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Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene is the drill to keep the mouth clean and is considered the best way of preventing cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, and other dental disorders. It also helps to prevent bad breath. Dental hygiene is essential for all people to maintain the health of their teeth and mouth. A good set of healthy teeth have fewer cavities. They are clean and have minimal or no plaque deposits. The most common dental problems such as cavities or gum disease can interfere with your ability to eat and speak properly, recurring pain, and bad breath. Many people may not understand that poor dental health can have a significant, negative effect on the areas outside of the mouth, including the heart, diabetes, and chronic inflammation, such as arthritis.

What are the indications of a serious dental problem?

It is of paramount importance to consult your dentist if you experience pain, bleeding gums, tenderness, swelling, and both inside and outside the mouth. One should also not ignore blisters and ulcers that don’t heal even with medicines. If there are any visible changes in color or texture of the soft tissues, you should immediately consult your dentist. These could all indicate a possibly serious condition, such as mouth cancer or chronic gum disease.

How should you practice good dental hygiene?

  • 1. The first rule of oral hygiene is not to go to bed without brushing your teeth. The universal recommendation is to brush at least twice a day, and brushing before bed helps clear off the germs and plaque that accumulate throughout the day.
  • 2. The technique of brushing is of equal importance. In fact, brushing your teeth poorly is equivalent to not brushing at all. At a leisurely pace, move the toothbrush in gentle, circular motions to remove plaque. The accumulated plaque can harden, leading to the build-up of calculus and early gum disease.
  • 3. Don’t disregard your tongue, as the plaque can also accumulate on your tongue. It will not only cause bad mouth odor, but it can lead to other oral health problems. Hence gently brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth.
  • 4. Drink plenty of water and keep the body hydrated as the water is considered to have a healthy effect on your overall health, including oral health. After every meal, drinking water can help clear out some of the adverse effects of sticky and acidic foods and beverages.
  • 5. Reduce your intake of sugary and acidic foods as the sugar converts into acid in the mouth, which can then erode the teeth’ enamel. These acids are the reason for the cavities. Acidic fruits such as oranges, teas, and coffee can also wear down the tooth enamel.
  • 6. Try to use fluoride toothpaste. When choosing toothpaste, there are more important factors to be considered other than its whitening capacity and flavors. But the main consideration while opting for toothpaste is that it should contain fluoride. This is because fluoride is leading protection against tooth decay. It helps fight the germs that cause decay, as well as providing a protective barrier for your teeth.

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