How Being in Shape and Having a Healthy Mouth Correlate

Homeostasis:

to maintain internal equilibrium even when outside forces are acting against the organism

When one part of your body is not functioning at its optimal level, it may hurt other parts of your body. This goes to explain why maintaining a healthy set of pearly whites helps your overall health! That being said, humans should still engage in healthy exercise and maintain a good dental hygiene routine to keep your physical and mental health in shape.

Why it’s important to keep a healthy lifestyle

Maintaining an active lifestyle is key to longevity. With an active lifestyle people report higher levels of happiness and decreased levels of stress. Going out into the world, breathing the fresh air and getting your blood pumping has many benefits. Here in sunny Southern California, many fitness gurus conduct training sessions in the morning on the beach. The sand helps add a secondary element to the training that is hard to mimic in a closed off gym. Others prefer more low-impact training sessions like swimming or elliptical trainings. StreetStrider, a standing mobile elliptical bike, is at the forefront of bringing the popular low-impact elliptical out into the streets. For those over 45, it is best to also do low-impact activities to prevent injuring joints.

The Importance of a Healthy Smile

It is quite important to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss regularly. However, to my surprise I found that not a lot of people floss, some even go to bed without brushing their teeth. Having a good oral cleansing routine not only helps ward off bad breath, but also plaque, cavities, and the deterioration of your teeth. Additionally, there may be one more important reason to brush your teeth. According to researches, if a person has gum disease it may increase the risk of more serious healthy conditions, even some affecting the heart. These serious health problems included, but were not limited to heart attacks, strokes, poorly controlled diabetes and scarily enough preterm labor.

This brings us back to our homeostasis lesson above. If a person does moderate exercise 3-5 times a week, it will benefit them in the long run. A lot of people say they don’t have “time”. However, think back to the last time that you watched a television show. You probably didn’t stop after the first or second one. If you swap out one television show every other day, and instead engage in a low impact activity to begin with you will get into the habit of working out. With certain models of the StreetStrider elliptical bicycle, you can also convert it to a stationary bike. This leaves you with no excuse since you’ll be able to work out in the comfort of your home!

Now, don’t be a statistic, brush your teeth, don’t forget to floss, and get moving!


What to Eat After Tooth Extraction

As part of the after tooth extraction healing regimen, there are foods that you are advised to eat while there are also foods that you need to avoid. Knowing what food to eat will speed up the recovery process of the affected area. Here are some recommendations from the dentists: 

Ice Cream 

Ice cream is the best food to eat after tooth extraction. It’s soft and cool which is what you need in the first place. Its coldness helps minimize the risk of developing swelling after the surgery. So even if you have sensitive teeth, you can take the little discomfort by eating ice cream as it does a lot of help. Soft serve ice cream works better as you don’t need a lot of muscles to eat it. Avoid ice creams with mixed solid foods such as almonds, nuts, and sprinkles. Eat ice cream over a cup, not on a cone. 

Cold Soup 

Cold Soups are also recommended for nursing a gum after tooth extraction. Pureed soups from vegetables that are fresh and cold are a great food to comfort the surgical site. Try gazpacho or cold chicken soup with just the broth and pasta on it. Cold soups are not only easy to eat but it also contains nutrients and proteins that help relax facial muscles. Make a soup as smooth as possible before eating it.  You can add some cooked and soft vegetables and pasta. Just make sure you will not add in anything that will require a lot of effort in chewing it. 

Smoothies 

Even if you didn’t undergo tooth extraction, a smoothie on a hot day is all you need to get by.  You can blend together your favorite fruits, together with yogurt or milk, and shaved ice. As we discussed earlier, cold foods help prevent gum swelling, while dairy products like yogurt or milk make the smoothie less acidic. This is good to prevent the gums from getting irritated. 

Scrambled eggs 

Scrambled eggs are easy to chew. As long as it is not too hot, you can have it even the day you had your tooth extracted. They have high protein content which helps repair any tissue damaged during the operation. 

Now, there are foods you want to avoid as they may trigger discomfort on the surgical area. Dentists Ontario CA advise you to avoid eating spicy and acidic foods, crunchy snacks, nuts, rice, or any grains that can go to the surgical site and put pressure on it, causing it to bleed.