Oral Hygiene will save your life and get you laid!

This post was written by Ashley Berges

Oral Hygiene Ladies and Gentlemen: You know how Bob Barker said, at the end of each and every Price is Right, “Help control the pet population, have your pets spayed and neutered”. This is an important subject for a host to address because it’s consistently reminding viewers to help the situation making the world a better place to live.

Realizing that saying is Bob’s famous saying and will be remembered forever, I’ve come up with a new saying of my own!

Gum disease, gingivitis, bad breathe, tooth lose, cancer, and more is no laughing matter. Oral hygiene will save your life! Brushing your teeth is awesome and most of us do it twice or more daily but some of us forget to floss and brush our tongues. Flossing and tongue brushing is vitally important to mouth cleanliness, oral hygiene, gum condition, and the prevention of gingivitis and gum disease. Besides the obvious, they’re beginning to link dementia, pneumonia, erectile dysfunction, brain abscesses, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, pregnancy complications, ulcers, cancer, and HPV to poor oral hygiene.

FYI: Flossing is important: We don’t floss so much to remove food from the teeth, we do it to get rid of plaque. Plaque is the bacterial film that forms between teeth and along your gum line. Flossing at least once daily prevents gum disease and tooth loss. Everyone gets plaque, and it can only be removed by flossing. Do you know what happens when you leave that bacteria between your teeth, your mouth begins to smell. The odor of the bacteria will cause bad breathe. Ever worse, the bacteria will cause gum disease after a period of time where you aren’t flossing. How many times have you stopped flossing only to start up again a month later and your gums are bleeding? That’s not a good sign! The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum tissue caused by bacteria which is the bleeding of the gums. The gingival tissue becomes red, swollen and forms blood blisters inside the pockets of gum tissue surrounding your teeth. When these blood blisters are disturbed by either brushing or flossing they break open and blood rises to the top of the gingiva where you can see it.

I understand we don’t like it when our gums bleed, but when we floss regularly the less they will bleed. Actually the more you floss the better off you are and with consistency your gums will stop bleeding. If you’re not flossing, the symptoms begin with redness of the gums surrounding the teeth, the gum tissue becoming puffy or swollen gum accompanied with painless bleeding. Most people experience a bad taste in their mouth from an abscess in the gum pockets and persistent bad breath as a result of food being metabolized which is actually rotting food deep in the gingival pockets. Yuck!

BTW Tongue brushing is extremely important: The tongue harbors the majority of bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria from the environment as well as from the food and beverages we consume live and breed on the rough surface of the tongue. Brushing the teeth eliminates the bacteria that has adhered to the enamel. But without brushing the tongue, the bacteria from the tongue will just transfer to your teeth over and over again in a period of hours. Brushing the tongue removes the bacteria hiding in the nooks and crannies of its surface. Removing bacteria not only helps to prevent the bacteria from spreading to the teeth, but it also helps to prevent bad breath.
The correct way to brush the tongue is to brush the entire surface of your tongue, both on top and underneath. Then, rinse thoroughly to get rid of the food particles and bacteria. If brushing your tongue triggers your gag reflex, use a tongue scraper instead.

Personal Note: I brush my teeth at the least three times a day. I floss at least twice daily and I brush my tongue at least twice daily. This regiment has created good oral health and I feel the difference. I wasn’t always the pillar of oral health but even when I wasn’t always flossing I knew better. Try it out you won’t regret it. Plus, if you follow this regiment you will get kissed more and see more action in your love life immediately. Think about it, when your breathe smells wonderfully clean, not covered up by gum or mints, just gloriously clean, it gives someone a reason to come closer to you. I find gloriously clean breathe a complete turn on and it demonstrates that the person takes solid care of their hygiene and of their body. Healthy is sexy!

I use: Philips Sonicare HX6972/30 Flexcare Plus Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, either Sensodyne ProNamel toothpaste or Rembrandt Deeply White toothpaste, Johnson & Johnson Reach Mint Waxed floss, and either my Sensodyne or a Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical Pro-Flex Soft Toothbrush to scrub my tongue. 

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