5 Tips For Improving Your Oral and General Health In 2018
There's a whole 12 months of health ahead of you, and while there's a lot to get on top of, start with these 5 simple tips.
1. Increase your Vitamin C intake
Vitamin C is vital for a healthy mouth and a healthy you! Vitamin C deficiency can cause loose teeth and bleeding gums. This is because Vit C is involved in collagen production which plays a crucial role in holding teeth in place and keeping your gums in good condition. Load up on Vitamin C and try adding some grapefruit to your diet and eat plenty of real food.
2. Floss. Everyday
Be consistent with your flossing as it:
- gets to areas where your brush can’t get to (take the floss under the gums gently)
- reduces your risk of gum disease
- reduces your risk of tooth decay
- reduces your risk of bad breath
- reduces your risk of systemic diseases like heart disease and diabetes
3. Spend less time scrolling to reduce the chance of clenching and grinding your teeth
Your head weighs 4.5kg. Staring down at your phone at an angle of:
- 15 degrees, your head weighs the equivalent of 12kg.
- 30 degrees, your head weighs the equivalent of 18kg.
- 45 degrees, your head weighs the equivalent of 22kg.
- 60 degrees, your head weighs the equivalent of 27kg.
This puts enormous strain on the neck and can cause chronic musculoskeletal pain. This pain pattern can make you clench and grind your teeth.
4. Add high intensity interval training to your fitness regime
High intensity interval training (HIIT) may be good for your gums.
We have mitochondria in our cells that act like batteries so our cells can do their job. One of the best ways to make new mitochondria and keep them healthy is to exercise via HIIT.
Unhealthy mitochondria are associated with gingivitis and advanced gum disease. A great way to include HIIT is to sprint 30m at maximum effort with a weight plate on a sled x 8. Short, sharp and effective and its great for your muscles, mind, lungs, heart and most importantly the gums.
5. Eat food rich in magnesium to reduce the risk of tooth decay and headaches
Magnesium is great for reducing the frequency and severity of headaches caused by anything from sitting long hours at a computer to tooth grinding. It also helps to strengthen tooth enamel by working with calcium to make the surface more resistant to acids in foods and drinks.
Foods high in Magnesium you can eat daily:
3. Pumpkin seeds
6. Black beans
9. Dark chocolate 🍫