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Dental Essentials : Good Oral Hygiene Today
"Smoking, Chewing Tobacco or eating Pan Masala is a big risk factor leading to Cancer of mouth."
Healthy teeth and gums - for life!
As you can see, it's not difficult to have healthy teeth and gums. All it takes are regular visits to the dentist, a good oral care routine that includes brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and cleaning between teeth every day. When you follow these simple steps, you'll not only feel good, you'll look good, too. Now that's something to smile about!
Good oral hygiene today a quick guide :
Brush thoroughly twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Clean between teeth daily to remove plaque from areas your toothbrush can't reach.
Eat a balanced diet; this helps keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Don't smoke or use tobacco.
Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if the bristles begin to look worn out.
Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and examination.
How does plaque harm my teeth and gums?
The bacteria in plaque react with foods we eat, to produce acids that attack and weaken tooth enamel (the hard, protective covering on our teeth.), opening the way for cavities to develop. Plaque can also irritate the gums, leading to gum disease, which, in its early stage, is called gingivitis.
Brush up on brushing
Here is one frequently recommended methods :
1.) For the outer tooth surfaces, place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards teeth.
2.) Use gentle, short strokes, moving the brush away from the gums towards teeth.
3.) Use this same motion to clean the inner tooth surfaces.
4.) Use back & forth strokes for chewing surfaces.
5.) To clean the inner front tooth surfaces, hold the brush upright and move it from inside outwards.
6.) And while you're at it, give your tongue a brushing it'll help keep your breath fresh!
7.) Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if the bristles begin to look worn out.
8.) Don't forget to brush along the gums line and make sure you reach those teeth right at the back.
Is there anything else I can do?
Keep sweets and sugary foods to a minimum. Instead, choose sugar-free foods for snacking. Good choices include vegetables, fresh fruits, bread and plain popcorn.
Don't smoke or use tobacco.
Cut down on carbonated soft drinks. Many contain acids that can damage tooth enamel.
If you can't brush right after eating, a piece of sugar-free chewing gum is a good substitute. That's because chewing gum increases your saliva, which is the mouth's built-in defence system against the development of harmful plaque.
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