Here's a subject that is about a real-livehealth concern. As you know, I have 5 children, and their dental health is of great concern to me. Though I will admit, it's hard keeping up with all that! And my 5 year old thinks he's 14 so he doesn't want me checking after him when he's already brushed.
I liked it so much I decided to share it...I couldn't have written it any better myself!
PREVENTING CAVITIES USING NATURAL METHODS:
As a child I had a mouth completely full ofmercury-filled amalgamsand a serious problem with cavities. I sure wish my parents would have known the information which appears on this page and applied it.
While brushing and flossing are key to preventing cavities andgum disease, avoiding thesugarsand wide variety ofprocessed junk foodsthat make up the bulk of America's typical diet, is also a major factor in dental health.
Soda and sugar-filled juice increase cavities in children
A 2001 Centers from Disease Control (CDC)-sponsored screening (1) of 3rd grade children attending 26 New Hampshire public schools found that 52% had tooth decay, or dental caries, and about 22% had untreated cavities.
Children are heavy consumers ofsoda, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A study (2) of about 3,200 Americans 9 to 29 years old conducted between 1971 and 1974 showed a direct connection between soft drinks and cavities.
Studies (3) clearly show that consumingsodaand powdered juices increases children's risk of cavities. Dentists also report that tooth decay is higher in soda-drinking children despite ingesting recommendedfluoride.
But sugar is not the only ingredient insoft drinkswhich causes cavities. The acids in soda are also known to disolve tooth enamel in ways which can lead to cavities.
In my opinion, there is absolutely no justification for drinking soda.Sugarandaspartameare deadly to your health and will gradually affect your well being. Better stick topure water.
Unhealthy lifestyles responsible for poor dental health in adults
Smoking, infrequency of dental visits and lack of brushing and flossing are usually the main contributors to tooth loss and decay in adults. Studies (4) show that smoking causes tooth loss and decay by hindering blood flow to thegums.
We would all be well-advised to take a proactive approach to dental care and maintain regular brushing and flossing habits, as a preventative measure to tooth andgum disease. It's also obviously a good idea to quit smoking.
Merry's comment...Also checkhttp://www.worldental.org/for more help with dental health. And to keep my mouth clean and free of bacteria, I use a half water/half hydrogen peroxide mixture to rinse 2x a day.
TRUE STORY ABOUT PEROXIDE:
I have a friend who did not visit a dentist for 15 years because of financial difficulties. However, she rinsed 2x daily with Peroxide. When she finally went to see a dentist, he said that her mouth was one of the healthiest he'd ever seen! He told her that it was the PEROXIDE that had saved her teeth and gums from serious disease.