“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” ~ Unless…….you got crooked teeth and bad breath, coz then you are on your own! And you aint going anywhere good!
Ensuring a healthy and clean set of teeth for yourself and your family is an often underrated yet important task. You need to take care of your oral hygiene to get that ‘SPARKLING MADHURI DIXIT SMILE’ you always wanted.
Here are few tips that can help you maintain healthy teeth for yourself and your family for life:
Brush your teeth twice a day (Everyday!):
This is the statutory warning for maintaining oral hygiene. You have to brush your teeth at least twice a day. The residue food particles in your mouth may accumulate and then solidify over the surface of the teeth to form a solid layer of plaque. This plaque can cause several gum diseases like bleeding gums which ultimately leads to tooth decay. Brushing your teeth after meals will help you avoid the formation of plaque by removing the residue.
- Replace your toothbrush after every 3 months.
- Choose the right brush with small enough bristles and head that easily reach the crevices of molars.
Rinsing your mouth after meals:
In addition, to brushing your teeth daily, you need to rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash. Using mouthwash helps you prevent problems like tooth decay and bleeding gums. Rinsing your mouth after meals kills the bacteria forming around your teeth and reduces the foul odor coming from your mouth.
- Use hot water or antibacterial mouthwashes for rinsing your mouth.
- Chewing gum after meals will increase the flow of saliva in your mouth and it neutralizes the acid that generates false odors.
- You can also for dental flossing to keep your teeth safe from the bacteria.
Consuming food items like chocolates, candies or other junk food can cause cavities in the teeth. The lifestyle and food choices of our generation make our teeth vulnerable to cavities and other dental problems. Fret not! You can protect your teeth from forming cavities by using Dental Sealants. These sealants form a thin protective layer over the chewing surface of the teeth, the molars and premolars, which reduces the chances of food residue lodging in between the teeth.
- Dental Sealants can help you provide protection against possible decays in the pits and fissures of teeth.
- Sealants can be applied to kids around the age of 6 years and more. Visit your dentist to get more information on the same.
Your diet matters a lot:
The food you consume has a major impact on the health of your teeth. Sugary food produces acids that are extremely harmful to the tooth enamel. It can cause the enamel to erode and therefore increases the chance of decay and gum problems. Rather following a balanced diet including a lot of grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts will provide you with the much-required nutrients like calcium, protein, and minerals for better and healthy teeth.
- Avoid food items like candies, chocolates, and sugary drinks to reduce the formation of acid in your mouth.
- Include more calcium-rich foods like dairy products in your daily diet.
Regular dental Check-ups:
On an average, you need to visit your dentist after every 4 months. This will allow your dentist to remove the plaque build-up on your teeth and stop it from turning into tartar. Additionally, it will allow the dentist to check for any possible sign of a disease in your teeth including any possible wear or tear, gum decay or cavities etc.
- In case you feel any complication or problem you may need to visit the dentist more frequently.
- A regular visit the dentist will allow the children to learn about several dental care habits.
Try forming these habits in the children from a young age to ensure that they grow up with a healthy and perfect set of teeth. Additionally, you will need to take care of your oral hygiene to ensure good and healthy lifestyle with minimal chances of disease, for yourself and your family.