You brush, floss, and go about your day. What do you really need to know about teeth that isn’t on the tube of toothpaste you use every morning? Well, a lot actually. Here’s some surprising dental facts you don’t know.

You’re Brushing Too Hard

If your bristles are mashed in like a pug’s face, you’re brushing too hard. Way too hard. Easy up on things and let the brush do the work. You don’t need to strongarm your teeth. The plaque will come off with technique.

The vast majority of people actually brush too aggressively, and this is because there’s a tendency to let the mind wander when we brush. While brushing, you probably think about what’s happening at work today, the party this weekend, or a variety of other things.

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Bleeding Gums Always Indicate Problems

There’s never a time when bleeding gums don’t mean something bad. You need to take care of them immediately. This is a health lesson the government has really tried to emphasize over the years. But, many people still ignore it. It’s truly shocking how many people have bleeding gums. It’s one of the leading causes of tooth loss, and most people ignore it. This is the wrong attitude. If left untreated, they will not get better on their own.

Even if it’s not accompanied by pain, it may be symptomatic of chronic gingivitis, inflammation of gum tissue, or underlying (serious) health problems. In time, the skin in the mouth will grow tender and sore. It may become difficult to eat certain foods and the teeth will deteriorate.

If you’re experiencing pain with bleeding gums, the situation has become serious. Go to an emergency dentist in NYC right now.

Maybe You’re Allergic To Your Toothpaste

This strange little fact keeps people from having the kind of dental health they deserve. Although rarely talked about, most people are not aware toothpaste allergies and sensitivities exist. It doesn’t help the signs are hard to spot, being inside the mouth. Most obvious symptoms include sensitivity of the mucosal lining, including sloughing. In other words, you may get minor burns on the inside of your cheeks.

Usually, this presents as a slight peeling of the skin across the inside surface of the mouth, gums, and related areas. In some instances, you might notice a slight tingling sensation. You should stick to a natural brand of toothpaste if you experienced this.

Fluctuating Hormones Impact Gum Health

For women, the idea that hormones impact gum health isn’t new, but it’s still relatively unknown by many women. These “magical” chemicals alter everything from growth of hair to length of fingernails.

It shouldn’t be too surprising to learn hormonal fluctuations influence the health and gums of the oral tissue as well. At various different points in the menstrual cycle, hormones soar and the risk of bleeding increases.

Fruit Juices Are Not Good

People have taken to fruit juice as a healthy alternative to soda and other sugary drinks. We know, for example, that eating lots of fruit is good for the body. They provide us with lots of vitamins and minerals, and help the immune system. They also can wreak havoc with tooth enamel because the concentration of sugar in the juice is bad for our teeth. With whole fruits, sugar isn’t concentrated, and there’s an abundance of water and fiber that naturally limits consumption. Not so with juices.

Stay away from them, or brush your teeth immediately after consuming them.

Teeth Are A Window To Your Physical Health

If you’ve ever been told teeth are a window to the rest of your physical health, count yourself lucky you were given this wise advice. Most people don’t realize serious health problems develop when you ignore dental health. Problems like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke can result when you do not take care of your teeth.

This is because bacteria work their way into the gums, and then into the bloodstream. Pathogenic bacteria are responsible for a variety of diseases. And, often, they’re able to take hold when someone fails to maintain good oral health.

Conclusion

Even small changes are helpful and add up fast. So, don’t discount them or think that you cannot make progress unless you make substantial changes. Start with one thing. Then, make gradual improvements.

Mike Plambeck is a dental marketing professional who writes about the world of online dental marketing as well as educational dental health topics. He lives in Lincoln, NE and raises 2 kids, Noah and Dani, along with his wife Marissa. Follow Mike’s Tweets and dental care tips.

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