Oral cancer has a higher mortality rate than breast cancer and prostate cancer. Out of the estimated 49,750 patients that will be diagnosed with oral cancer, 9750 cases will unfortunately, be fatal. Research suggests that having a healthy mouth can help us ward off diseases. Poor oral health, however, increases our risk of serious health problems such as heart attacks, poorly controlled diabetes and preterm labor. Ray Kurzweil outlines the benefits of strong oral health in his book, Transcend, believing it has a major role to play in your quest to live a long life.

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In recognition of April as Oral Cancer Awareness month, we have put together some tips for optimal oral health.

  1. Talk to your doctor. One of the 9 steps outlined by Kurzweil for a long life, your dentist plays a major role in maintaining your oral health and early detection of diseases. Dentistry is all about prevention and a regular oral exam is your foundation for good oral health. They can notice subtle changes in the mouth that a regular person may miss.


  2. Brush with Purpose. The simplest way to prevent diseases and maintain supreme oral health is already at your disposal. Your toothbrush. Doctors recommend brushing your teeth properly for at least 2 ½ minutes, twice a day for a healthy mouth. While it is true that your teeth can take a little roughing, your gums are rather delicate. Hence, be careful to not brush too hard.

  3. Take Vitamin D. Over 71% of American adults take dietary supplements to maintain optimal health. We recommend taking one tablet of our “Vitamin D3 tablets” every day to maintain peak oral health. Whether you choose to join the crowd or prefer your nutrients the natural way, taking vitamin D prevents gum disease and kills harmful bacteria residing in your mouth. Foods such as salmon, portobello mushrooms, tuna, egg yolks and beef liver are rich sources of vitamin D.

  4. Limit the sugar intake. We are all aware of the negative effects of sugar on our teeth. Certain bacteria in our mouth feed off the sugar we eat, creating harmful acids that attack the enamel. Thus, if you have a sweet tooth, limit your consumption of sugary foods to mealtime. This will reduce the amount of time your teeth are under attack. We recommend switching over to Stevia as your preferred sugar substitute. It is all natural and 100 times sweeter than regular sugar!


  5. Pineapples for Shiny Teeth.  One more reason to eat this already delicious tropical fruit? It is a boon for your oral health. Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme that removes stains from your teeth. Also, eating crunchy fruits and vegetables is a natural way to whiten and clean your teeth.

 

Taking care of your mouth goes a long way to take care of your body. As always, ensuring you are providing your body with all the necessary nutrients for optimal functioning is the key to living a long, prosperous life. We hope this article sheds some light on the little things you can do maintain a healthy mouth, please let us know what you think in the comments.