This article here has a few quick and simple dos and don’ts that you can and should abide by in order to maintain oral health and prevent any issues.
Oral health is one aspect that is frequently overlooked and neglected when it comes to overall health, simply because it is not seen as a priority to most. If we had symptoms and were suffering from say chest pain, high fever or vomiting most would rush to seek medical assistance at the earliest; why don’t people do the same for oral health? Oral health is definitely not a small part or something that should be given a back seat. Daily functions such as communication, nutrition etc. are easily affected by dental issues. This should make it all the more important to move oral health to the top of the list.
Without further furor, let’s get on with the dos and don’ts.
- Do brush at least twice in a day. Regular brushing is recommended for good oral hygiene. Not just teeth but brush your entire mouth – cheeks, tongue, gums etc. these parts too have bacteria which need to be washed away and cleaned. Brushing first thing in the morning and just before going to bed is ideal.
- Do floss. Not just brushing but flossing is another integral part of oral hygiene. Brushing doesn’t get into the nooks and crannies and in-between teeth where food particles tend to get lodged in. Floss, floss, floss and eliminate the debris stuck in between. An added advantage – you can get rid of bad breath with flossing.
- Do use new toothbrushes every 3 months. In due course time, bristles break down and become less effective. You need the brush to work optimally in order to remove the plaque else brushing becomes counterproductive.
- Do brush after every meal. Brushing after every meal would be ideal but if you cannot brush after every meal, make sure you rinse your mouth and get rid of the excess food stuck here and there which can attract bacteria.
- Do brush gently. When you brush, brush gently. Harsh brushing or hard brushing can lead to gum diseases and other dental complications which again makes brushing ineffective. Although brushing is recommended, do it the right way for it to be fruitful.
- Do pay attention and recognise oral health issues. Ignoring early signs of dental problems is the main cause of serious dental problems. Most often root canals and extractions can be avoided altogether provided that early and correct intervention is undertaken.
- Last but not least, do visit the dentist regularly. This is the best way to catch your problems and fix them before they fester into something serious.
- Don’t smoke. Not only is smoking harmful wherein it causes mouth, tongue and lip cancer among others but it also stains the teeth.
- Don’t play any sport without a mouth guard. Especially contact sports like rugby, wrestling etc. require mouth guards which protect your teeth from getting chipped or even knocked out.
- Do not overeat sugary or sticky foods. Sugar is the biggest enemy of oral health. Sugars are the basic foods for the bacteria in your mouth which allows them to thrive. Hence, overindulgence can cause some severe dental problems. Sticky substances get stuck on teeth and surrounding surfaces which tend to trap bacteria and allowing them to thrive and multiply.
- Do not grind your teeth. Although grinding takes place without your knowledge, try to become aware of it and stop it. Over time, grinding leads to wear and tear of your teeth.
- Do not consume large quantities of acidic food. Foods and beverages that are high in acids can make teeth sensitive, discolour them and also erode them over time. After consumption of these types of food and beverages, rinse your mouth instantaneously and scrupulously.
- Do not skip the visit to the dentist. Oral health contributes to overall health. Maybe you should keep this in mind and make time on a regular basis to visit the dentist. Thrice a year is a good bargain to make certain your mouth is in fine fettle and problem free!
These are simple dos and don’ts which anyone and everyone can abide by. A healthy body equals good and healthy oral health. Prevention is always better than cure and you need to keep this in mind. After reading this, if you haven’t already, it’s time to schedule your visit to the dentist to examine what’s happening inside your mouth.
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