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November 2017

How to Take Better Care of your Teeth

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You know what they say, it does not matter how you are brushing your teeth, the dentist will always say that you are doing it wrong.  But then, of course, you should listen to your dentist when it comes to taking better care of your teeth.

The truth is that we probably are not taking proper care of our teeth.  This not only has to do with hygiene but also with the things that we put between our teeth for them to grind.   Dr. Ji, who operates a dental practice in Canada, warns people that poor practices in taking care of teeth lead to early tooth loss as well as other teeth conditions.

Consequences of Poor Dental Hygiene

When you are not having a proper mouth hygiene, you can bring about a series of consequences to your teeth.  These are some of the most common:

  • As long as you have natural teeth, cavities or tooth decay will always be a potential issue.  Teeth are designed to last your entire life, so having proper brushing techniques should keep it that way, even when you are old.
  • Gum diseases include infections that affect how the tooth attaches to the gum.   If you leave tartar unattended, these might affect your gum.  They become red and swollen, a condition known as gingivitis.
  • Dry mouth is not directly related to teeth but it is also a consequence of bad cleaning practices.

How to Take Better Care of your Teeth

These are the best tips for you to take better care of your teeth:

  • Brush at least twice a day and spend 2 minutes brushing.  This will allow you to go around most areas of your teeth without missing a part.
  • Floss at least once a day to eliminate those residues of food between the teeth that the toothbrush cannot reach.  If you do not floss, food and plaque will accumulate in the spaces between the teeth.  You should usually use 30 cm of floss.
  • Using toothpaste with fluoride strengthen your enamel and makes you less likely to get cavities.  Use a toothpaste that has more than 1,000 ppm of fluoride.
  • Use mouthwash with fluoride in it so that it reaches all the areas of your teeth.  Use it after brushing and flossing.  Do not swallow the mouthwash as it might upset your stomach.
  • Brush or scrape your tongue.  Food can get trapped in your tongue and then the bacteria that forms there is transferred to your teeth.  Some toothbrushes come with a rubbery end that you can use for that purpose.

You should also be mindful of the types of food that you eat.  Avoid foods with too much sugar in it.  Also, try to avoid sticky foods such as candies taffy, granola bars, dried fruits.  Reduce the amount of alcohol you are consuming and don’t smoke.

How to Know if you Should See a Chiropractor

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Life being so hectic, it sometimes takes its toll on our back.  All the pressure and tough situations seem to land there.  Even mental issues can sometimes make our backs take a share.  More than fifteen muscles take action on the back and allow you to move your arms, legs, to twist, and lift up things.  In fact, many activities involve muscles located in the back.

It is no surprise then that we constantly suffer back pain.  Most of the time, we seem to overlook these conditions and take no action about it.  Not only this, but we seem to dismiss the fact that back pain can be avoided altogether.  Dr. Christian Guenette, a chiropractor in Vancouver, says that prevention is the key to not suffering back pain or any of its consequences.

However, he warns, leaving recurrent back pains unattended can lead to more serious conditons.  This is why, if you are suffering constant back pains, you should visit a chiropractor as soon as possible.

Warning Signs of a Back Pain

Our bodies are smart and they always seek to be in a normal state of health.  It is like a balance where peace in the body is being kept.  Whenever a foreigner enters, it will try to destroy it to restore this balance.  Our body warns us whenever it is necessary for us to take action.

When we suffer back pains, this is our body telling us that there is something going on and that it needs help restoring the balance that has been broken.  But what is this message?

Back pain can vary from person to person or it can be mild or acute.  Whenever any of these signs start to take place, you should see a chiropractor before it gets worse.

  • Symptoms are not improving.  If your pain is not improving after 72 hours, you should get help.
  • Sciatica.  When the back pain extends down the legs, it could be a herniated disc pressing on the sciatic nerve.  Remember that chiropractic care focuses on the nervous system, namely the spine.
  • Other diseases. There are many other diseases, such as cancer, that can be indicated by a back pain.  This is why getting professional help is important.

Visiting a Chiropractor

Pain is a condition of the mind and neurotransmitters.  If you are able to keep those two in check, then you can reach your maximum potential.  It is in this condition that you can enjoy a full life.

A chiropractor will apply his knowledge of the nervous system and the spine to align your spine in such a way that your body gets the normalcy it is craving for.  This reduces the stress associated with back pain.

There is really no better way to get around this condition.  Only chiropractic care can focus on the nervous system through a different and effective approach.

Your body needs and wants to be in a healthy balance.  A visit to the chiropractor can help you establish this physical harmony with your body and prevent any back pain or pain altogether.  Make your appointment today and try it for yourself.