Dr Vanya Vasudeva
As we all know, we don’t visit dentist until there is a pain in our teeth but why we all forget that mouth is the first path from where our food goes into our body. If path is not health how we can keep our body healthy. So every individual should maintain dental hygiene. Dental hygiene refers to the practice of keeping the mouth, teeth, and gums clean and healthy to prevent disease. Here are some tips for keeping teeth clean:
Don’ t go to bed without
brushing your teeth
The general recommendation is to brush at least twice a day. But brushing before bed gets rid of the germs that accumulate throughout the day.
Moving the toothbrush in gentle, circular motions to remove plaque. Unremoved plaque can harden, leading to calculus buildup and gingivitis (early gum disease).
Don’t neglect your tongue. Plaque can also build up on your tongue. This lead to bad mouth odor, Gently brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth.
Use a fluoride toothpaste
This is because fluoride is a leading defense against tooth caries. It works by fighting germs that can lead to caries, as well as providing a protection to the teeth.
Treat flossing as important
Flossing is not just for getting those little pieces of Chinese food or broccoli that may be getting stuck in between your teeth. It’s really a way to stimulate the gums, reduce plaque, and help lower inflammation in the area.
It reduces the amount of acid in the mouth, cleans interdental areas in and around the gums, and remineralize the teeth.
Drink more water
Water continues to be the best beverage for your overall health . including oral health. Drinking water after every meal can help wash out some of the negative effects of sticky and acidic foods and beverages in between brushes.
Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables
Eating fresh, crunchy produce not only contains more healthy fiber, but it is also the best choice for your teeth. I will tell parents to get their kids on harder-to-eat and chew foods at a younger age.So stop cutting things into tiny pieces, and get those jaws working.
Limit sugary and acidic foods
Sugar converts into acid in the mouth, which can then damage the enamel (White part of the teeth) These acids lead to cavities. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee can also remove tooth enamel.
See your dentist at least
twice a year
You should see your dentist for cleanings and checkups twice a year. Not only can a dentist remove calculus and look for cavities , but they will also be able to spot potential issues and offer treatment solutions.