How Poor Oral Hygiene Can Affect Your Fitness

Is your poor oral hygiene keeping you from being healthy?

Have you heard of toothpaste called Plaque HD?  This toothpaste has been a game changer for me and an eye opener.

I am fanatical about my health which is why I call my blog Fitness Fanatic. I’m careful about my diet, workout, sleep, skin care and hair care. I thought I had everything covered. I’m even fanatical about my teeth and oral hygiene and have been since I was a child. I assumed that brushing 2 or 3 times a day and flossing at night was enough. Besides,  every dental checkup ends with my dentist telling me how beautiful my teeth are. I am golden, right? WRONG!

A few months ago my niece, who is a manager of a dental office, asked me how much plaque I had on my teeth. My answer of course was NONE! Her response was “how do you know that?” I just assumed that since I paid such close attention to my teeth I had no plaque. My teeth are white and straight and I brush 3 times a day. How could I have plaque?

WHY PLAQUE IS AN ISSUE

Since I had recently been experiencing some issues, my niece mentioned plaque. I had developed Rosacea seemingly overnight. Additionally, I developed Blepharitis, a condition of the eye associated with clogged oil glands and an overgrowth of bacteria (staph) that live along the margins of the eyelids and at the base of the eyelashes. Over time, these bacteria multiply and create a structure called a biofilm. This biofilm becomes a toxic environment — exactly like the plaque does that forms on your teeth.

There is that word again… PLAQUE! A few months ago the only plaque I was concerned about was plaque in my arteries. Was plaque on my teeth setting me up for periodontal disease? The most concerning fact; oral bacteria and inflammation is linked to heart disease, diabetes and dementia.(1)

WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT PLAQUE?

My niece recommended toothpaste called Plaque HD. I bought it from Amazon and paid extra for same day delivery. Carefully following the directions, I placed a small amount of toothpaste on my brush and gently brushed my teeth. I spit out the excess and checked my teeth in the mirror. WOW! There was a lot of green, especially in between my teeth and on my gums. I finished brushing and after a thorough rinse, my teeth felt so clean!

Check out this video of Plaque HD in action…

 

After I used Plaque HD for a month, the green highlighting is practically absent which proves it has trained me to brush better and more efficiently.

WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS…

Plaque HD was developed by a dentist who wanted to provide his patients’ with a more efficient way to clean harmful plaque from their teeth and gums. Plaque HD toothpaste uses Targetol Technology to highlight the plaque on teeth in a vibrant green so you will always know where to spend a little extra time brushing. The coloring agent is derived from plant extracts and is certified gluten free. I love the fact that I can have the healthy benefits of a clean mouth without the side effects of chemicals found in traditional plaque disclosing agents.

I also found a recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine (2) that states Plaque HD identifies and removes plaque twice as effectively as other leading toothpastes. That study is what really sold me on the product. It a real winner with plant based natural ingredients. It’s gluten free and safe for the whole family, teaching healthy brushing habits to kids and adults. Plus it tastes great.  I could not find any con’s to this toothpaste after all my research and testing.

TAKING CARE OF YOUR WHOLE BODY

As a health and fitness expert I thought I knew pretty much everything. What I’ve learned from this experience is that if you don’t take care of your whole body which includes your mouth and teeth, you may get sick which means you’ll miss gym time. Continue to ignore the importance of oral hygiene and you risk losing teeth. Try eating protein packed, muscle building chicken or steak with no teeth.

Poor oral hygiene puts you at risk for periodontal disease, heart disease, diabetes and dementia. I don’t want to invite those diseases into my life. I also don’t want to leave out the financial aspect. Periodontal disease and tooth loss can be expensive. Dental visits and dental implants could cost thousands of dollars. I do not want to dip into my retirement fund and spend money on something I could have easily prevented.

All of this can be avoided with simple daily brushings with Plaque HD.

 

 

 

References

  1. Dangers of Plaque and Gingivitis to Your Health (WebMD)
  2. Randomized Trial of Plaque-Identifying Toothpaste: Decreasing Plaque and Inflammation

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