- Brush at least Twice: The basic thing that we do to our teeth is brushing twice daily. Brushing in the night is really important because the food that remains stuck after dinner gives a lot of time to the mouth bacteria. It converts into acid, which will decay the tooth with time. Now the most important thing is that just rubbing your teeth with the brush does not mean brushing. Put the brush at the junction of your gums and teeth.Make gentle to and fro strokes and then bring the strokes down. This will help clean the gum line as well and keep teeth and gums healthy. Clean the chewing surfaces of all the teeth in a circular motion. Brush for at least 1-2 minutes thoroughly.
- Use Mouthwash Daily: There are a plenty of mouthwashes available everywhere. You may choose from a variety of flavors available or can discuss with your dentist. Madhvi Nagpal mostly recommends therapeutic mouthwashes which do not stain teeth. Please remember, using mouthwash is as important as brushing, but it cannot replace brushing. It helps you clean the areas that cannot be clean by the brushing. Mouthwashes significantly decrease the amount of plaque deposited over a due course of time and treats bad breath too. If you feel that it is burning, then you may choose an alcohol-free mouthwash.
- Always Floss: Flossing plays an important role in maintaining overall oral health. Flossing helps dislodge any food particles that arestuck in between teeth but do not overdo it as can create spaces between teeth. Dental floss helps us reach the contact areas which are the most difficult surface of the teeth to clean.
- Avoiding Sticky Food: As our lifestyle is growing towards more refined food and sugars, the prevalence of tooth decay has increased drastically. Candies, chips, noodles, cheese, pizza, etc. sticks to the teeth for a longer time in comparison to fibrous food. It is completely understandable that it will be impossible to avoid all kinds of refined food.We must brush or at least rinse with water after consuming these cavity prone foods.
- Limit on Acidic Drinks:Carbonated drinks are bad for your teeth. Do you recall that strange sensation that you feel after drinking aerated drinks? That is the demineralization of your tooth enamel, which happens every time when you have carbonated drinks. It does return to normal in some time, but it can weaken the tooth structure if consumed regularly. Acidic drinks contain phosphorus, which can deplete the calcium in your teeth which will cause oral diseases.
- Say No to Smoking: Smoking can cause yellow stains on the teeth. It decreases the production of saliva and decays the teeth. Regular chewing of tobacco can lead to bad breath and other major health issues. It can progressively cause gum disease that may lead to loosening of teeth with time.
- Mind your Diet: Fibrous foods are a boon to your teeth as they help in cleaning them and the chewing activity strengthens your gums. On the other hand, Vitamin-C maintains gum health and prevents gum bleeding. Vitamin-A and Vitamin-D along with Calcium also play an integral part of maintaining oral
- Plenty of Water:Regular drinking of water ensures neutralization of acid secreted by bacteria present in our mouth, thus preventing caries. Water also flushes out any food remnants present between the teeth.
- Massage Your Gums: Gums produce a fluid known as the GCF to keep itself healthy. By massaging your gums in a circular motion, there is increased blood flow, allowing the tissue to repair. Gums should be massaged right after brushing twice daily. To be done with the household agents like sesame oil, olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil or by digital simulators.
- Quit Bad Chewing Habits: Nibbling on non-food items like pencils, pens, nails etc. damage your teeth. Chewing ice is also quite common. It creates unnatural forces which can easily chip or fracture a tooth. Also, it can puncture your gums or get stuck there causing pain between teeth.
- Avoid Clenching Your Teeth: Clenching causes grinding of teeth, leading to sensitivity to cold fluids and jaw pain. Most people who clench their teeth are not aware of the act. It happens during the night or under stress. Night guards prevent teeth from abrading or fracturing due to excessive biting forces.
- Do not Ignore Symptoms: If you feel a repetitive food lodgment in some areas between teeth, then there is a need to visit a dentist. Do not wait for the pain to set an alarm for you. Even if your gums bleed regularly, it is serious. Dental checkups every six months will monitor your health effectively.
About the Author:
Dr. Madhvi Nagpal and her team of doctors have been practicing dentistry in New Delhi, India for the last 12 years. She & her team of well-qualified doctors and assistants use the latest equipment and materials in the dental treatments. She has treated over 100 thousand patients during her practice & has a specialization in doing dental implants. Click here to know more about dental implants cost& procedure.