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6 Things You Didn’t Know Increase Your Chance Of Having Tooth Decay

6 Things You Didn’t Know Increase Your Chance Of Having Tooth Decay

Growing up, we learned a lot of important lessons on how to maintain proper oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay. These lessons taught us that failing to brush our teeth regularly, eating high sugary foods, and other carbohydrates can cause tooth decay. However, most of us failed to address the most obvious causes of tooth decay.

Tooth Decay Comes From The Destruction Of Tooth Enamel

To understand the cause of tooth decay, you have to understand that it is the result of the destruction of our teeth enamel, which is the hard, outer layer of our teeth. It is a chain reaction that starts when we eat or drink foods that contain bacteria that use sugars in the food to make acids. Later, these acids can create cavities in our teeth. And if left untreated, those teeth might become severely decayed.

Below are six factors that increase your chances of having tooth decay that you probably didn’t know already.

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1. Dry Mouth

When the mouth lacks saliva, harmful germs such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi will stay in it and cause cavities. However, having a dry mouth should not make you anxious. There are self-care steps that can help improve a dry mouth, such as chewing sugarless gum, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding cigarettes and alcohol.

2. Vigorous Teeth Brushing

More often than not, most of us have the habit of brushing our teeth vigorously with the thought that the harder you do it, the cleaner your teeth will be. Well, this is a very poor habit which you should stop immediately. Toothbrush misuse has a high chance of causing damage to your teeth, according to a published dental study by Dr. Thomas Abrahamsen in the International Dental Journal.

Often, patients who have over-brushed their teeth complain of sensitive teeth. What you should do is simply brushing gently by applying less pressure with circular strokes on gums and invest in a soft-bristled toothbrush.

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3. Not Getting Enough Fluoride

Did you know one of the benefits of drinking water is making your teeth enamel stronger due to the fluoride content it has? Fluoride helps to prevent your teeth from decay by making them more resistant to acid attacks from sugars and plaque bacteria in the mouth.

When you use fluoride regularly, it can reduce the number of cavities you might develop in your teeth. Therefore, according to Fluoride Information Network, drinking tap water with fluoride treatment and using fluoride toothpaste can reduce tooth decay.

4. High Acidic Foods Intake

At times, you might have felt tooth sensitivity, especially when you eat or drink something that is very cold or hot. Sensitivity is typically due to exposing the teeth to high levels of acidic foods. Tooth sensitivity is a common condition that results from the irritation of nerves in your teeth. Eating highly acidic foods leads to enamel damage, which exposes the inner layer of your teeth, exposing the nerve center, and leading to painful tooth sensitivity.

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What you should do is avoid eating high acidic foods, such as lemons, tomatoes, pickles, alcohol, coffee, etc. Instead, you should eat foods that are low in acid, such as bananas, lean meat, avocados, whole grains, broccoli, eggs, vegetables etc.

5. Drinking Alcohol At Night

During the night when you sleep, there is less saliva production, since your mouth is inactive. This state will make it more difficult for your mouth to wash away acids and bacteria naturally. The result, as you may already know, is that chances of tooth decay are likely to increase when you drink alcohol at night.

Therefore, you should avoid drinking alcohol at night. If you are unable to control yourself and limit your nightly alcohol intake, drink alcohol moderately as you sip water at the same time.

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6. Dairy Products

Eating natural dairy products is usually not harmful to your teeth because it contains calcium that make our teeth strong. However, when we combine dairy products mixed with other foods that have high sugar levels and other carbohydrates, which feed the bacteria in your mouth, then there are higher chances of developing tooth decay. Eat dairy separately and avoid eating unhealthy forms of dairy, like ice cream and frozen yogurt for example.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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