EXPRESS NAIJA HEALTH SATURDAY: Let’s Talk About BAD BREATH!

Posted: April 18, 2015 in Health

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To be honest, there are times you are very tired to wash your mouth in the morning, or you wake up late and you hastily leave your home and spend less time for mouth grooming. This we all are guilty of because I don’t think I have seen anyone who’d say in 365days, he/she brushed all those days.

I mean, it is said that the first thing one sees when you meet people is their smiles, but what comes after a smile? A word- Hello or Hi. Imagine the person you are conversing with has stinking breath? Or yourself in that situation, how embarrassing!

Now here is the deal, bad breath can be caused by a couple of underlying things that we actually neglect. And these things, you need to know, the basis of this discuss. You should read up!

It’s often hard to avoid tantalizing your sweet tooth! And while you might fret about your waistline, your dentist is more worried about your smile…and not just because of cavities.

The mouth can reveal a lot about a person, their overall health, their nutrition.

Poor oral health can affect your ability to chew and digest food properly…and that can keep your body from getting the very nutrients it needs to keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy. The problem starts with plaque, a sticky colorless film of bacteria.

If plaque is not removed from the teeth every day by brushing and flossing, it will thicken and harden into tartar. A buildup of tartar then inflames the gums, potentially causing them to bleed. Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis, a form of early periodontal disease.

Almost half of American adults have some form of periodontal disease—many don’t even know it. Yet if left unchecked it could lead to receding gums and gum pockets, bone deterioration, and finally, tooth loss. In fact, periodontitis,

the most severe form of gum disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

Certain diseases, like cancer and diabetes, can raise one’s risk for periodontal disease. As can hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Women should work carefully with their dentist during these times to keep their sensitive gums healthy. Studies have also suggested gum disease might be a risk factor for premature, low-birth-weight babies, diabetes, heart disease and a host of other conditions.

However, more recent studies have cast doubt on some of those connections and more research is underway. The good news is that gum disease is easily prevented. Get regular dental checkups and a professional cleaning at least twice a year, and brush your teeth twice a day…carefully…with a fluoride toothpaste for a full two minutes. And don’t forget flossing! It’s once a day, at least 5 days a week.

Change your toothbrush often, at least every three months, and whatever you do, don’t share! Periodontal disease can spread through direct contact. And if you smoke, stop. The CDC says smokers have 4 times the risk of developing gum disease than non-smokers.

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