Staying at home or working from home,
sitting long hours in front of televisions or laptop screens, eating junk food
or many other things u do in these days of lockdown must be making u little
lazy, little concern about your health. One should not waste time being binge
watching or eating only, as it leads to bad impact on your health be it
physical wellness or mental health. Instead, this crisis time should be
utilised to get into shape by exercising, eating nutritious diet, taking 8
hours of complete sound sleep, indulging in hobbies and others things u love.
While taking care of yourself , you cannot neglect your oral health as our full
body is connected ,many of systemic diseases have direct link with oral
health. Let’s begin with healthy habits
u can adopt for your oral health and hygiene;
9 steps to maintain Daily Oral
BRUSHING TWICE A DAY
Brushing your teeth twice daily for at least two times a day with fluoridated toothpaste is recommended. Make sure u brush gently with a soft bristled tooth brush with proper technique reaching all the places in your mouth for at least two minutes. It is the foremost step in keeping the tooth decay and bad breath at bay.
DIET IS IMPORTANT
Balanced diet is holistic approach .Green leafy veggies and food items rich in vitamin c are known to be best food for the tooth. It is recommended to increase the intake of citrus fruits like lemon, orange, amla in your diet for your gum health.
Dental floss is the best thing one can indulge in
their daily routine to get rid of food particles struck in-betweens two teeth
because flossing reaches places between your
teeth where your toothbrush simply cannot. Be gentle while using the thread avoiding injury to
the gums, while rubbing the floss thread wrapping it around the fingers firmly,
to get the teeth clean.
Mouth washes freshens your breath, as it contains
antiseptic ingredients that help in keeping the number of bacteria count low. It
is recommended to dilute the mouth wash solution and use it after tooth brushing
in a rinsing manner for better cleaning.
Surface of tongue serves the most comfortable ground
for the bacteria to stay and grow in numbers. It is advisable to use tongue
scrapper to clean the tongue surface as it helps in avoiding bad breathe and
clean tongue environment.
INTERDENTAL AIDS FOR CLEANING
There may be number of reasons the food particle accumulates in between the teeth surface. Decay may be the one so many aides are there for cleaning the inter dental areas – like wooden tooth picks, inter dental brushes, oral irrigators that help in better removal and faster removal of accumulated particles.
AVOID SMOKING & TOBACCO PRODUCTS
Smoking is no doubt very harmful for overall health.
Apart from causing oral cancer, it is a well known source of staining, bad
breathe, gum and periodontal diseases and apparently tooth fall. It is
recommended to quit smoking in which nicotex plays a great role.
The lesser the better, in case of sugar it is
advisable to limit the intake as sugar is
directly the cause of tooth decay. After eating foods rich in sugar, these
molecules reacts with saliva and bacteria already present in our mouth leading
to plaque formation on teeth. In the long turn, this plaque can
dissolve enamel, which leads to cavities, destroying the natural tooth
structure and causing pain.
It is very important
that you see your dentist every six months and that they give you routine
examination and recommend additional guidance and suggestions beneficial for
your oral health, that u cannot do at home by yourself.
Adapting these basic steps in the daily routine can help u conditioning the life of your teeth in a longer run and keeping your smile beautiful lifelong. After all beautiful smile is the key to your confidence. Keep smiling keep growing
Consultant Dental Surgeon