Mouth health doesn’t just mean keeping those pearly whites clean and free of cavities. There are other parts of the mouth
that also need that twice-daily attention. Otherwise, an infection can take hold and turn into oral disease.
Your mouth is naturally full of bacteria, but sometimes the bad bacteria likes to cling to the gums and inner cheeks that can cause more than just tooth decay, according to the Mayo Clinic. It is important to know the warning signs, but also to practice preventative measures.
The best ways to practice and maintain good oral health are as follows:
• Brush those pearly whites at least twice a day, including flossing.
• Try to limit eating right after you brush. Eating a healthy diet can also help with the types of bacteria entering your mouth.
• Your toothbrush should be replaced about every three to four months.
• Bi-annual dental checkups are a must. Who else will tell you if your teeth need extra attention? Plus, getting those good cleanings can help keep cavities at bay.
• For many more reasons other than good oral health, avoid tobacco use.
Using these steps should guarantee a healthy mouth. If you don’t take care of your mouth, however, the results may be worse than bad breath and slightly yellow teeth.
Here are some of the common oral infections that can occur when too much bacteria builds up in your mouth, according to Colgate’s website:
Gingivitis: This is a sign of early gum disease which can result in the gums bleed- ing after brushing. Bacteria will lodge in the gum line, which your mouth will react to with swelling and inflammation.
Periodontal disease: This occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. The bacteria has gone below the gum line to impact the bone and tissues underneath.
Thrush: This is when fungus grows in the mouth. Thick white patches will form on the tongue, inner cheeks, and back of the mouth.
There are many more oral infections and diseases that can affect the entire mouth, which is why it is important to listen to your dentist and brush with the recommended toothpaste that works for you.
If you find yourself with any oral aliments, consult your dentist immediately. The best way to get the quickest treatment possible is to recognize the signs before it turns into mouth disease.
The best way to avoid oral infections is to be preventative. This means giving your mouth the works twice a day: Brush, floss, rinse with mouthwash, and repeat. Bad breath and yellow teeth should not be the only issue on your mind when it comes to oral health.
Home Remedies To Bad Oral Health:
Salt Water Rinse: Dissolve salt in lukewarm water. Swish vigorously in your mouth for 30 seconds. Repeat several times, depending on your ailment. This helps with inflamed gums and can reduce bacteria, ease pain symptoms, decrease bad breath, and remove food debris.
Oil pulling: Take a tablespoon of any vegetable-based oil of your choice (coconut oil is popular) and swish in your mouth vigorously for 15-20 minutes. This also helps whiten teeth, decrease bad breath, and clear out sinuses.
Turmeric gel: This has been known to help prevent gingivitis and plaque with its anti-inflammatory properties. You can brush your teeth with it, swish it in your mouth, or apply it directly to your gums to help with bleeding or reddening.
Written by: Alex Dunn