Lifelong Tips for Good Oral Health

Isn’t it’s important for you to take care of your teeth as you do your body? Teeth play a very important role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

 

Lifelong Tips for Good Oral Health

 

“It is important that you brush twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride. The best times are before breakfast and last thing at night before you go to bed. 

Eating and drinking naturally weakens the enamel on your teeth, and brushing straight afterwards can cause tiny particles of enamel to be brushed away. It is best not to brush your teeth until at least one hour after eating. 

It is especially important to brush before bed. This is because the flow of saliva, which is the mouth’s own cleaning system, slows down during the night and this leaves the mouth more at risk from decay.”

Your smile is not the only thing that is important, with good dental health you can prevent many diseases. It is important for you to maintain good oral health as part of your daily routine. If this is not done problems and ill health can arise. So make sure you take care of your teeth.”

 

Many people think that digestion begins in the stomach. This is not true. Digestion begins in the mouth while chewing food. It is vital for you to chew your food properly so that the enzymes in the saliva start the pre digestion process before even swallowing the food. Food that is not chewed in the right manner can pose a problem for the stomach to process properly. All this in turn can cause digestion problems while can ultimately lead to many other diseases.

 

One of the most trouble free things that you can do to maintain good oral health is brushing your teeth. Just brushing your teeth once in a day will not be enough. It is vital for you to brush your teeth at least twice a day. It would be great for you if your brush your teeth after every meal. Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day will help you remove most of the food particles on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. You should do this with the use of the medium bristled brush. Using a harsh bristle can have adverse effects on the gums and teeth.

 

While you are brushing your teeth, do not forget to clean your gums and tongue. One of the most important tips that you must not forget is to replace your brush every three months or when it becomes frayed.

 

dental flossing

 

Another simple practice that you should incorporate is flossing. It helps to maintain clean teeth and healthy gums. It is also one of the ways to maintain good oral health. Many people think that after brushing teeth there is no need to floss. Flossing has its own advantage. Flossing can reach all the tight places between the gums where even your brush can not. This is the reason why flossing is important too. One of the most important benefits of flossing is that it can reduce the build up of plague that is the core reason for various oral problems.

 

If you have a problem using floss then it is wise for you to use the floss holders. With the use of the floss holders your task can be simplified. No matter what you use for flossing, make sure that you scrape off all the plague that has built up on your teeth.

 

Brushing and flossing is not enough if you really want good oral health. It is also very important for you to have regular dental check-ups with your dentist. Your dentist can recommend the best recall interval for your check-ups. It is not the case that you should only see your dentist when you have a problem.

 

The main reason for having a dental check up is to prevent problems that might arise, as always said prevention is better than cure. The dentist will check your mouth and provide you with the right treatment if needed.

 

The dentist will also take x-rays of your teeth if it is necessary. He/she will check the x-ray to see whether there are any cavities that he missed. X-rays can also show if there is significant bone loss. He will not only check your teeth but also your gums to make sure that they are in the right health. He will also screen your mouth for any cancer risk.

 

Foods to Avoid for Optimum Oral Health

 

Apart from all this there is one important aspect that you should not forget and that is consuming right food. One thing that worsens the condition of your teeth is sugary foods. The sugary food remains on the teeth and then combines with the bacteria in the mouth and affects the teeth adversely. This does not mean that a person should not consume sugary food. What can you do if you have a sweet tooth? There is a solution for them too. You can eat sugary food at meal times. Most of the sugars present will go to your stomach with the food. After your meal make certain that you brush and floss your teeth.

 

“This tip may seem obvious, but with high fructose corn syrup and other sugars added to so many foods, it’s always important to be aware of your sugar consumption. Sugar coats the teeth, fueling the growth of harmful bacteria. In addition, treats such as hard candies can stick to the teeth, exposing them to sugar—and the resulting growth of bacteria and acid—for longer periods of time. This makes brushing and flossing between meals and snacks very important..

Acidic foods and drinks can be just as harmful to your teeth. The acid erodes the enamel, exposing the dentine underneath. This can make the teeth sensitive and unslightly.

A diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals and fresh produce can help to prevent gum disease. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and cause bad breath. The diagram below is a good example of what you should eat as part of a healthy and balanced diet.”

 

The moral of the entire story is that, not like other parts of the body, you can achieve great dental health with care such as brushing, flossing, right diet, regular dental check up etc.  If you keep your teeth in a good condition you have the lifelong advantage of a beautiful smile and a pain free mouth. Do not forget that the dental care benefits are not only for the present but also for the future.

 


I’m Dr. Priya Patel with over 10 years of experience in the dental industry. I qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Dental Hospital in 2002 from London. I involve patients in their own treatment and enjoy seeing the improvement in a patient as their treatment progresses.

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