Tips for maintaining Good Oral health

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Tips for maintaining Good Oral health
  • Brushing of teeth at least 2-3 times a day is a must to keep your mouth healthy
  • Rinse after eating at all times to help cleanse leftovers.
  • Flossing should be done to remove food particles left between teeth even after brushing.
  • Tongue cleaning helps to cleanse the surface of the tongue of any deposited food particulate and prevents bad breath.
  • Eating foods that are sticky and high in sugar content are harmful to the teeth and can cause cavities. Eat foods that are crunchy and self-cleansing, on the other hand, like salads, fruits, meat and low fat dairy products, which are good for general as well as oral health. Avoid frequent snacking in between meals as at increases the risk of food being leftover on the tooth surfaces and hence increases the risk of cavities. Frequency of food intake is more harmful than the length of chewing.
  • Using a fluoridated toothpaste or mouthwash helps to strengthen the tooth surface against cavities.
  • Fluoride is also applied in the form of gels, varnishes or foams by the dentist for preventing cavities.
  • Bleeding from gums or bad breath may be the first signs of gum disease. They may be associated with hormonal changes. Do not ignore these signs, as they need immediate attention to avoid further damage.
  • Tooth decay can be prevented by application of sealants on the biting surface of the grinders in the form of thin plastic, tooth colored coating.
  • Habits such as thumb sucking, nail or lip biting can be harmful to the teeth and supporting structures and hence must be discouraged. Professional intervention can be sought to help break these habits.
  • Irregularities of teeth can be treated as soon as noticed and can be corrected by the modification of growth patterns. Early treatments can either simplify or rule out the necessity for orthodontic treatment at a later stage sometimes starting from the age 7-8 onwards, which may be related to development.
  • People in sports involving any risk of trauma should use protective appliances such as mouth guard etc. to avoid trauma to teeth and supporting structures.
  • Visit the dentist once in every six months for a check-up so that any problems can be detected early, if present. First visit for a child should be soon after the first birthday even in the absence of any visible problems for hygiene maintenance and other advice from the dentist.
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202, Sushmore
323, Linking Road
Khar (W)
Mumbai 400 052
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