phil hodge, eat healthy, dental routineAs if 2020 and Covid-19 can bring us any more struggle – have your healthy eating and dental hygiene habits started struggling too?  Well, you’re not alone.  Many of us find that our normal healthy habits of eating well, drinking plenty of water, exercising and getting our 6-month dental cleaning appointments have all taken a back seat.
If correcting all these poor habits you have developed over the last few months seems daunting – let’s break them down one by one with the help of your neighborhood, friendly dentist.

Where do I start?

Are you snacking before bed or even in bed? Some of us aren’t even leaving our beds anymore! If so, make sure you’re brushing your teeth before falling asleep.
Are you drinking sodas?  Both dark soda and light sodas are damaging to your teeth and should be avoided. If you’re worried about discoloring your teeth, keep in mind that the brown pigments in dark sodas like Coke and Pepsi are more likely to stain your teeth.  Start by replacing a soda a day (or all the sodas) for a flavored water.

Are you snacking on the wrong foods?

Hard candies are particularly bad for your pearly whites. Lollipops, mints, and any other sugary treats (even cough drops) that linger in the mouth expose teeth to sugar and acids for a long period of time. Healthy snacks for your teeth are cheese, yogurt and fruit.  Research shows that brushing slows cravings for food as well.  So next time you reach for a snack, try brushing your teeth and drinking 8 ounces of water first to combat that craving.

Comorbidities of poor mouth health

As a main gateway to the body, the mouth can be a host to negative consequences and concerns in the body.  Tooth aches, bad breath and bleeding gums are a sign that something else could be going on.  Poor gum and tooth hygiene, accompanied with stress can add to a multitude of other health issues.  Did you know that bacteria from your mouth can make it’s way to your heart?  If the gums are inflamed due to the bacteria that causes periodontal disease, that same bacteria can actually get into the bloodstream causing the arteries to build up plaque and harden. This hardening of the arteries is called atherosclerosis.  And poor oral hygiene, smoking, poor nutrition and stress can exacerbate an already weakened immune system and lead to a form of ulcerative gingivitis.  Early researcher has found a link between poor oral hygiene and the severity of COVID-19 disease and the symptoms.  More reason to schedule that check up today and no longer delay!

Those with periodontal disease are at a 25 percent raised risk of heart disease, three times the risk of getting diabetes, and 20 percent raised risk of getting high blood pressure.  These also happen to be risk factors of COVID-19

Dr. Hodge’s office is open and available for your regular 6 month check up and cleaning.  We have taken all safety measures and precautions to keep you safe during this season.
We look forward to seeing you and your teeth very soon, smiling under our masks!
Your dentist is open and available for your regular 6 month check up and cleaning.  They have taken all safety measures and precautions to keep you safe during this season.

We look forward to seeing you and your teeth very soon, smiling under our masks!

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