Advertising
Advertising

Does White Teeth Mean Healthy Teeth?

Does White Teeth Mean Healthy Teeth?

There is a wrong perception common to most people who automatically ascribe a pearly white set of teeth to indicate healthy teeth. We cannot really blame them because this notion can only be tied against the backdrop of the many glorified adverts about teeth care products. It will behoove many to note that a lot of us are satisfied when we are able to get off that coloration on our teeth, but not ready to adapt healthier lifestyles. No doubt, a white set of teeth is appealing, endearing and all good for the camera. The only bit that might shock you is the fact that not all those shiny whites are necessarily healthy.

The myth about the colour of your teeth 

In this article by Claudia Hammond of the BBC, she set all out to dispel a medical myth that is accepted far and wide about the dissatisfaction with the color of teeth by people. Claudia pointed out that a number of factors actually affect teeth coloration and this includes our genes, age, the things we eat, drink and certain medications; with many of them factors beyond our control. A stained set of teeth may not be unhealthy, the stains may be from food and drink accumulated over time.

Advertising

The truth about the colour of your teeth

A seemingly perfect set of white teeth may have gum infections and be plagued with cavities. You may find this hard to believe, but teeth color is not directly related to the health status of the teeth. For instance, the black stain is believed by many researchers to protect against tooth decay. The black stain is said to contain calcium, phosphate, various bacteria and some form of iron and copper compounds. They are in fact believed to prevent tooth decay and more stain. This is another viable reason to embrace the stains.

Advertising

The importance of oral hygiene 

Teeth color largely boosts confidence and appeal and this is why teeth whitening will remain an industrial practice that will never go extinct. Much of our persona depends on what we have on the inside, but I tell you that it is not a bad idea to look attractive and endearing on the outside as well. Need I say, oral care is important, having a healthy set of teeth is non-negotiable, but it is clearly a personal choice to ensure the teeth are white at all times. It does not add in any way to your health status, but it sure makes you look more appealing.

Advertising

No matter the color of your teeth, no rule stops you from smiling. So here is the charge – smile, smile, smile, but of course, that should be after you read the full article here. There are a handful of insights for your perusal.

Advertising

More by this author

Jolie Choi

Having experienced her own extreme transformation process, Jolie strongly believes that staying healthy takes determined and consistent action.

11 Health Benefits of Cucumber Water (+3 Refreshing Drink Recipes) Put Down Your Pizza and Find Your Healthy Diet Challenge Buddy By Using “Foodstand” Ditch Your Banana and Kale! Use “The Blender Girl” To Find Your Fun and Tasty Smoothie Recipes If You Exercise but Sit a Lot, You’re Still Unhealthy Walk While You Work, You’ll Be 10X Healthier

Trending in Restore Energy

1 The Effects of Stress on Your Body And Mind (You Never Knew) 2 7 Signs You’re Burnt out (And How to Bounce Back) 3 How to Recover From Burnout Quickly and Feel Better 4 How to Get Deep Sleep in 5 Steps Naturally 5 13 Work Life Balance Tips for a Happy and Productive Life

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising
Advertising

Published on September 25, 2020

The Effects of Stress on Your Body And Mind (You Never Knew)

The Effects of Stress on Your Body And Mind (You Never Knew)

We’ve all experienced the effects of stress in one form or another. Feeling stressed out sucks, especially when it becomes chronic.

Stress affects everything from your digestion, immune function, cognition, and mood. In simplest terms, stress is your body’s response to changes that take place in your environment that are deemed ‘unsafe.’

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a perfect environment for a full-blown stress meltdown. It is normal to feel stressed right now. The world feels like it’s upside down—literally.

On top of that, the uncertainty and constant health threats surrounding COVID-19 have led to a surge in mental health issues. A study found that 70% of the U.S. population have identified as moderately to severely distressed since the onset of the pandemic.[1] Can you relate?

It has never been more important to master our emotional health. The pandemic has shown us that, while we can’t control the external world, we always have control over how we respond to it.

Everyone experiences stress, but not everyone deals with it in the same way. The good news is that you have the power to effectively manage your stress so that your world doesn’t feel like it’s falling apart every time you’re hit with a challenge.

Advertising

Before you can do that, it’s important to understand how the mind-body connection works.

The Mind-Body Connection and Stress

Despite popular opinion, the mind and the body are not two separate entities. Your physical body impacts your emotions and visa versa. As you can imagine, if there is disharmony in the body, there will also be disharmony in the mind, which in turn will influence your stress levels.

One study found that the type of energy patterns that are carried by certain words and intentions can cause physical changes in DNA structure which become the building blocks of your body.[2]

Have you ever felt a nauseous feeling in your stomach when you’re anxious about something? If so, you’ve experienced the mind-body connection at play.

The next time you find yourself saying something negative, remember that your thoughts determine how your body behaves. Negative emotions contribute to dis-ease in the body. Be mindful of the words you speak because your body is always listening to you. What you think, you become.

The Effects of Stress on the Mind and Body

Life is a rollercoaster ride which means that stress will happen. You cannot hide from it. The best thing that you can do is take preventative measures to ensure that stress doesn’t wreak havoc on your mind and body over the long-term. Here are 3 lesser-known effects of stress.

Advertising

1. Weakened Immune System

Your health is your wealth. Without you, you have nothing. If you don’t have a strong immune system, your body won’t be able to fight off disease and/or viruses.

COVID-19 has taught us how important it is to take care of our immune systems. If you want to maintain a strong immune system get a good night’s sleep, do regular exercise, eat healthy foods, take immune-boosting supplements, and commit to relaxation practices.[3] This is how you will train your immune system to work for you instead of against you.

2. Gut Problems

There is a strong correlation between digestive health and stress. The gut and the brain are constantly communicating and sending signals to one another.

Have you ever felt like you were punched in the gut after receiving awful news? Have you ever felt butterflies in your stomach when you’re nervous about something? These reactions happen for a reason.

An imbalanced intestine can send signals to the brain, just as an imbalanced brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person’s stomach pains can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.[4]

So, the next time you have an unexplained stomach ache, your stress levels could be the culprit. Avoid foods that can irritate your stomach and aggravate the symptoms of stress, like refined sugars and fried foods. I like to take acidophilus regularly which helps to increase healthy bacteria in the gut.

Advertising

Lastly, I encourage you to create a daily Kundalini yoga practice. Kundalini yoga is great for stimulating the flow of energy in the body. There are specific Kundalini exercises that support healthy digestion, some of which include Breath of Fire, Stretch Pose, and Sat Kriya.

3. Depression

Stress is a normal response to positive and negative life experiences. However, if you have trouble coping with stress over the long-term, you can put yourself at risk for developing depression. Sustained or chronic stress leads to elevated hormones such as cortisol, and reduced serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain, including dopamine.[5]

When you experience heightened levels of stress, you are more likely to experience a low mood. Unfortunately, a low mood will make you more prone to not engaging in healthy activities, like exercising and eating well. As a result, your mood will suffer even more.

This toxic spiraling effect is what causes a lot of people to experience symptoms of depression, like fatigue, anxiety, loss of appetite, or in severe cases, suicidal thoughts.

COVID-19 has put a lot of people at risk for depression. With everything that is currently going on in the world, people are more susceptible to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness which can precipitate the onset of depression.

One of the best ways to prevent yourself from falling into a spiral of sadness is to seek professional help. A psychologist or a coach can help you navigate through the difficult times and give you tools for reducing stress and anxiety.

Advertising

Secondly, create a daily mindfulness-based practice and make it a non-negotiable. Mindfulness can be in the form of meditation, yoga, dancing, tai chi, or breathwork.

Practicing mindfulness helps you reprogram negative thoughts and reassess difficult experiences with a more calm mind.

Don’t Allow Stress to Take Over Your Life

You have two choices—you can either let stressors suffocate your health and well-being, or you can transform your wounds into wisdom and rewrite a new story.

If you’re scared, it’s okay. You’re human. Allow yourself to feel everything, but don’t lose yourself in the mess. Take a deep breath and trust that your strength is greater than any struggle.

Tips on How to Deal With the Effects of Stress

Featured photo credit: Christian Erfurt via unsplash.com

Reference

Read Next