Oral Care routine for healthy mouth

What small, easy steps you can take to have a healthy mouth?

1. Brush your teeth at least twice each day with fluoride toothpaste.
Aim for first thing in the morning and before going to bed. Once a day, use floss or  to remove food your toothbrush missed. Make sure you:

  • Drink water that contains added fluoride if you can. Fluoride protects against dental decay. You also may want to use a fluoride mouth rinse, along with brushing and flossing, to help prevent tooth decay and teeth cavities 
  • Gently brush all sides of your teeth with a soft-bristled brush. Round and short back-and-forth strokes work best.
  • Take time to brush along the gum line, and lightly brush your tongue to help remove plaque and food.
  • Ask your dentist or dental hygienist to show you the best way to floss your teeth.
  • Change your toothbrush every three months, or earlier if the toothbrush looks worn or the bristles spread out. A new toothbrush removes more plaque.
  • If you wear dentures, be sure to remove them at night and clean them before putting them back in the next morning.
  • Rinsing with Mouthwash twice in a day can protect your mouth 24 hours from germs.

2. Have a healthy lifestyle.

  • Eat healthy meals. Cut down on tooth decay by brushing after meals. Avoid snacking on sugary or starchy foods between meals.
  • Don’t smoke. It raises your risk of gum disease, oral and throat cancers, and oral fungal infections. It also affects the color of your teeth and the smell of your breath.
  • Limit alcohol use to one drink per day for women. Heavy alcohol use raises your risk of oral and throat cancers. Using alcohol and tobacco together raises your risk of oral cancers more than using one alone.
  • Limit how much soda you drink. Even diet soda contains acids that can erode tooth enamel.

3. Get regular checkups.

  • Have an oral exam once or twice a year. Your dentist may recommend more or fewer visits depending on your oral health. At most routine visits, the dentist and a dental hygienist will treat you. During regular checkups, dentists look for signs of diseases, infections, problems, injuries, and oral cancer.
  • See your dentist right away if:
    • Your gums bleed often
    • You see any red or white patches on the gums, tongue, or floor of the mouth
    • You have mouth or jaw pain that won’t go away
    • You have sores that do not heal within two weeks
    • You have problems swallowing or chewing
  • Besides your dentist, there are other types of dental providers. Your dentist may send you to a specialist if you need extra care.

 

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Bad breath 

Gum Problems

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Getting rid of Oral Problems

Getting rid of oral problems is no easy task. Fighting the problem begins with knowing what’s happening inside your mouth.

Oral problems can range from bad breath, a dry mouth, oral thrush, receding gums, bleeding gums, gum diseases like periodontitis and gingivitis, plaque, cavities, teeth grinding, tooth abscesses, tooth aches, discoloured teeth, and leukoplakia (discoloured patches in your mouth).

There are only a thousand things that could cause oral problems. Oral problems can occur due to improper oral hygiene, smoking or chewing tobacco, low immunity, diseases like diabetes, stress, poor nutrition, and can even be hereditary.

If your oral problems are at an advanced stage you’ve got no choice but to get proper treatment from your dentist. At this dreaded stage, the pain and inconvenience causes more trouble than you can imagine. You can’t eat or talk, either because your mouth hurts or because you’re under treatment! That’s why it’s a hundred times better to prevent any of it from happening or just stop it in its early stages.

The first thing you’ve got to do is get a routine check-up done by your dentist for oral problems. Get ready for additional trips if it’s bad. From there on you’ll need to form a complete oral care routine and stick to it religiously!

The most obvious step toward getting rid of oral problems is brushing your teeth daily. Here are a few things to do for your oral health.

-Make sure you brush after every meal. Brushing your teeth removes most of the germs on your tooth’s surface but can’t reach the germs between your teeth and other hard-to-reach places.

-Dentists suggest using dental floss to clean the plaque between your teeth.

-Additionally, add a mouthwash like Listerine to your oral care regimen to remove bacteria that cause plaque, bad breath and gum problems from those hard-to-reach places.

Studies have shown that flossing and rinsing is more effective in reducing the formation of plaque and gingivitis compared to brushing alone. So yes, it’s worth the extra effort!

A mouthwash like Listerine not only prevents bad breath but also fights oral bacteria, preventing the formation of plaque and gum problems, resulting in better oral health than brushing alone.

But getting rid of oral problems doesn’t stop once you’ve had your oral care routine going for a while. It’s a long term exercise that gives your mouth better health, and you have to continue the routine so long as you want to keep oral problems away!

 

Related Topic : Bad Breath 

Get Rid of Gum Disease

Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. The bacteria in plaque, is a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth.

Plaque can build up and the bacteria infect not only your gums and teeth, but eventually the gum tissue and bone that support the teeth.

Stages of Gum Disease:

Gingivitis: this is the first stage of gum disease, an inflammation of the gums caused by plaque buildup at the gum-line. The daily brushing and flossing can’t remove the plaque; it produces toxins (poisons) that can irritate the gum tissue, causing gingivitis.

You may notice the bleeding during brushing and flossing. The early stage of the gum disease damage can be prevented, since the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place are not yet affected.

Following simple basic Oral Hygiene can prevent early stage of gum disease at home.

Brush Your teeth twice a day with soft brush, Floss daily and rinse with Listerine Mouthwash twice a day.

Periodontitis: This is the second stage of Gum disease, the supporting bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place are irreversibly damaged.

Your gums may begin to form a pocket below the gumline, which traps food and plaque. Proper dental treatment and oral care routine at home can usually help to prevent further damage.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Healthy Gums – healthy gums are firm and don’t bleed. They fit snugly around the teeth. 

Gingivitis – Gums are mildly inflamed, may appear red or swollen and may bleed during brushing.

Periodontitis – Gums begin to separate and recede from the teeth. This allows plaque to move toward the roots, supporting fibers and bone.

Gum disease can occur at any age, but it is most common among adults. If detected in its early stages, gum disease can be reversed so see your dentist if you notice any of the following symptoms: 

What Are The Common Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease?

  • Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
  • Red, swollen, puffy-looking or tender gums
  • Teeth that look longer because your gums have receded
  • Pus secretes from between the teeth and gums
  • Shaky teeth
  • Teeth appearing to drift apart from its original position
  • Teeth that look longer because your gums have receded
  • Receding gum line (gum recession)
  • Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth

Treatment of Gum Disease :

The early stages of gum disease can often be reversed with proper brushing and flossing. Good oral health will help keep plaque from building up. 

A professional cleaning by your dentist or hygienist is the only way to remove plaque that has built up and hardened into tartar. Your dentist or hygienist will clean or “scale” your teeth to remove the tartar above and below the gum-line.

By scheduling regular checkups, the early stage gum disease can be treated before it leads to a much more serious condition. You can follow basic oral care routine at home by brushing twice a day ,flossing every day and rinsing with Listerine Mouthwash twice a day.