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Challenge of the Week: Brush Teeth At Least Twice Day
One of the very first things that any of us learn and what we teach our children is to brush our teeth. When it comes to brushing teeth, we often think it is a one-time deal for the mornings, which helps brush away some of the bacteria from us not opening our mouths all night when we sleep. What we don’t realize is that throughout the day, our mouths are between closed half the time to eating plenty of food, and then we go to bed, without ever thinking to brush twice.
Make sure that you and your children know how to brush properly, brushing the top, the bottom, the sides, the back, and the underside of the teeth. Many times, we may be in a rush or never learned to brush certain areas, and therefore, those areas go neglected for years, and whatever spots are missed, bacteria is allowed to thrive, often causing issues later on that require the professionalism of a dentist.
Not only should we be brushing twice or more if we can, but floss and mouthwash are necessities. There is plenty of bacteria that gets in between your teeth that toothpaste and a toothbrush just will not reach. With floss, you may get between your teeth, and with mouthwash, you can kill off all that bacteria and spit it back out. The benefits of using all three in combination everyday will prevent dentist visits to the point where just an annual checkup is needed.
Aside from brushing your teeth, it is also important to brush the tongue, or use a tongue scraper if possible. A tongue scraper will remove excess bacteria, as the tongue is what leads food down the path into the body. The tongue is just as important as the teeth and the color and texture of the tongue can tell any dentist about the physical health of a person. It is extremely important to have a clean tongue!
Another useful tool that are common in many restaurants is toothpicks. After we eat food, especially meat and chicken, it tends to get lodged in our teeth, and floss may not be available, so the next best option is using a toothpick to get it out. It also looks nasty have white colorless pieces of food stuck in your teeth when talking to people. Carnivores tend to have more bad smelling breath throughout the day,
The mouth, unfortunately, is a moist damp place that happens to contain heat from breath, so naturally, it is a place that bacteria want to be. Of course, there is good bacteria and bad bacteria. Good bacteria is found in our saliva and begins breaking down food before it gets to our stomach and intestines. Bad bacteria, however, can be damaging to our gums, teeth, and affect our health overall greatly.
Once upon a time, as a younger man, I had two top molars that were digging into the sides of my mouth. I was working a minimum wage job and had no health insurance, so the dentist was not really my first option. I let it go for almost a month and in that month, I experienced some of the most excruciating pain, from general weakness to massive headaches. Several times I felt as if I was going to pass out and die. Regardless of how many times I brushed or kept my mouth clean, the feeling was just the same.
I finally made the call and went to the dentist, who determined it was an emergency that I remove the two molars. They had cut into my sides and allowed bacteria into my bloodstream, which was causing nausea, sleepiness, weakness, and pain. Once the dentist removed the molars, I was completely fine. Almost instantly, the pain and weakness was gone. My mouth felt fine and my health was great. I learned in that time how important it was to have a healthy and clean mouth.
Dental hygiene and the mouth are the most important features in our everyday lives. We often may not think it, but how many times has someone spoken and you instantly wanted to walk away because they had bad breath or bad teeth? A beautiful smile is attractive to us and something that gives us our unique personalities. We identify a smile with happiness and we note that having good teeth and nice smelling breath is associated with that happiness.
While we like to think that we are bodies with souls, the truth is that we are souls with bodies. We must upkeep and maintain our bodies by washing everything regularly and supplying it with proper nutrition. Aside from providing our bodies with proper nutrition, we must keep the areas clean where bacteria is most common. The two areas are exactly where we stick the thermometer when sick: the mouth or the anus.
Your challenge this week and hopefully for the rest of your life is to upkeep and realize how important your mouth is. After you wake up and before you go to bed, brush those teeth and teach the habit to your children early! Make use of floss, mouthwash, tongue scraper, and a toothpick. While brushing and keeping your mouth will definitely help reduce dentist visits, a yearly dental annual checkup is important. A professional can tell you exactly what you are doing right or wrong with your mouth.
Keep it clean! Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day!