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.

 

Related Topic :

Bad breath 

Gum Problems

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Similarities between Finding Nemo & Oral Care

The Similarities between Finding Nemo & Oral Care

“Just keep brushing, just keep brushing, just keep brushing, brushing, brushing.”

When you read this line, you probably mentally sang it in the tune that the delightfully forgetful fish Dory sings “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep -” (you know how the rest goes; just replace the word ‘brushing’ with ‘swimming’). Unless of course, you haven’t seen the animated movie ‘Finding Nemo’, in which case you’ve probably been hiding under an especially large and sound-proof rock in an especially large and isolated desert since a while.

When you read that line, you probably thought “Ah… This article is about the importance of brushing!” while patting your back and congratulating yourself on your extraordinary powers of derivative thinking.

Well, that’s exactly what this article is NOT about.

That’s not to say that it’s against brushing in any way. Go on, brush. Brush well and brush regularly, twice a day, for at least two minutes. It’s extremely important.

What this article is about: dispelling the notion that one should “just keep brushing” and end oral care right there.

An oral care regimen should consist of three parts: Brushing, Flossing and then Rinsing with a mouthwash.

We’re all well acquainted with the first part. Everyone does it. It’s almost as if it were an unuttered yet universally-adhered-to commandment: “Brushing shall be done by all of thee; ye that are scrupulous, ye that are perfunctory and ye that that are slovenly.”

Flossing, the next part that comes next, hasn’t quite got the popularity that the first has garnered but through no fault of its own – it’s extremely important as well. It’s meant to remove the bits and pieces stuck between your teeth and gums, along with the bacteria and germs that get attracted to said bits and pieces.

Now we get to the Rinsing – the part where you swish 20ml of a mouthwash like Listerine for a good 30 seconds. Sadly, this part fares pretty poorly in the popularity level – worse than Flossing. The Slovenly don’t touch it, a certain percentage of the Perfunctory indulge in it and only the most scrupulous of the Scrupulous perform it diligently. An especially sad case of ignorance, because it’s popularity right now is inversely proportional to its importance.

Why? Why use a mouthwash?

Well, think about your mouth. No, really just take two minutes to ponder over your mouth and all the elements in it. We have our teeth – brushing & flossing attend to them. We have our tongue – brushing the tongue/using a tongue-cleaner (which is very important to avoid bad breath) attends to that as well. Now, what about the rest? What about the pallet? The inner cheeks? The back of the throat? Under the tongue? Everything in between?

“In one mouth, the number of bacteria can easily exceed the number of people who live on Earth (more than 6 billion),” notes Sigmund Socransky, associate clinical professor of periodontology at Harvard. (Source: http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2002/08.22/01-oralcancer.html)

Think all of these bacteria exist only on the teeth and tongue? You know better than to assume that. Even Dory would’ve known better to assume that – or even forget it (it’s something one can’t forget after finding out about it, no matter how bad a case of amnesia one has).

Why use a mouthwash?

The teeth account for just 25% of the entire mouth. Rinsing with Listerine accounts for the destruction of bacteria and germs that are busy making homes, friends and families and forming communities in the remaining 75%.

Why use Listerine?

It’s the best mouthwash there is. I could give you reasons such as it not only prevents bad breath but also fight the germs that cause it (instead of just giving you a temporary gift of fresh breath), and that even cause plaque and gum problems, because of its active ingredients.All of the above would be true – and valid enough.

The real reason I love Listerine and think it’s the best mouthwash? The way that the mouthwash makes me realise I’m actively destroying my mouth and the way it wakes me up. It makes me want to quote Marlin the clown-fish and say “You’re about to eat at my bubbles!” to all the unwanted settlers in my mouth before engulfing them with 20ml of Listerine.

So, to sum up, here’s why there’s more to oral care than just brushing and why we should floss and why we should use a mouthwash: while regular visits to the dentist are needed every six months, it’s nicer not to be in the dentist’s chair undergoing a root canal while some fish in an aquarium look on and take note.

 

Related Topic : Getting rid of Oral Problems 

 

 

 

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