How to Ensure Your Child Eats a Healthy Organic Diet
Getting a child to eat healthy can be a daunting task.
Having good food that a child can choose from and getting them involved in the process can help make this daunting task a little less so. Below are some tips to help ensure that children eat a healthy organic diet.
Teach about the Source of Food
Educating children about where food comes from is a very important tip.
Going to a local farmer’s market or to a farm and gathering the food that will be eaten can foster a lifelong appreciation and love of good food and good eating habits.
Planting a garden of one’s own is another good way to instill the love of the earth and the environment and teach about organic eating all at the same time.
Get Children Involved with Meals
If children are involved in the planning, shopping and preparations of meals, it inspires an investment in the process, and in turn makes the child more likely to eat the food being made. Even very young children of toddler age can help make choices by putting together a grocery list.
Simple ideas such as fruit parfaits or frozen yogurt popsicles are good ways to get young children involved in healthy eating practices.
Being armed with good nutritional information is a key factor in making sure children are eating good, organic food. Always read labels and become educated on what everything on a label means. A good source of information for finding healthy foods is looking to the internet for educational materials.
Making Healthy Snacks
If the kitchen is only stocked with healthy treats, then by default that is what the child will eat. Stock these healthy treats on shelves and in cabinets that children can reach without help. That way the choice is being made by the child to eat healthy. Another good spot to stock healthy snacks is in the car, as children are often in the car for a good portion of the day.Some good choices include carrot sticks, sliced apples, whole grain crackers, raisins, light popcorn, and bottled water.
Eating the five servings of vegetables and fruit a day doesn’t just have to come from food. Smoothies and many mixed fruit drinks can contain these servings in a delicious drink. Some suggestions for these drinks are mango lassie and watermelon slush. This can be a fun way for children to try new fruits and vegetables.
Freedom to Choose
Like most adults, children like the idea of having choice
Offering a base meal – for instance, rice and beans with whole wheat tortillas and lean taco meat – is a good place to start. The choice comes in when the child chooses what to top the base meal with. In this case the choices could be lettuce, chopped tomatoes, cabbage, salsa,cheese, parsley, jicama, peppers, and much more.
If pasta is on the menu, the choices could be anything from healthy sauces to healthy cheeses to herbs. This also works well for snack time. You can offer up a base and let the child choose the rest.
Adults are Role Models
Many studies have shown that children’s taste in food is directly related to what mom likes and dislikes. Making sure the child sees that mom eats and orders healthy food, such as salad instead of a burger, could encourage the child to eat and be mindful in the same way.
Children need multiple exposures to new foods in order to garner an appreciation for that food.
This simply means don’t give up trying to introduce new food. Maybe don’t offer the same new food every night but be persistent. This will pay dividends in the end. Teaching healthy eating habits early is important. Use every meal opportunity as a teachable moment. This helps even very young children to make healthy food choices.
Clean Eating Vacation Meal Planning
Whenever our family goes on vacation, the temptation of eating out at every fast food joint and other crap while on holiday is so tempting! I mean given the fact that I am pregnant and craving so much, I am so tempted to devour a load of Chicken McNuggets and the tasty but very unhealthy McDonald’s fries. Especially while I am on holiday, but I stop and remember a very important thing.
Whether I am home or on holiday, I have to keep up with my clean eating regimen. Firstly, I want to stay healthy and be around for a long time for my husband, my son and the new arrival on the way. Secondly, I want to instill good eating habits into my son’s psyche, and the same goes for the new one on the way! I want my husband around for a long time too so this way he will be encouraged to eat clean if I am being a great example for him.
Even though there is nothing wrong with enjoying a treat every now and then (and I encourage it because deprivation only hinders, not helps), I want to stick to clean eating regardless of whether I am on holiday or not.
If you are looking into eating clean all the time regardless of what day it is, or where you are or what is happening in your life- the shift from eating whatever is convenient to eating completely healthy doesn’t have to be so difficult with the proper tips, tricks and planning.
So if you want to not go crazy and eat junk while you are on vacation with your family, young or not- I have an idea for you.
While you are planning your trip, be sure to include healthy foods to bring on board. Examples are: protein bars, oatmeal, cocoa roasted almonds, apples, squeezable applesauce, protein powder (for yourself), water and seltzer water. Those snacks will tie you over whether you are traveling by car or plane. Be sure to create a meal plan for each day you are on vacation too!
As soon as you end up at your destination, remember that most accommodations have a fridge and microwave, and even oven in one room. Be sure of that before booking anything beforehand. Go to the grocery store after settling and get some fruits, veggies, and other healthy snacks.
Now there is nothing wrong with eating out because when you are on holiday you can certainly eat out sometimes (for health and budget reasons) but look at the healthiest options on the menu. For instance, instead of going for a burger and fries, go for grilled chicken with veggies.
Another tip is to avoid the unhealthy breakfast choices that are served in hotels such as sausages, pancakes, fried eggs, and so on. Instead, have oatmeal, fruit and a whole grain bagel is the much better and healthier option.
Another reason you will want to eat clean is if you do want to have a cheat night where you want to enjoy a yummy dessert like a chocolate sundae- you certainly can! But if you don’t eat clean for the rest of the day, that cheat night will not seem so special, and you will be left feeling gross all day from eating crap which will take the enjoyment out of having that treat.
Now you see how it is important to stick to a healthy eating regimen while at home or away on holidays. You will stick to healthy eating habits no matter what, and enjoy those special rare cheat moments- that will not affect you at all if you keep it rare.
So therefore, if you are going away and looking for healthy eating ideas, now you have them- and have a healthy and happy vacation!
Risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome for Teenagers
There are hundreds of things that we think about every single day, so there is going to be small stuff that slips our minds. We may forget about the trash or to pass in assignments. Forgetfulness could also be risking your health. Leaving a tampon in for too long can cause Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Toxic Shock Syndrome was very well known in the 1980’s and 1990’s, because of the media and warnings in tampons. However, it is still a risk today. In 2016, Emily Pankurst left a tampon in for 9 days. She was stressed about exams and forgot to change her tampon. She nearly died, but she survived, thanks to serious medical care. However, she is not the only one who has faced the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome. Each year, around 1 in 100,000 women between 15 and 44 years of age report a case of Toxic Shock Syndrome associated with using a tampon.
Men are also at risk. Toxic Shock Syndrome is not only caused by tampon use, it is just more common with tampon use. Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets is one of the men who has died from TSS. TSS is caused by foreign objects in our bodies and the bacteria that can be on them. Our white blood cells try killing the bacteria, but when the bacteria builds up, the blood cells will start attacking itself in confusion.
What is Toxic Shock Syndrome?
This can be an embarrassing question to ask because there are warnings about TSS in every tampon instruction pamphlet and other period items. Most people think that it is a horrible disease that women get from tampons. However, TSS is not a disease on its own. TSS is a complication of a bacterial infection where the white blood cells try to kill off the bacteria, but the streptococcus can produce a toxin named Toxic Shock Syndrome Toxin 1 or TSST-1. TSST-1 causes the white blood cells to go into shock and the infection spreads. A fever starts and quickly rises as the body tries to kill the infection with heat.
If left untreated, the infection and TSST-1 can cause multi-organ failure. There is the risk of the infection entering the bloodstream, even if the bacteria starts in an isolated area. This can happen due to the micro scratches that can be caused by tampons.
There are other causes of TSS, but TSST-1 is the most common cause of tampon-related cases.
All-Cotton Tampons Do Not Remove the Risk of TSS
There are mixed studies about if all cotton, organic tampons can reduce the risk of TSS. Many tampons are perfumed and are designed to be highly absorbent. However, these tampons can irritate and leave you more vulnerable to bacteria growth. A 1994 study found that all cotton tampons do not produce TSST-1, but the tests have never been able to give clear results. There was also a 1995 study that cotton-rayon tampons were no more dangerous in terms of TSST-1 than pure cotton options.
Menstrual Cups Do Not Remove the Risk of TSS
Menstrual cups are another period care product that you can pick. Like any other period care product on the market, there is still the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome if you leave it in, or if it is not clean. When properly used and cleaned, there is a very small risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome. Some women find them more comfortable and easier to remember to remove and clean than a tampon.
Organic tampons can be a better option because they are better for the environment. No matter, your choice of tampon, you should be changing them regularly.
How to Reduce the Rick of Toxic Shock Syndrome?
Reducing your risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome is easy. The best way to do this is to change your tampon regularly, basically every 4 to 8 hours. It is really rare to see someone develop TSS from having a tampon in for 12 hours, but it is still better to change it regularly. Plus, a dry tampon hurts when you take it out.
Another way of reducing your risk is to not use higher absorbency tampons than what you need. The more absorbent a tampon is, the longer you may think that you can go without changing it. Instead, use the lowest absorbency that you can use.
Many doctors recommend that you do not wear tampons overnight. The amount of time that you have a tampon in increases the risk of TSS. There is also the morning rush, which makes it easy to forget to change or remove your tampon. So, your best solution is to not use tampons overnight when you can.
Reducing the number of days you use tampons can help reduce the risk of TSS. It is best to just use tampons on your heavier days and when you are working out. The less you use tampons, the lower the risk of TSS.
Changing pads regularly is also important. If you are wearing a pad and a tampon, you should change the pad when changing the tampon. The pad could have bacteria on it, and inserting a new tampon with an old pad can increase the risk of TSS.
Good hygiene is super important when you have on your period because there is a lot of bacteria around that area. It is recommended that you wash your hands before and after inserting a tampon. If you cannot wash your hands, using a hand sanitizer can reduce the bacteria that is on your hands. An unscented hand sanitizer is recommended since perfumes can harsh on the skin. It is also important to have regular washes and/or showers during your period to fight bacteria. A daily wash can cut down on the amount of bacteria that has a chance to grow.
What are the Symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome?
TSS tends to have a sudden onset of symptoms with a high fever that seems to come out of nowhere. If you get ill quickly after using a tampon, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Most of the early symptoms of TSS look a lot like the flu, but there are some symptoms that really stand out. There is usually a rash that resembles a sunburn, even with the heat and peeling skin that sunburns have. More severe symptoms can include headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, and confusion.
If you start having any symptoms of TSS after using a tampon, you should seek medical attention right away. It could be the flu or it could be TSS, so it is not worth the risk to not have it checked out. The infection can cause massive inflammation inside the body, which can rapidly cause organ damage or even death.
Antibodies have saved many people who have had TSS, but it is better to catch it early.
TSS has been on the decline for decades. However, there is still the risk of TSS happening. The amount of stress teens are under, and the number of things that they need to do in a day can make it easy to forget to change or remove a tampon. The amount of time that you can wear a tampon depends on your body, but it is recommended to change your tampon regularly. Even pads have a risk of causing TSS if they are worn too long.
PANDAS: The pediatric disorder that you should know about.
Strep throat is very painful and commonly happens around the holiday season. Most children fully recover from strep throat, but there are a few children who may not fully recover. Strep throat can trigger PANDAS or Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections.
Symptoms usually dramatic, happen ‘overnight’ or ‘out of the blue’, and could include vocal and/or vocal tics, compulsions and/obsessions. Other common symptoms are irritability or moodiness, or the child may experience anxiety attacks. This can be very worrying for both the parents and the children. PANDAS is rare, so it can be shocking when it is diagnosed. Here is what you need to know what about PANDAS.
Streptococcal or the strep bacteria are ancient organisms that survive in the human body by hiding from the immune system as long as it can. Most of the time, the bacteria usually hides itself on the cell walls, so it looks like the tissue that is found in the skin, heart, joints, and brain tissue. This hiding is called ‘molecular mimicry’ and it allows the bacteria to avoid detection.
However, the strep bacteria are eventually found and the immune system reacts to the bacteria by starting to produce antibodies. Due to the molecular mimicry, the immune system reacts to not only the strep bacteria, but also the tissue molecules that were mimicked. This allows the antibodies to ‘attack’ the child’s own tissues. This can cause damage to the child’s body, including the brain.
How is PANDAS Diagnosed?
PANDAS is a clinical diagnosis, which means there is no lab test that is able to diagnose PANDAS. However, there is a diagnostic criterion that is used by healthcare providers to make the diagnosis of PANDAS. Right now, the clinical features of PANDAS are the only means of determining if a child may have the illness.
PANDAS criteria are:
-Pediatric onset of symptoms
-Presence of a tic disorder and/or obsessive-compulsive disorder
-Episodic course of symptom severity
-Abrupt onset or worsening of symptoms
-Association with neurological abnormalities
-Association with group A Beta-hemolytic streptococcal infection
If the symptoms are present for more than a week, then blood tests can be done to document if there has been a preceding streptococcal infection.
There are PANDAS symptoms that children often experience. This could be one or more of the following symptoms along with the tic disorder and/or obsessive compulsive disorder.
-Changes in motor skills
PANDAS Symptoms are Episodic
Children with PANDAS often have dramatic ups and downs in their tics and/or OCD. Tics or OCD are almost always present at relatively consistent levels, not as an episodic course. Most children with tics or OCD have good days and bad days. However, PANDAS have a very sudden onset or worsening of symptoms, which are usually followed by a gradual improvement. If a child with PANDAS gets sick with another strep infection, the symptoms will get worse again. Most of the time, the increased symptoms usually last for several weeks, but they can sometimes last months or even longer.
If My Child has had Strep Throat Before and He has OCD, Tics, or Both. Does that mean that they have PANDAS?
No. Many children have tics and/or OCD, and nearly all school-aged children will have strep throat at some point. On average, a grade-school student will have a minimum of two or three strep infections every year.
PANDAS is considered a diagnosis when there is a close relationship between the strep infection and the onset or worsening of the child’s tics and/or OCD. If strep is found in conjunction with two or more episodes of tics, OCD, or both, then it may be diagnosed that the child has PANDAS.
Can Adults Develop PANDAS?
PANDAS is considered a pediatric disorder. Typically, it first appears during childhood with most children ranging from age 3 to puberty. Most times, it is uncommon for PANDAS to appear after the age of 12, but researchers state that it is possible, but rare. This means that it would be very unlikely for a person to develop PANDAS as an adult, since this has been fully studied.
The best treatment for PANDAS acute episodes is to treat the strep infection causing the symptoms with antibiotics, if it is still present.
A throat culture should be done to see if the strep bacteria are present. If the culture comes back positive, a single course of antibiotics is most times enough to treat both the infection and the PANDAS symptoms. If the throat culture is negative, other tests may be done to ensure that the infection is not hiding as another illness. Most of the time, this is rare, but it is problematic since the infection can take longer to treat and other antibiotics may be required to fully fight off the infection.
Behavioral Therapies and Medications
Children who have PANDAS-related obsessive-compulsive symptoms can benefit from behavioral therapies and medications. OCD symptoms are best treated with a combination of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Tics can also respond to medications.
PANDAS can have side-effects with medications, so it is important to start with a low dosage when taking these medications. If the PANDAS symptoms worsen, the medications should be returned to a lower dosage. Most times, stopping medications abruptly can cause difficulties or even make the symptoms worse.
Can Penicillin Be Used to Treat PANDAS or Prevent Future Symptoms?
Penicillin does not specifically treat PANDAS. However, it does treat a sore throat by killing the bacteria in the mouth and throat. Research suggests that the antibodies the body produces in response to the strep infections are the cause of the PANDAS symptoms, not the strep bacteria itself.
There are also ongoing studies at the NIMH to determine if using antibiotics could be a form of prophylaxis or to prevent future problems. However, there is not enough evidence at this time to recommend the long-term use of antibiotics to treat PANDAS.
Replace Toothbrushes After Each Antibiotic Treatment
This is a simple way of reducing the risk of re-infection. When a child starts antibiotics and after they are done, they should have a new or sterilized toothbrush. A new toothbrush is recommended because sterilizing a toothbrush may not kill all the bacteria in it.
Children should also avoid sharing utensils because sharing utensils poses the risk of bacteria being spread. The strep bacteria can live in the human body for months without showing any symptoms, so there is no way of being a 100 percent sure that someone does not have the bacteria. The best option is for everyone to have their own utensils and avoid sharing food.
Strep Throat is very common in school-age children, and most children get sick with these infections each year. Strep throat is rarely dangerous, but there is the risk of a child developing PANDAS. PANDAS is rare, but it can have lifelong effects. The symptoms usually come and go, but they can be treated with therapy and medications. If you are worried that your child may have PANDAS, you should speak with your doctor about your concerns.
Benefits of B Vitamins for Children, and Natural Sources of B Vitamins
Several years ago I discovered the benefits of B vitamin for children when my son was having pretty bad anxiety. He wouldn’t sleep in his bed alone and didn’t want to go to school. He became pretty obsessive on things. B vitamins and acupuncture completely changed him for the better. I didn’t give him any supplements I just changed his diet to add them in with food. Here is some info on why B vitamins are so important.
There are many vitamins and minerals that parents need make sure that their child are getting enough every day. It is easy to overlook the most important vitamins including B vitamins.
B vitamins are extremely beneficial for our overall health. It is widely acknowledged that B vitamins play an important part in the physical growth and mental development of children. There are 8 B vitamins, and each has its own benefits. Let’s look at why each type of Vitamin B is important for kids.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
This B Vitamin is responsible for energy production. It also is important for maintaining healthy skin, hair, and nails. It also aids in brain functions and mental focus.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), and Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
These B vitamins are important for converting food into energy. They aid in improving mental focus and increasing brain functions. These vitamins also maintain healthy hair, skin, and nails.
Vitamin B6 (Pyriodoxine)
Pyridoxine is important because it lowers the risk of anxiety by helping tryptophan convert into serotonin and niacin. Serotonin helps with healthy sleep cycles, mood, and appetite, and niacin is important for healthy nerve function. This vitamin also helps with red blood cell production and immune system function.
Vitamin B7 (Biotin)
Biotin is important for breaking food down into energy since it helps reduce blood sugars. It is important for the body because it helps make and break down fatty acid, which is needed for healthy nails, skin, and hair.
Vitamin B9 (Folate)
Folate works with Cobalamin (Vitamin B12) and Vitamin to use proteins in a person’s body. Vitamin B9 is essential for red blood cell production and healthy brain development, which extremely important for pregnant women and growing children.
Vitamins B12 (Cobalamin)
Cobalamin is necessary for optimal brain development and functions because it reduces the chances of depression and other mental illnesses. It is also important for constant red blood cell production. Cobalamin also aids in digestion and improves the body’s intake of iron. This is the B vitamin that affects all aspects of health in both children and adults.
Should You Add B Vitamin Supplements to Your Child’s Routine?
Vitamin B complex vitamins can contain some or all of the 8 B vitamins, and at different percentages. There are also daily vitamin supplements that contain B vitamins. These supplements have a list of what vitamins are in them. Vitamin supplements are recommended for children who are not getting enough vitamins in their daily diet. It is important to speak with a medical professional before adding vitamin supplements to a child’s daily routine.
The amount B vitamins that kid’s need depend on their age and lifestyle. If you are worried about if your child is getting enough B vitamins, you should talk to your family doctor. You can also increase the amount of B vitamins that are in their diets because many of the B vitamins can be found in food. This makes it easy to add them to an omnivore, vegetarian, or vegan diet. Here is how you can easily add B vitamins to your children’s diet.
Baker’s Yeast (active yeast) and Nutritional Yeast (non-active yeast)
Both baker’s yeast and nutritional yeast are great options when you are looking to add more B vitamins to your children’s diet. Yeasts contain Vitamin B1, B3, B5, B6, B9, and B12. Yeast can be found in many foods like bread, pasta, cereals, and fermented foods.
Lentils are one of the best ways of adding B vitamins to a diet. They are inexpensive, easy to cook, and are a great meat alternative. Lentils can easily be added to soups, and chilies to boost the Vitamin B levels.
Split peas are legumes that are very easy to overlook, but they are packed with Vitamin B1, B5, and folate. They also contain a good amount of protein and fibre, while they have little to no fat. They can be eaten raw as a snack or they can be added to soup.
Spinach is super healthy, even though a lot of kids hate it without even trying these tasty leaves. Spinach is high in fiber, iron and B vitamins. Spinach does not have a lot of taste so it is very easy to sneak it into smoothies with other pigmented fruits like blueberries and blackberries. However, kids should also be encouraged to try spinach in salads and other meals.
Mushrooms are great for kids since they don’t just contain B vitamins, they also contain vitamin D. Vitamin D can also be found in animal products, but mushrooms are a great option for vegan and vegetarian diets.
Seeds are a great snack for kids because they are easy to carry that are high in fibre, protein, and vitamins. There are many seeds that have B vitamins in them such as pumpkin, squash and sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds are high in vitamins B1, B5, and B6. The best part of adding seeds to kid’s diets is that they can take sunflower seeds to school because they are peanut free.
Soybeans and products made from soybeans are high in fiber and protein. They are also a good source of lecithin, which improves the emulsification of fat, lowers cholesterol, and improves the function of the gallbladder. Studies done in Japan have found that soybeans can help reduce the risk of childhood obesity. Soybean products are used in many vegetarian and vegan recipes as a meat alternative.
Eggs are a good source of B Vitamins, but only in their yolks. It is recommended if you are going to eat eggs regularly that you choose free range eggs, or omega – 3 eggs (these chickens are fed flax seed to boost omega-3 levels). You should also make sure that eggs are cooked thoroughly because uncooked egg whites contain avidin, which will bind to the biotin in the eggs and reduces the body’s absorption of these vitamins.
Should I Worry About a Vitamin B Deficiency?
A Vitamin B deficiency is when you are not getting enough vitamin B in your diet and it can happen at any age. Vitamin B deficiencies in children can have lifelong effects, depending on how long the deficiency is. This is why it is important for children to eat a healthy diet, which contains a wide variety of foods.
Vitamin B deficiency has symptoms that are not noticeable until it is worrying and starting to affect your child’s overall health. A worrying sign that you should take your child to a doctor about a vitamin B deficiency is that their balance is off, or they are wobbly or dizzy. Another sign of vitamin B deficiency is if they have a tough time focusing on tasks or remembering.
B vitamins are important for how children develop and their overall health. So, making changes in their diet is a great option to improve their B vitamins levels. There are many foods that contain high levels of B vitamins, along with other important nutrients. If you are worried that your child is not getting the daily amount of nutrients they need, you should speak with your family doctor about your concerns and find out if your child has a deficiency in any nutrient.
We all want to keep our smiles looking great, but most of the time using a mouthwash could be doing more harm than good. Think about this, when Listerine was first released it was marketed as a surgical antiseptic and a powerful floor cleaner. The internet is also full of shocking things that Listerine can clean, so how safe it is really?
Mouthwash has been around for thousands of years, and there is evidence that people have been using mouthwash as far back as 2700 BC in China. These mouthwashes were simple saltwater rinses, and were used to treat gum disease.
Alcoholic mouthwashes that are popular today started in the 1600’s and were used to kill bacteria in the mouth. However, they would not be effective until the 1900’s. Listerine was created in the 1870’s and was originally created as an antiseptic. It was re-marketed in the 1920’s and its sales increased by 8000% in 10 years when it became a mouthwash. Today, we have dozens of options to pick from, but are any of them actually good for us?
The Downsides of Mouthwash
Most of us would never question using mouthwash, but a new study has found a link between mouthwash and diabetes. The study was published in the journal Nitric Oxide. The study followed 1206 people for over three years and found that people who used mouthwash twice a day were 30 percent more likely to have developed either pre-diabetes or diabetes.
However, mouthwash does not only increase our risk of diabetes. There are many other downsides of using mouthwash regularly. Here are just a few.
1. It Works Too Well
Like hand sanitizers, mouthwash kills all bacteria in your mouth. Yes, your mouth is full of bacteria. But that is a good thing. The bacteria that naturally live in your mouth can protect you from dangerous bacteria that we breathe in or eat.
Many types of mouthwash are antibacterial, so they kill all the bacteria, even the good ones. This causes us to become sicker more often.
The loss of the bacteria also reduces the production of nitrites. Nitrites help your blood vessel to contract and expand efficiently. A study found that the lower nitrite production can cause an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
2. It Does Not Substitute for Brushing and Flossing
When you use mouthwash regularly, it can feel like your mouth is clean, when it really is not. It is like spraying a car down with a strong hose since some dirt comes off, but there is still some dirt and grime attached. A healthy and clean mouth requires regular brushing and flossing. If you substitute brushing and flossing for mouthwash, you are putting yourself at risk for cavities, gingivitis, and other oral healthcare issues.
3. Oral Cancer
The University of Glasgow researchers found that using mouthwashes that contained alcohol more than three times a day could increase the risk of developing oral cancer. These findings support research conducted in Australia in 2009. However, the ADA (American Dental Association) has been debating the question of if mouthwashes with alcohol are safe for decades.
4. Tooth Sensitivity
There are a lot of things that we eat and do daily that can cause tooth sensitivity. Most times, using a mouthwash too often or using the wrong one can also do this. Many times, the alcohol and other chemicals that are meant to kill the bacteria in our mouths can make tooth sensitivity worse. This is especially true if your dentin is exposed.
Whitening mouthwashes are the worst option because they have harsher chemicals in them to remove stains and make our teeth look whiter. These chemicals can destroy enamel, leading to tooth sensitivity.
Some mouthwashes are designed to help with tooth sensitivity. However, most only numb or make a thin barrier to protect the teeth for a short amount of time.
5. There is Sugar or Chemical Sweeteners In Them
If mouthwashes were to taste like their main ingredients, no one would want them. They would taste like pure alcohol or would taste very bitter. This is why nearly all mouthwashes that you find in stores have flavors added to them, like mint. However, most flavors added are made with high amounts of sugar or chemical sweeteners. This has been a problem with many oral care products for decades and it is only now being addressed. Oral care products for kids have been a major concern because of the sugar and sweeteners that could be in their flavors.
Washing your mouth out with sugar or a chemical sweeteners means you are allowing the bacteria that is formed by sugar to come back sooner, and your body does not have its natural bacteria to break it down. This can lead tooth decay and sensitivity.
6. Masks Oral Health Issues
Oral health is very important because it can affect our overall health. Chronic bad breath is a side effect of many oral health issues, and also some digestive issues. Instead of using mouthwash to mask your bad breath, you should be looking for the cause of the bad breath.
7. Dry Mouth
The regular use of alcohol-based mouthwashes has been found to dry out the mouth. This can cause worse bad breath, tooth sensitivity, and cavities. The lower spit production can also lead to more throat issues like coughs and problems swallowing.
8. Not Safe for Consumption
Many types of mouthwash say they are not for consumption, and to avoid swallowing it. This is mainly due to the fact that the alcohol in mouthwashes is a high percentage, and many other ingredients in mouthwashes are not meant to be consumed at all. This is one of the main reasons why mouthwashes are not recommended for children. If you do swallow some mouthwash, you will most likely be fine. However, it can painful or even deadly if you were to consume a lot of mouthwash.
Are Any Mouthwashes Safe?
There are mouth rinses that are prescribed by dentists if you are having periodontal surgery or oral health care problems. You should follow your dentist’s instructions if you are prescribed a mouth rinse.
There are some safer options that you can use if you want to continue using a mouthwash. A simple salt rinse is one of the best options when you have a cold sore or a sore throat. It can be made using warm (not hot) water and salt, and you just need to swish it around your mouth. The salt helps kill the harmful bacteria that is causing the pain. If you continue having a sore throat or a painful cold sore, you should talk to your dentist or doctor.
Oil pulling can also be a great option to help keep your mouth clean. Oil pulling is an ayurvedic healing treatment, which removes toxins from the body. It is done by swirling a tablespoon of olive, sesame, or coconut oil around your mouth for 5 to 20 minutes. After swirling the oil around, spit it out, rinse your mouth, and then brush and floss your teeth. This can be very relaxing for some people and offers many benefits including whitening teeth.
It can be very tempting for people to use mouthwashes at times because we are very worried about oral health care and bad breath. However, regular brushing and flossing is usually more than enough to keep your mouth healthy. The risk of becoming sick from using mouthwash is simply not worth having a minty fresh mouth.
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