February 9, 2006

Oral/dental hygiene and care

A good sense of hygiene, awareness of what to eat, dental habits and regular checkups all constitute for good oral hygiene.

Brush your teeth at least twice daily -- morning and night. Learn the correct technique of brushing your teeth from your dentist!

One should ideally visit a dentist for a routine check up at least minimum three months, to maximum six months; even though you may not suffer from any dental problem. The doctor may perform a dental procedure, which clears the accumulated plaque & tartar on the teeth that cannot be removed by the usual brushing. For a person who is suffering from a dental ailment, it can be diagnosed and accordingly a proper treatment can be given.



Most of the health tips for dental care are diet related, say renowned dentists.
Some Do’s and Don’ts
Don'tsi. Try to cut down on starchy, refined, excessively sweet and sticky carbohydrates like -- chocolate, pastries, jams, and most fast food items like pizzas and burgers.

ii. Immediate changes of hot and cold food or beverages expose the nerves to extreme temperatures, which does not give enough time to the nerves to adjust to the new temperature. This should be avoided, as it can be harmful to the teeth and gums.

iii. Aerated beverages-colas are a strict no-no!

iv. Needless to say smoking is extremely harmful for the mouth. It forms a nicotine stain on the teeth.

v. Never use tooth picks. It is not a good habit, because they dig into the gums, which in turn results in more food particles being stuck, thereby causing more damage to the teeth.
Do’si. Maintain the usual personal dental hygiene and care as mentioned above.

ii. Eat fruits and fibrous foods-like apple, cucumbers and carrots. Add some of these fruits or vegetables into your salad. These mechanically clean up the biting surface of your teeth.

iii. Chew on sugar-free gum. When you chew on sugar-free gum, there is an increase in saliva in the mouth. As a result, the acidic content in the saliva is reduced, which in turn does a mechanical cleaning of your teeth.



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3 comments:

  1. Anonymous3:27 PM

    Dental care. Flossing and brushing each day should always be part of your daily routine, and even if you don’t have dental insurance and can’t afford veneers or some other cosmetic procedure, get your teeth cleaned twice a year. It’s important for oral health…and for preventing halitosis that can render even the most beautiful face intolerable

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  2. Nice post. we should take care of our oral health to prevent from having gum diseases. home dental cleaning such as brushing and flossing can actually help to maintain the cleanliness but it is also important to visit a dentist for a comprehensive check-up and professional thoroughly cleaning.

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  3. This was a pertinent post. a fabulous article with an amazing level of detail! Dental health is an important part of your overall body health. It’s necessary to take good care of your teeth and gums to prevent cavities and gum disease. With proper preventative care, such as regular check-ups, brushing, flossing, fluoridation, and dental sealants, the risk of dental disease can be greatly reduced.

    - Jaime

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