Den­tal Care

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How a tooth­brush can keep you healthy

Poor den­tal habits can have a sur­pris­ing rip­ple ef­fect through­out your body. Here’s how a TOOTH­BRUSH, SOME flOSS AND LIT­TLE EX­TRA SINK time could help pre­vent di­a­betes, can­cer, heart DIS­EASE AND MORE (PLUS KEEP YOUR TEETH AND gums healthy for life).

Sharper Brain

Peo­ple with se­vere pe­ri­odon­tal dis­ease were three times more likely to have Alzheimer’s dis­ease, ac­cord­ing to a sta­tis­ti­cal re­view. In an­other study, stroke pa­tients had higher lev­els of cer­tain bac­te­ria in their saliva, demon­strat­ing a link be­tween oral hy­giene and stroke risk.

Clearer Lungs

If you find your­self headed to the hos­pi­tal, bring your tooth­brush. A re­cent study found that pro­vid­ing pa­tients with oral care de­creased in­stances of hos­pi­tal-re­lated pneu­mo­nia by 39%.

Lower Can­cer Risk

Post­menopausal women who’ve ex­pe­ri­enced pe­ri­odon­tal dis­ease are at in­creased risk for breast, esophageal, gall­blad­der, skin and lung can­cers, ac­cord­ing to a 2017 study.

Health­ier Kid­neys

The cor­re­la­tion be­tween poor pe­ri­odon­tal health and ath­er­o­scle­ro­sis has been well estab­lished for a few decades now. Ath­er­o­scle­ro­sis can be the root of a bunch of health prob­lems you want noth­ing to do with, like chronic kid­ney dis­ease.

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Fat­ter Wal­let

Ev­ery time you brush and floss, it’s like adding to your wal­let. Athome tooth care can help avoid a large chunk of den­tal care treat­ments at a later stage in life.

Stronger Heart

En­do­cardi­tis is an in­fec­tion or in­flam­ma­tion of the in­ner lin­ing of the heart cham­bers and valves, caused by germs in­vad­ing the blood­stream. While fairly un­com­mon, it can be fa­tal. Poor den­tal hy­giene and un­healthy teeth and gums in­crease your risk for the in­fec­tion.

Lower Blood Su­gar

Peo­ple with di­a­betes and pe­ri­odon­tal dis­ease may have a harder time con­trol­ling their blood glu­cose lev­els, ac­cord­ing to some stud­ies. Let your den­tist know if you have di­a­betes, and if you wear den­tures, make sure they fit prop­erly.

Life­long Sex

Men suf­fer­ing from erec­tile dys­func­tion were three times more likely to have been di­ag­nosed with chronic pe­ri­odon­tal dis­ease, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­view. Chronic in­flam­ma­tion can dam­age the lin­ing of blood ves­sels, in­clud­ing those in the pe­nis.

BeSt GeaR FoR tootH CaRe What the ex­perts rec­om­mend for healthy teeth…

Whiten­ing Prod­ucts

Tooth­paste that con­tains hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide can whiten teeth over time. Whiten­ing strips ap­ply a thin layer of a per­ox­ide­based gel that also has a whiten­ing ef­fect over time. Some mouth-washes also in­clude hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide; a 2013 study found that us­ing them for 12 weeks achieved re­sults sim­i­lar to two weeks of us­ing a whiten­ing gel. Speak with your den­tist

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be­fore start­ing a whiten­ing pro­gramme at home. Bak­ing soda also has been proven ef­fec­tive in re­mov­ing stains.

Man­ual tooth­brush

Three months is the max­i­mum life of a tooth­brush. The most im­por­tant as­pect of the per­fect tooth­brush; soft or ex­tra soft bris­tles. Medium and hard bris­tles can be too abra­sive and hurt the gums, and won’t re­move plaque as well as a softer bris­tle. And choose a brush with mul­ti­level or an­gled bris­tles. A re­view found those shapes sub­stan­tially out­per­formed flat-trimmed bris­tles for over­all plaque re­moval.

elec­tric tooth­brush

A re­view of clin­i­cal stud­ies by the Cochrane Oral Health Group shows that over the long haul, elec­tric tooth­brushes re­duce plaque 21% more ef­fec­tively than man­ual brushes. Look for a pow­ered brush with a round, os­cil­lat­ing head. One study found that it pro­duced sig­nif­i­cantly greater re­duc­tions in both gin­givi­tis and plaque com­pared to one with a vi­brat­ing head. And look for a brush that fea­tures both a two-minute timer and a pres­sure in­di­ca­tor.


If you’re look­ing for an an­timi­cro­bial mouth­wash to help counter bad breath, look for ac­tive in­gre­di­ents like chlorhex­i­dine, chlo­rine diox­ide and cetylpyri­dinium chlo­ride, and es­sen­tial oils like eu­ca­lyp­tol, men­thol, thy­mol and methyl sal­i­cy­late. To fight plaque and gin­givi­tis, keep an eye out for the ac­tive in­gre­di­ents cetylpyri­dinium chlo­ride and chlorhex­i­dine. Added flu­o­ride will give you ex­tra am­mu­ni­tion for fight­ing cav­i­ties.


If you’re deal­ing with gin­givi­tis and bleed­ing gums, look for a tooth­paste with stan­nous flu­o­ride. If sen­si­tive teeth are your prob­lem, stud­ies have shown that in­cor­po­rat­ing tooth­paste or mouth­wash that con­tains potas­sium ni­trate into your rou­tine can sig­nif­i­cantly de­crease sen­si­tiv­ity.


In ad­di­tion to adding more plas­tic into the en­vi­ron­ment, those lit­tle floss sticks don’t wrap around teeth as well as the tra­di­tional floss you roll around your fin­ger. The best type of floss to use is a thicker, more rigid floss rather than a slick, thin floss. Thin­ner floss may be eas­ier to slip be­tween teeth, but it does not grab hold of the sticky plaque and food de­bris like a thicker floss will.

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