Dental Hygiene And Its Role in Healthy Living
Last week I went for my routine teeth clean at Keizers Mondzorg in Amsterdam. I've been using a new electric toothbrush for the last few months but am not overly impressed by the results. After speaking with Marie-Anne my hygienist there was some inflammation of my gums which needed to be addressed. Luckily I have fairly strong healthy teeth but it's important to keep your gums healthy also. I've recently been reading a lot about plastic pollution and am trying to reduce the plastic used in my daily life, however most of the toothpicks you are able to buy in pharmacy stores are made of plastic. But wooden sticks work much better than the plastic according to Marie-Anne van Lexmond, Dental Hygienist and owner of Keizers Mondzorg, as the plastic can damage the gums. The wooden toothpicks have a flattened edge which slide in-between your teeth and gums. Using a wooden toothpick is not a substitute for brushing or flossing mind though. It is considered a useful tool to prevent against tooth decay and is environmentally friendly, just make sure you dampen the toothpick before using to prevent it splintering in your mouth.
Why Is Dental Hygiene So Important?
Oral health is essential to general health and well-being at every stage of life. A healthy mouth enables not only nutrition of the physical body, but also enhances social interaction and promotes self-esteem and feelings of well-being. The mouth can provide an indication of your general and show tell tale signs for disease such as mouth lesions may be the first signs of HIV infection, aphthous ulcers are occasionally a manifestation of Coeliac disease or Crohn’s disease, pale and bleeding gums can be a marker for blood disorders, bone loss in the lower jaw can be an early indicator of skeletal osteoporosis, and changes in tooth appearance can indicate bulimia or anorexia. Gum disease or periodontal disease may cause loss of teeth, infections and other complications.In addition to complications for your teeth and gums, research has linked periodontal disease to other health problems including heart complications, strokes, diabetes complications and respiratory issues.
Also I am going to be trying the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush which is sold at Keizers Mondzorg, and comes with its own super stylish travel case and USB charger. Normally, if I'm going on a longer trip I would just take a manual toothbrush so I didn't have to take my electric toothbrush charger, but now I can still travel light with my electric toothbrush and the small USB charger. A great brush for those frequent flyers out there! Powerful sonic vibrations whip up your toothpaste into plaque-fighting bubbles, and drive them deep between your teeth and along your gum line. At the same time your teeth will experience 31,000 gentle but effective brush strokes. You'll get a month's worth of manual brushing in just 2 minutes.
Marie-Anne recommends adults get their teeth cleaned around every 4 months and children every 3. I have to confess I didn't even start seeing a dental hygienist until I was in my early 20's and in the U.K I still don't think it's common practice to see a hygienist unless you wear braces as a child. Maybe one day us Brits will not be known for having bad teeth anymore....
Anyway, if you are in Amsterdam and are looking for a dental hygienist why not book into the lovely canal house location on the Keizersgracht with Marie-Anne and her team at Keizers Mondzorg! Or you can check out their Instagram Page @keizersmondzorg for other tips about keeping your teeth in tip top shape!