No Matter How Hygienic You Are, Don’t Skip The Dentist

No Matter How Hygienic You Are, Don’t Skip The Dentist

You wake up quickly brush your teeth and you’re on your way with a pearly white smile, right? Wrong. There’s way more prep that goes into keeping your teeth healthy than that. Even if you are somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to your teeth, your teeth still can’t get all the care they need at home.

“As permissible as your schedule is, make it a habit to visit a dental care clinic regularly for full oral checkup and teeth cleaning. There are dental problems that you may not be able to identify on your own. Adhering to this can save you a whole world of hurt in the long run.”

Regular Dental Visits Are a Necessity

Brushing your whole mouth, not just your teeth is great dental hygiene, so is flossing regularly, maintaining a teeth-friendly diet, and choosing water over sugary drinks as well as alcohol. That being said, no matter how much care you give your teeth, you should still have check-ups done by a professional. Not only do they ensure there are no underlying problems or major health concerns, you’ll also get a professional cleaning that tidies up the messes in your mouth you never even knew you missed.

To learn more about how to take proper care of your teeth refer to 6 Great Dental Hygiene Tips For Healthy, White Teeth.

What Happens If Your Children Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep?

What Happens If Your Children Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep?

When it comes to kids, just how important is a regularly scheduled bedtime? Whether or not your child gets enough hours of sleep each night effects more than you know.

“Regular sleep deprivation often leads to some pretty difficult behaviors and health problems—irritability, difficulty concentrating, hypertension, obesity, headaches, and depression. Children who get enough sleep have a healthier immune system, and better school performance, behavior, memory, and mental health.”

Sleep Is a Major Health Concern

Your child’s sleep is more important than if they’re going to be crabby the next day. An effective amount of sleep is essential for your kids to function and do their very best. It’s not just about how they act though. It’s about how they feel because getting enough sleep is just as important to their health as eating a healthy diet and exercising. Their health doesn’t end at bedtime, and neither does yours.

To learn more about how to make sure your whole family is getting enough sleep refer to Healthy Sleep Habits: How Many Hours Does Your Child Need?

Oral Hygiene Can Help Control Type 2 Diabetes

Oral Hygiene Can Help Control Type 2 Diabetes

So much of the time, overall health begins with oral health.

“A clinical study conducted by researchers of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the UB shows that control of type 2 diabetes improves when the patient attends to dental hygiene.”

Oral Hygiene Is Essential to Your Health

Now that research has now shown that those suffering from type 2 diabetes can help control the disease by managing their oral health, it’s time to once again put an emphasis on how important regular oral hygiene can be. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing, and using mouthwash is essential to keeping your diabetes under control. This routine should be combined with regular visits to your dentist as well as your regular doctor. Who knew something as simple as a daily oral health routine could improve your control over such a dangerous disease?

To learn more about this study refer to A study proves oral health improves diabetes.

Lung Cancer Isn’t the Only Cancer That Should Concern Smokers

Lung Cancer Isn’t the Only Cancer That Should Concern Smokers

While lung cancer is probably the most common disease associated with smoking cigarettes, mouth cancers are a danger to smokers as well as heavy drinkers too.

“While smoking is linked to three quarters of all mouth cancers, those that smoke and drink alcohol to excess increase their risk of mouth cancer by up to 30 times.”

Addiction Plays a Part in Every Part of Your Health

Alcoholism and tobacco addiction both come with heavy costs and that cost isn’t just coming from your wallet. The health concerns are real for your entire body and don’t forget about your mouth. Oral hygiene doesn’t just mean brushing and flossing your teeth. Anything you put in your mouth should be a concern too. So when it comes to mouth cancer, if you want to beat the odds, stay away from cigarettes and keep your drinking in moderation.

To learn about how to look the warning signs of mouth cancer refer to Are you Mouthaware? Charity reveals early warning signs of mouth cancer.

Do Box Top Programs Do More Harm Than Good?

Do Box Top Programs Do More Harm Than Good?

Box Top programs give funding to schools that the public school system desperately needs due to budget cuts. However, many of these Box Top cutouts appear on junk food. So is unhealthy eating justified if it helps our kids get a better education?

“Critics don’t object to schools getting much-needed funds. But they do protest the nutritional quality of the foods in rewards programs and schools’ role in promoting them, which potentially undermines nutrition education and could boost kids’ lifelong taste for unhealthy foods.”

Choosing Healthy Products Remains Up To Parents

While the companies say they are marketing toward the parents, many schools make it a contest for the kids. Getting kids involved means that they’re involved in the shopping too. They look for Box Top products and assume the food is therefore good for them. Many of these programs also have their cutouts on healthy products, but at the end of the day, healthier items need to be chosen. It’s up to parents to steer their kids away from the junk food and into a healthy diet.

To learn more about the problems concerning Box Top programs refer to A popular school fundraiser is just ‘junk-food marketing to kids,’ experts say.

Charcoal Whitening: Is It Worth It?

Charcoal Whitening: Is It Worth It?

A healthy charity is looking into the charcoal fad aimed at teeth whitening. It seems like just about everyone is trying to get their smile as white as can be, but does this at home remedy actually work?

“New research [sic] has also suggested there is no robust evidence which currently supports the claims made by many of these increasingly popular products in terms of tooth whitening and, importantly, some products may be actually harmful as they do not contain the effective ingredients to help prevent tooth decay.”

The Best Way to Whiten

The charcoal may remove surface stains but the effects will not last despite what is currently being advertised. Furthermore, these substances don’t actually help to maintain the health of your teeth and can even damage enamel among other things. At the end of the day, your best option for healthy teeth whitening is still to receive a professional whitening service at your dentist.

To learn more about the charcoal trend refer to Health charity explores the facts and myths of charcoal toothpaste.