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Happy Oral Health Day

Dr. Ron Sherman
March 20, 2018

We have all been told multiple times to brush and floss, we get it "it's important" *insert eye roll*. What adult past the age of 20 is surprised that brushing your teeth after a pint of Ben & Jerry's is a better idea than not. With that being said, good oral hygiene closely relates to your overall health. There are things we can all do to in between dental appointments to keep ourselves of sound body, mouth and peace of mind.

We have already touched on a major one, tooth brushes. In addition to brushing and flossing daily, we need to replace our toothbrushes every three to four months. Unless, the bristles are frayed then replace your toothbrush as soon as possible.

There are foods that we can consume on a daily basis that are not only delicious, but good for our overall well-being. Garlic, for example, has a plethora of nutritional value that help our gut and oral health. Allicin, the main active compound in garlic, has been shown to display apoptotic, anti-fungal, anti-platelet, anti-hypertensive, and anti-inflammatory properties. The anti-bacterial properties in garlic have been found to aid in reducing bacteria build up in the gum tissue. This kind of build up in the gum tissue creates periodontal pockets. Some scientists have found that seeping liquid garlic into the infected pockets can help treat some of the harmful bacteria buildup. Be sure to contact your dentist and get treatment, periodontal pockets are serious business! Stress in your body such as periodontal pockets can cause inflammation, inflammation leads to a whole new host of issues! So, eat your garlic! Raw is better as allicin in not as bio-available after about an hour after being cut/crushed/cooked.

We live in a world dominated by phone calls and text messages, inundated by countless emails, working through our lunch period, arriving to our jobs with the sun, and leaving well past sunset. You may not be operating at extreme levels of stress, but stress is stress and it effects each and every one of us differently; headaches, frequent insomnia, decreased productivity at work. If left unchecked, stress can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, muscle tension, sleep problems, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed and grinding our teeth while we sleep, etc. Grinding of teeth can present an interesting set of issues, not only can it cause headaches, unnecessary wear on your teeth, fracturing and loosening of the teeth but it can potentially lead to TMD. If you are concerned about TMD make sure to call your dentist! Enough with negative effects of stress, what about some healthy ways to prevent stress? Yoga is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. In some studies it has been shown to help modulate our response to stress, reduced heart rate and blood pressure, and heart variability - the body's ability to respond to stress in a more flexible way. Yes, pun intended.

Overall, we hope you are having an amazing Oral Health Day! Remember, eat your garlic, drop into a yoga class, and always brush your teeth!

Keep flossin',

First Impressions Dental

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