You can look younger even by keeping your mouth healthy!
Your mouth is more than just a pretty smile. It’s also a gateway to your overall general health. Keeping this gateway clean may keep you looking younger.
People associate teeth with age, according to a survey. Just as white, straight teeth suggest youth, a smile with crooked, discolored, or missing teeth is associated with an aged look. The phrase ‘Long in the tooth,’ describes older persons. This reflects the fact that gum disease causes gums to recede and teeth appear longer as a result.
There are many aspects of looking younger, one of which is keeping away bad breath.
Don’t let bad breath affect your pretty smile! Breath is very important for your friends and loved ones! Let’s get personal. Bad breath (halitosis) is a very common problem but for people, bad breath affects your feelings about yourself, and also how others perceive you. In fact, this problem does not come to notice until a brave friend tells you. How can you tell if you have bad breath? A simple way is to stick a clean finger in your mouth and scrape saliva from the back…yes seriously!
Keeping a youthful mouth comes down to two simple, proven, and practical steps:
First, Oral hygiene, i.e. brush and floss daily and second is visit to your dentist every six months
“Taking the time to brush and floss is what’s needed,” says a famous dental faculty. “Brushing, flossing, and going to the dentist is very easy to do, it’s not expensive, and everyone should be doing it.”
But the truth is people don’t take oral health seriously. “They take their looks seriously and the smile is a priority, but people don’t think about their gums.
Brushing takes time, and flossing is one of the most difficult habits. The benefits of floss are often ignored and only 25% of people floss regularly. It takes two to three minutes per day to floss properly, but “these days, people are low on time.”
Looks aside, there’s another reason to take the dental care seriously! If you don’t, it could affect your health.
Inflammation in the gum area can happen when bacteria and debris, such as food particles, enter the blood vessels around the teeth. Inflammation is body’s response to such invaders. When this occurs repeatedly, you could wind up with long-term (chronic) inflammation.
According to a research, “The mouth is one of the major contributors to high levels of inflammation in the body!
Chronic inflammation is associated with chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease. It’s not clear if the oral inflammation causes those diseases or it is a marker of some other cause. But either way, it’s not a good sign for your health.
Then there’s periodontal disease, which affects 80% of people. It is caused by extensive bacterial buildup along the gums and teeth. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Bacterial buildup, inflammation, tooth decay, and periodontal disease can happen quietly and over time. That’s why dental visits are needed.
When done regularly and correctly, brushing and flossing can reduce bacteria or plaque buildup. This helps prevent inflammation and gum disease. There is another issue in dental health- staining. Smoking and drinking, particularly red wine and coffee, can stain your teeth and affect how old you look.
Tooth whitening is of two types, over-the-counter and in dentists’ offices. Teeth whitening has become increasingly popular and is often marketed as a way to look and feel younger.
Experts say that although teeth whitening can temporarily improve your smile, you still need consistent brushing, flossing, and routine dental checks to have a lasting impact of oral health on your aging.
Of course, you need to do more than brush, floss, and see your dentist to stay young. Your entire lifestyle is important. “If you want to slow down your aging clock, getting enough sleep, a healthy diet, exercise, and keeping down your levels of inflammation are all keys for it.
However, the fact remains that there are no shortcuts to getting and staying healthy, and how can oral health be an exception to it?!