Doctor Oz taught us about the importance of good dental hygiene and what plaque can do not only to our teeth, but also to our heart and circulatory system. Dr. Oz’s assistant of the day, Sonya from seat 135, does not floss her teeth just like the majority of Americans! Dr. Oz said that only 10-12% of men floss regularly and 1/3 of women floss regularly.
Jonathan Levine, Dr. Oz’s dentist, said that plaque can cover your teeth and cause all kinds of dangers to your health if you don’t know how to manage it. Plaque forms 20 minutes after eating, and with 9 billion bacterias in your mouth (some are good bacteria and some are bad bacteria), if you don’t take care of your teeth the number of bad bacteria will quickly outnumber the good bacteria. You want your gums to be a pink, tight and healthy looking tissue, not a bright red and inflamed looking tissue. The first important thing to do is to brush your teeth for 2 minutes. Dr. Oz said that he puts on a song when he brushes his teeth, and he brushes his teeth until the song is over. If you don’t brush your teeth and floss often, you will get calcified plaque, which can lead to periodontal disease and bone loss, but even worse is that if you don’t brush and floss it can actually lead to cardiovascular problems because the plaque gets into your circulatory system. Dr. Oz said that if a person has a heart attack or stroke, one of the first things the doctors check are the teeth!
Home Remedies to Fight Plaque & For Healthy Teeth:
1. Eat Apples
Apples don’t only keep the doctor away, but they keep the dentist away too! Apples take stains off of your teeth and remove plaque too.
2. Eat Spinach & Cauliflower
Americans tend to have an acidic diet since we eat a lot of protein. By eating spinach and cauliflower, we raise the pH levels in our bodies so that the bad bacteria cannot grow as easily.