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How to keep your teeth and gums healthy?
Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Poor oral health affects the eating, speaking, and socializing abilities of a person. Your bright smile and straight healthy teeth are not the signs of your perfect mouth health. Do you care for basic oral hygiene? Careless brushing of teeth, no use of mouthwash, and doing floss only once or twice a month are the reasons for having a mouth full of bacteria and tartar. This plaque, tartar, and bacteria cause gum diseases such as Gingivitis, moderate and advance periodontitis.

Advance periodontal diseases cause:

  • Bad breath
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Teeth loss
Problems, problems, and more problems:

According to researches, bad oral health can cause some other health issues like Alzheimer’s and heart diseases. This issue may further increase to speech problems, malnutrition, and other issues in the personal and professional life of an individual.

What is the solution?

Good oral hygiene is the solution to prevent cavities, gum infection, and tooth loss. We can prevent these problems with proper dental care not only at home but in the dental office too. Some excellent practices that can keep your teeth and gums healthy are:
  • Brushing without aggression
Brushing your teeth twice a day is very important to practice that helps to protect your teeth and gums. But it is also important to use a soft-bristled brush or electric toothbrush. There is no need for scrubbing your teeth and gums but use soft strokes and brush gently. You have to use toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Floss with care
Flossing removes plaque and bacteria present between the teeth it also prevents bad breathing by removing food and debris trapped between your teeth. For good oral health, it is recommended by professionals to floss every day. But flossing requires attention because doing it in a wrong way can cause pain.
  • Consider good mouthwash
Mouthwash with antibacterial ingredients, Chlorhexidine, and with certain essential oils helps to control Gingivitis and controls plaque. Mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing and flossing but it compliments these practices.
  • Avoid starches and sugary food
Consumption of sugar can lead to the cavity and the excess use of starchy food such as chips, pasta, and bread can be the cause of tooth decay. Professionals recommend the intake of sugar not more than 10% of daily calories. Instead of starchy food, it is advised to intake fiber-rich vegetables and fruits. Also, avoid dairy products with added sugar.
  • Stop smoking
Smoking has not even a single benefit in anyways but it destroys the immune system and makes it difficult for the body to heal the tissues including those in the mouth. Smoking leads to yellowing of tongue and teeth, bad breath, and slows down the healing process after the dental procedure.

Regular visit to your dentist

Although you practice proper oral hygiene it is still essential to see a dentist every 6 months. Removal of hardened tartar, cleaning the teeth, and removal of plaque are the main tasks a hygienist performs during a routine dental examination visit.

Take care of your oral health:

Keep following the above-mentioned tips; maintain a healthy lifestyle with increased intake of water, and using fresh vegetables and fruits, and a regular dental visit keeps your teeth strong and healthy.
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