When it comes to personal grooming, certain things withstand a little neglect better than others. You can get away with dark roots and chipped polish for a while, but slacking on oral hygiene? Not so much. Bad breath and icky teeth are just plain nasty! The state of your teeth and gums has a powerful impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Not sure how they’re connected? Here’s a bit of food for thought.
Stay strong, stay healthy Strong teeth and healthy gums offer protection against heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, respiratory illness and painful abscesses. Experts believe there may also be links between chronic untreated gum disease and type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
What?! Why? Harmful bacteria can enter the bloodstream through inflamed or infected gums. This sets off a chain reaction in the body, causing havoc. The bacteria can attach to the inner lining of blood vessels and cause clots, restrict blood flow and prevent oxygen and essential nutrients from doing their job.
Prevention – you have this in the bag! With good dental hygiene, gum disease is almost entirely preventable. Mild gum disease, known as gingivitis, is your early warning sign to up the TLC. It’s treatable and reversible but, left unchecked, can progress to become a more serious condition called periodontitis. Hint: no good can come of this.
Try this Whiten teeth naturally by ‘pulling’ coconut oil between your teeth. Place a few tablespoons of unrefined coconut oil in your mouth. (If solid it will quickly liquify.) Draw it back and forth between your teeth for 10 to 20 minutes. Done regularly, it works to promote white teeth and super-fresh breath.