Oral Hygiene and the New Silk’n ToothWave
Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping your teeth clean and free from decay or infection. It is super important for your health because it can cause a lot of diseases and conditions down the road if it’s not something you look after. While you might feel like brushing your teeth only prevents bad breath and staining, it actually benefits you in ways you would never have thought of.
From brushing and flossing to seeing a dentist, taking care of your teeth should be an important part of maintaining your physical health. The ToothWave with DentalRF Technology Toothbrush by Silk’n offers a brand-new way to clean your teeth and gums. Learn about the benefits of taking care of your teeth, the risks of not doing so, and find out the best methods to fight tooth decay and gum disease.
Why Is Oral Hygiene Important?
Oral hygiene is vital for your overall health. There are many diseases caused by poor oral hygiene. Your mouth can also be a vantage point for detecting early symptoms of systemic diseases. For example, diabetes can become apparent due to the presence of a mouth lesion or a gum infection.
Other health complications caused by poor oral hygiene include:
- Bacterial pneumonia
- Infective endocarditis
- Pregnancy complications
- Low birth weight
By keeping your teeth and mouth clean, you can help prevent the risk of these health conditions.
Health Issues Caused by Bad Oral Hygiene
Because the mouth is a primary entrance into the body, poor oral health can have negative effects on the entire body. Sore teeth, inflamed or bloody gums, and bad breath are signs that your oral health is poor. Bacteria from the mouth can easily get into the bloodstream and affect other aspects of your overall health.
Here are some common and serious health problems caused by poor oral hygiene:
- Cardiovascular disease
If your gums are inflamed due to the bacteria that causes periodontal disease, that same bacteria can actually get into the bloodstream causing the arteries to build up plaque and harden. This hardening is called atherosclerosis, and it leads to blood flow problems, heart blockages, and it increases the likelihood of having a heart attack. The damage on the arteries and blood vessels can lead to hypertension and increase the risk for strokes, as well.
Poor oral health can affect the brain. Substances that are released from inflamed and infected gums can actually kill brain cells and lead to memory loss. Gingivitis and other bacteria can enter the nerve channels and lead to dementia or even Alzheimer’s disease.
- Respiratory infections
Bacteria from infected teeth and swollen gums can be breathed into the lungs. Once there, it can lead to respiratory infections, pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and even COPD.
Diabetics are more susceptible to gum infections that lead to periodontal disease, and periodontal disease can make diabetes hard to control. Symptoms can worsen thanks to complications caused by gum disease. Because gum disease can lead to higher-than-normal sugar levels, a person with poor oral health is at a higher risk or developing diabetes.
- Pregnancy complications
With hormonal changes due to pregnancy, expecting mothers are more at risk to develop oral infections. Any infection in the body can cause a woman to experience pregnancy complications. Certain oral health issues such as periodontist and gingivitis have been known to lead to premature birth and low birth weight in infants.
Gum disease can lead to various overall health issues that make it difficult for a woman to experience a normal, healthy pregnancy. It can actually take longer for a woman with poor oral health to get pregnant, as well.
Smoking and using tobacco, two unhealthy oral hygiene practices, lead to oral and throat cancer. Additionally, the risk for developing kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, and blood cancers is much higher for people with poor oral health.
- Kidney disease
People with gum disease have weaker immune systems and are more likely to get infections. Many people who suffer from very poor oral health or periodontal disease also suffer from kidney disease.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
According to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, people with gum disease are four times more likely to develop Rheumatoid Arthritis. The bacteria from gingivitis increases inflammation in the body and increases the risk for developing this painful and debilitating inflammatory disease.
How to Practice Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits
Your physical health is important to your overall wellbeing, and oral hygiene is included in physical health! If you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle, make sure to pay attention to your mouth. Other than brushing your teeth, here are a few ways to make sure you’re practicing good oral hygiene:
- Visit your dentist twice a year to get a professional teeth cleaning. When you’re not at the dentist, make sure you brush your teeth twice a day. However, you should still see a dentist to check on your oral health regularly. They can spot discolouration, gum health issues, and any other kind of problems that may be present.
- Try to avoid certain foods that lead to oral issues. Healthy foods contain nutrients that protect your teeth from cavities and gingivitis. By avoiding foods that are sugary and acidic, you can decrease your chances of developing issues down the road.
- Avoid chewing or smoking tobacco, and drinking coffee to excess. These habits affect the natural biology of our gums, stain your teeth, and contribute to bad breath
- Floss and use a mouthwash to get a full clean. By just brushing, you’ve only cleaned about two thirds of the tooth. If you aren’t used to flossing, you may experience some bleeding. This is a sign that you aren’t taking good care of your gums. After a few times of flossing in a row, the bleeding should stop. Once you get in the habit of flossing, it isn’t so bad!
- Don’t go to bed without brushing your teeth. While we all know to brush twice a day, sometimes we neglect brushing before bed. Brushing before bed gets rid of all the germs and plaque that accumulates throughout the day.
- Pay attention to your tongue. Plaque can build up on your tongue, as well. Not only does this lead to bad breath, but it could lead to potential other oral hygiene problems. Gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush or a special tongue brush after every time you brush your teeth.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste. When it comes to toothpaste, whitening ingredients aren’t the only thing you should pay attention to. Fluoride is a great ingredient to find in toothpaste since it is a leading defense against tooth decay. It works by fighting germs that lead to decay, as well as providing a protective barrier for your teeth.
- Drink water. Water can help dislodge some of the debris that might get stuck in your teeth. It also washes out some of the negative effects of sticky and acidic foods and beverages.
- Add mouthwash to your routine. The bacteria that build up in your teeth and gums is what puts you at risk for developing disease. After brushing and flossing, try rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash. This will kill any bacteria and lead to better oral hygiene.
In order to improve your oral health, you should follow these tips. While a dentist can give you a great-quality clean, it’s important to maintain that level of cleanliness at-home.
Introducing the ToothWave
The ToothWave with DentalRF Technology Toothbrush by Silk’n is the first dental care device that cleans at a molecular level. By using electro-chemical principles, the ToothWave is clinically proven to:
- Reduce gum inflammation and bleeding
- Reduce teeth stains
- Brighten teeth
- Reduce existing tartar
Discolouration, stains, and tartar attach to the tooth’s surface by forming strong molecular bonds that brushing can’t break. The ToothWave is the first to use Radiofrequency energy (RF) that can attack and break those bonds. Gentle waves of charged molecules surround each tooth to destabilize these strong bonds on the tooth until the impurities detach from the surface of the tooth.
The ToothWave has four vibration modes, a long battery life, and is waterproof. It has three vibration speeds including a manual brushing option so you can brush your teeth however you would like. It is rechargeable with up to a two-week battery life, and features a thirty second interval timer plus a two-minute automatic shut-off timer. This will allow you to spend 30 seconds on each section of your mouth, resulting in an even and precise clean.
Other toothbrushes rely on physical bristles alone to sweep away impurities. With the ToothWave, it reduces the need for harsh and abrasive bristles. The ToothWave pairs super soft bristles with DentalRF technology to give you better results with less work. Due to this, it is safe for use with implants, fillings, or braces.
Learn more about the ToothWave and see if it’s right for your dental regimen.
Get to It!
Good oral hygiene is more than just having a brighter, whiter smile. Bacteria in the mouth can cause diseases such as gingivitis and even kidney failure. Brush twice a day with a deep-cleaning toothbrush and visit your dentist bi-annually to make sure that you are practicing good oral hygiene.