Hey, Lovelies!!! Let me start by wishing you a very happy new month. Last month rolled by so fast, but it sure wasn’t a bad one. So glad the year is gradually rolling out, you have no idea how much I’m looking forward to next year already…lol
To the business of the day, I wanted to share a harrowing experience I had with my tooth years ago. My journey with toothache dates back to high school, I had a lot of nights of tears and wailing over a little piece of tooth and gum that kept banging with pains.
In 2008, I went ahead to remove one of them, filled the other, and for some months I felt so much relief. However, the pain resurfaced, this time even hurting more than the first time, I decided I had had enough.
The most unfortunate thing is at the time I had a huge swollen mouth, it was the start of a new year, and everyone else was in a festive mood. I couldn’t even show my face or enjoy the tantalizing meals that were making the rounds; I was like an old woman with no teeth at the time. Worst timing for tooth problems!
I was there watching everyone else enjoy, me with my swollen face not even able to look good because the right side of my face was so swollen, one would have thought I was hiding some balls of buns in there. On the day of the extraction, I told the dentist I would like to remove 2 of my previously filled tooth and not just the swollen one, he hesitated for a bit, but after much pleading, he agreed
I extracted three of them that same day, and although the pain was excruciating, I feel like that’s one of the best decisions I ever made. Ever since I have tried to keep the rest of my teeth as healthy as possible, I’m not about to be a toothless grandma.
So next time when you are telling everyone else to shine their 32, please remember that your girl has just 28 left, but I can smile well regardless…lol
Here are some healthy tips from a press release I received from a renowned dentist and US Best Selling Author of “Why Your teeth might be killing you,” Dr. Steven Freeman. I decided to share this with you so that if just like me you desire to have healthier teeth then you can pick a thing or two from it.
Some Obvious And Not-So-Obvious
Diet Tips To Keep Your Teeth Healthy
You brush three times a day. You floss each night.
But then, admit it, you down a soda or you snack on a candy bar, undoing all that hard work and exposing your teeth to long-lasting harm.
Because when it comes to oral health, the No. 1 thing you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy is to watch what you eat.
“It’s more important than brushing; it’s more important than fluoride,” says Dr. Steven Freeman, a dentist, and author of the book Why Your Teeth Might Be Killing You (www.elitesmilesdentistry.com). “It’s even more important than visiting the dentist.”
The reason: Almost all the problems that occur in the mouth are the result of bacteria, Freeman says. Bacteria causes cavities as well as gum disease, and the primary food source for bacteria also happens to be prevalent in just about everything we consume, from bread to sauces to energy drinks.
That would be sugar.
“It’s difficult to avoid sugar, but you need to stay away from it as much as possible,” Freeman says.
Here’s what he does recommend your diet include so that your smile stays healthy and bright. Some of these may not be surprising. At least one might be:
Vegetables. The hard, leafy greens and broccoli may be difficult to chew, but they are jam-packed with vitamins and minerals that can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums. “As a bonus, they also help clean your teeth while you are chewing them,” Freeman says.
Salmon and dairy products. Salmon is useful for oral health because it contains vitamin D, which improves calcium absorption. “I know some people are against dairy in their diet, but the calcium in dairy products is essential to maintain strong teeth and bones that support the teeth,” Freeman says.
Citrus. Vitamin C helps support the gums and ligaments around your teeth. “This is why the British navy in the 19th century had lime and lemon trees on their ships because the sailors’ teeth kept falling out without a constant source of vitamin C.
Sugar-free gum. No need to do a double take on this one. Freeman says that sugar-free gum, while not exactly a nutritious alternative to kale and oranges, does have its advantages. The gum stimulates saliva and saliva has anti-cavity properties. Gum also helps remove plaque from your teeth.
“Of course you still want to go to the dentist for regular checkups,” Freeman said. “This can help spot cavities when they are smaller and catch gum disease at its earliest stages.”
About Dr. Steven Freeman
Dr. Steven Freeman (www.DrStevenFreeman.com) has authored multiple bestselling books, including Why Your Teeth Might Be Killing You. He is the owner of Elite Smiles, a dental office in St. Augustine Florida that provides all phases of dentistry, including kids, braces, implants and general dentistry. Dr. Freeman is a coach and teacher to dentists worldwide. He is the founder and president of Warrior Smiles which is a not-for-profit charity that provides dental implants to veterans for free. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox TV and has been quoted regarding his dental expertise in several national magazines.
I hope you enjoyed the tips by Dr.Steven Freeman, let’s all try to keep our teeth healthy and clean. Remember your smile is everything to someone, and your teeth is an essential contributor to the beauty of your smile.
Kindly share some of your toothache and teeth problems with me in the comments, at least I’ll know I’m not alone in this struggle.
Enjoy the rest of the month my Lovelies.