Guest post by Dr. Ali
Editor’s Note: I’ve thought about how sitting in front of a computer can impact weight and fitness levels, but I hadn’t really thought about the potential effects this lifestyle could also have on teeth. So, I thought this guest post by Dr. Ali was something worth sharing with all of you. Tell us what you think about this in the comments section.
It may be difficult for you to comprehend that blogging may harm your teeth. The idea sounds far fetched as there seems to be no apparent relation between the two.
The fact is that blogging could harm your teeth leaving them susceptible to tooth decay. The good news is that you can easily avoid all this with a couple of simple tips.
The average blogger stays rooted to his chair engrossed in his blog for hours on end. He may be furiously typing new content to update his blog, or implementing SEO strategies to make his blog dearer in the eyes of search engines. What he does not realize is that these long hours without a break are taking a toll on his teeth apart from his eyes and body.
How does teeth get damaged?
When you sit for long hours without speech, your mouth dehydrates. There is reduction in the amount of saliva produced by your mouth due to inactivity. You might have noticed bad breath after long hours in front of the computer which is due to growth of bacteria on residual debris. Saliva plays a very important role in preventing your teeth from harm.
It does this in three ways:
- It has anti-bacterial affect on the harmful bacteria in teeth through several mechanisms.
- It maintains the PH level of your oral cavity.
- It cleanses the teeth by flushing the food debris which could be used by bacteria for growth.
Acidic PH favors the growth of decay causing bacteria. The decay causing bacteria multiply and produce acids which de-mineralize the hard tooth structure. The de-mineralized tooth structure is now more susceptible to tooth decay and process proceeds to decay the tooth.
If you are the average blogger, the above jargon might have just escaped your comprehension. In simple terms, when you sit for long hours without breaks, your mouth dehydrates and becomes susceptible to tooth decay.
How to prevent your teeth from decay
It is quite simple for you to take preventive measures against tooth decay.
So, if you are a blogger who spends large number of hours working with out breaks, you need to follow these tips:
- Take breaks from the computer every hour or so.
- Keep a bottle of water handy and take regular sips which re-hydrates your mouth.
- Chewing sugar-free gum is a very efficient way to keep your mouth hydrated.
As a fellow blogger, I would love to see you continue blogging with all your teeth intact. So, blog away and keep smiling.
So, have you ever thought about how blogging could affect your teeth? What steps are you taking to make sure blogging doesn’t negatively affect your teeth and/or your health in general?