Imagine all the feel-good moments you’ll miss out on if you’re too self conscious about your teeth to smile. Many of us are more concerned with how our smiles look than how healthy our teeth are. About 80 percent of adults have some form of periodontal disease, which often goes untreated. Our gingivitis and periodontal prevention remedies can help you stay healthy and happy.
What effects our tooth health
A tooth has a structure similar to a tootsie pop. As just about anyone knows, a tootsie pop has a hard lollipop outer shell, a soft tootsie roll center, and a supporting stick that extends out from the middle of the pop. A tooth has a hard enamel outer shell, a softer dentin center, and a root canal that extends from the middle of the tooth into the jaw. This root, canal contains nerves and blood vessels that feed the tooth and keep it alive.
Enamel surrounds the exposed part of the tooth, stopping just inside the gum line. Made primarily of calcium, it is the hardest substance in the body, harder even than a bone. But unlike a bone, enamel cannot regenerate. If the outer shell is breached, the inner part of the tooth becomes vulnerable and can erode down to the root. That’s why any cracks or areas of decay need to be filled by a dentist.
Just under the enamel is the dentin, which contains millions of fluid-filled tubules, tiny canals that lead to the extremely sensitive nerve. When the protective enamel wears away, you’ve got trouble. Cavities, cracks, gum recession, tooth grinding, brushing too hard or even eating too many acidic foods can all provide access to the tubules and. consequently a tooth’s nerve center. Hot foods, cold drinks, sugar or even sudden puffs of air can ride the tubules into the core of your tooth. Anyone with tooth sensitivities, knows that it is both uncomfortable and embarrassing, there’s nothing sexy about that pained grimace after a sip of ice water.
If tartar forms at or under the gum line, it can cause the gums (also called gingiva) to become inflamed causing redness, puffiness, and bad breath. This inflammation (or gingivitis) might not sound like a big deal—until you take the long View.
Gingivitis is just the first stage of gum disease. Teeth are embedded in the jaw, held in place by connective tissue and surrounded by your gums. If tartar is not removed, toxins destroy the connective tissue and bacteria can invade the bone around your teeth, creating infection and causing bone loss (a condition known as periodontal disease). If periodontal disease is left untreated, the tooth becomes unanchored, loosens, and eventually falls out.
Gingivitis and periodontal prevention remedies
To have truly healthy teeth free from gingivitis or other periodontal diseases, you’ll need to learn some unpleasant truths about the dynamics of food, plaque, decay, tartar, and gum disease. None of it is pretty except for your teeth, which can shine with just a few changes to your diet and dental routine. For healthy teeth, start with some basic dental hygiene.
Aloe vera gel
Cut and massage the gel from freshly cut aloe vera leaf on the teeth and the gums to help control inflammation, pain andthe plaque. Massage aloe gel three times a day for five minutes and rinse with water. Anti inflammatory and antibacterial properties of aloe vera will help keep you gingivitis and periodontal free.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is an effective remedy to heal diseased swollen gums, stop bleeding and kill infections. After brushing apply some tea tree oil on the gums with cotton swabs and then keep your mouth open for few minutes. Try not to swollow tea tree oil. Also keep your tongue away from tea tree oil to avoid its strong taste. Rinse your mouth thoroughly after five minutes.
Keep tooth enamel shell strong avoid sugary foods
So the first, key to good tooth health is keeping your enamel shell strong. That can be a challenge all by itself. Consider this: Every minute of every day, our teeth are collecting a film of plaque—a combination of naturally occurring mouth bacteria. food sugars, and other substances. Food sugars come not just from the obvious sources—the sugar in candy, soda and other sweets but also from the natural sugars created during the breakdown of fruits, whole grain foods and other carbohydrates. All these sugars feed the bacteria, which in turn, produce acid that leaches calcium salts from enamel and weakens it. The process is called demineralization. As long as the bacteria and sugars remain in your mouth, the acid level will remain high—which is why sticky foods like raisins, jam, or gummy bears can wreak havoc on enamel long after you finish eating.
Brush your teeth three times a day
Once you stop eating a meal and clear food remnants out of your mouth (by say, brushing) acid levels remain high for about 30 minutes or so before your saliva slowly returns everything back to normal. If you sip sugary drinks or snack continuously, your math may remain bathed in acid all day long and if you have dry mouth from low saliva flow, the acid remains higher longer. Plaque remains on the teeth unless you brush or floss it away. If you don’t brush properly, after about 24 hours the soft plaque begins to harden into tartar, which cannot be removed by simple brushing.
Limit hard candies and lollipops
Limit the number of sugary foods (and low-quality carbohydrates) you eat during the day. Dried fruits, crackers, pretzels, cookies, and other foods that get stuck on or between teeth can be particularly devastating to enamel over time. Lollipops and hard candies are also detrimental since they bathe your back teeth in sugars for prolonged periods of time.
Limit number of meals and snacks
Limit your number of “eating episodes” during the day. If you nibble on something every 30 minutes, your mouth will always contain acid, and your enamel will be under constant attack. Of course, eating every few hours is normal and perfectly fine. Brush your teeth after every meal. If you cannot brush at least rinse your mouth with water to remove some food debris. Chewing sugarless gum can also help.
Avoid sugary drinks
Avoid sugary drinks, including sodas, fruit, juices, overly sweetened coffee or tea, and sweetened waters. Many dentists also recommend avoiding sugar free diet beverages because they often contain citric, malic, or phosphoric acids that can be damaging to teeth. If you must drink them, use a straw to bypass your teeth.
Drink natural seltzer water instead of soda
Drink naturally flavored seltzer water instead of soda and sweet beverage. It has no negative effects on your teeth. Although it’s a touch more acidic than regular drinking water because of the added carbonation, the difference is minimal and nothing to be worry about. In fact, seltzer water is about 100 times less damaging to your teeth than regular and diet sodas, which contain acids that erode tooth enamel, making them more susceptible to cavities. Just make sure you choose seltzers that list only two ingredients: carbonated water and natural flavors.
Floss at least, once a day to remove food particles and plaque between teeth. Visit the dentist, at least once a year for a professional cleaning or more frequently if your dentist recommends it. Many dentists recommend twice yearly visits to keep on top of tartar. but, some people who are more susceptible to tooth decay and/or tartar buildup may need to go even more often.
Indian herb and spice turmeric powder has great healing and anti inflammatory properties. It has been used for centuries to cure arthritis and other diseases. It has antiseptic properties and can help eliminate pain and infections of the mouth. Add one tsp of turemric powder to one glass of water and boil it. Let it cool and then rinse your mouth thoroughly for five minutes twice a day to soothe aching gums and heal oral infections like gingivitis and periodontal.
Foods that contribute to healthy smile
Though it may seem like tooth care is all about what not to eat, there are some foods that contribute to a healthy smile.
Calcium and vitamin D
Most people understand that calcium and vitamin D are important for strong bones, but many of us fail to make the connection between our bones and our teeth. Teeth are embedded in the jawbone, so if its bone density falls, your teeth won’t have a firm footing. If periodontal disease nets in, a strong jawbone will be your first defense against tooth loss.
In addition, a calcium-poor diet seems to increase the overall risk of developing periodontal disease. Research has shown that, women who get less than 500 milligrams of calcium per day from their diets have a 54 percent greater risk of periodontal disease. compared with those who get more than 800 milligrams of calcium per day. Calcium cannot be absorbed and used by bone without vitamin D. So it is important to eat, foods rich in both nutrients. Women of all ages who don’t, get enough calcium through diet should consider taking a supplement that contains calcium plus D3 (cholecalciferol, the most potent form of vitamin D).
Best calcium rich foods
Best food for vitamin D
Wild salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring, milk, soy milk, fortified yogurt, egg yolks, vitamin D enhanced mushrooms, these mushrooms are treated with UV light, which dramatically increases their vitamin D content.
Vitamin C is critical for keeping gums healthy because it strengthens blood vessels and the connective tissue that holds your teeth in your jaw. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C also help reduce inflammation, which may help prevent. or slow the progression of gingivitis. In one study, researchers found that people who did not get enough vitamin C in their diets had about a 20 percent, greater risk of developing periodontal disease than people who ate plenty of vitamin rich produce.
Vitaminc C rich foods
guava, bell peppers, oranges and orange juice, grapefruit and grapefruit juice, strawberries, pineapple, kohlrabi, papaya, lemons and lemon juice, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, kidney beans, kiwi fruit, cantaloupe. cauliflower, cabbage (all varieties), mangoes, white potatoes, mustard greens, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, snow peas, clementines, rutabagas, turnip greens, raspberries, blackberries, watermelon, tangerines, okra, lychees, summer squash, persimmons
Water and green tea
Water not, only helps wash away food debris that, can get- trapped in teeth, it, also helps keep saliva levels high. Saliva is your body’s best defense against tooth decay because its proteins and minerals counteract enamel-eating acids. keeping your teeth strong. That’s why people with dry mouth, no matter what the cause, need to see the dentist more frequently than others. If you have dry mouth, hard candies can be disastrous! chew sugarless gum instead. Saliva is more than 95 percent water, so stay hydrated throughout the day to keep its flow constant.
INFLAMMATION AND HEART DISEASE
Many dentists are finding themselves in a position to save lives, thanks to research that has linked periodontal disease with an increased risk of heart disease. What do the two have in common? In a single word, inflammation.
When there is an infection or disease in the gums, the body’s immune response increases levels of inflammatory chemicals designed to fight the problem. But these chemicals don’t stay just in the mouth—they circulate throughout the body. Inflammatory chemicals can cause collateral damage—and the delicate lining of blood vessels is often in the line of fire. Over time, this can lead to atherosclerosis, blood clots, and heart disease.
Although no one knows exactly which comes first, the mouth inflammation or the heart disease, the link is clear. A 2006 study of middle aged men in Northern Ireland showed that those with periodontal disease had a risk at heart disease three times higher than that of men with healthy gums. If your dentist tells you that your gums are in trouble, see your primary care physician for a full workup It just might save your life.