Everyone wants to have an envious smile and it is all connected to your oral hygiene and how you maintain it. It is taught from a tender age to brush your teeth twice daily. Well, that should be applicable in the long run as it is just the beginning of oral hygiene.
Maintaining your dental hygiene isn’t only about looking good. Poor dental hygiene can lead to problems that are much bigger than just an unpleasant smile. Research has shown that tooth decay and gum disease can affect other parts of your body, including your heart.
Here are reasons why dental hygiene is so important.
Keeps your teeth and gum healthy: When people talk about good dental hygiene, you often think that it means brushing your teeth regularly. But, there are so many things that fall under this category. Keeping your teeth healthy is a part of good dental hygiene but it also includes gum and tongue. It means staying away from things which lead to poor dental hygiene like: smoking, eating too many sweet things, consuming too much alcohol and coffee as they can lead to yellowing of your teeth. Brushing at least twice a day, removes the plaque that causes tooth decay, and it stimulates your gum to help prevent gum diseases.
Prevention is better than cure: By maintaining good dental hygiene you are not only helping yourself stay healthy in the present; you are also helping yourself in the long run. If you were to neglect caring for your dental health, it can lead to a variety of dental health problems, such as
- tooth grinding
- periodontal disease
- dental caries
- oral cancer
Keeps several non-dental diseases at bay: The human body is composed of a complex system that is interconnected with other parts. Because of that, an affected certain part can also affect other parts of the body. If you have a problem with your teeth and gum, then it can pose problems with other areas also.
Poor oral hygiene can lead to problems like:
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Cardiac issues
- Mental health issues
- Premature birth in women
- Respiratory problems
- Heart stroke
Renowned dentist Dr. Samatha Goparaju has shared some pro tips on how to maintain oral hygiene.
- Brush twice daily without fail.
- Rinse your mouth after every meal.
- Make it a habit to brush /rinse your mouth after you eat soft and sticky food, especially junk food.
- Use mouthwash diluted with water to rinse your mouth twice daily. This should be done after breakfast and before bed. If possible floss your teeth.
- If people already have caries, they should maintain their tooth surface clean by rinsing and brushing
- Try to chew on raw food i.e vegetables like Carrot, Cucumber. Avoid eating lots of junk food
- If mouthwash is not available then you can try saline water/Luke warm water with salt mix and can be swished regularly to maintain the gum health.
- Do not use a toothpick to clean the tooth instead try flossing
- Regular scaling (tooth cleaning) procedure should be done once a year to maintain oral hygiene and to prevent decay of teeth.
- Regular check-up with your dentist once a year to ensure early detection of caries and other tooth issues.
Follow these simple yet important things for a healthy oral hygiene. Don’t forget to contact your dentist if you have severe dental problems.
Bio of Samatha Goparaju: High adaptive Dental professional with 12 plus years of experience of working in multiple organizations that have helped develop patient/people management. Diagnoses as well as treats diseases, injuries, and also malformations of teeth gums, and also related oral structures, examine the patient to define nature of the condition, utilizing X rays, dental instruments, other diagnostic procedures, cleans, fills, extracts and additionally replaces teeth, using rotary hand instruments, dental appliances, medications and additionally surgical implements, provides preventive dental services to the patients.
Get in touch with Dr. Samatha for your oral hygiene here:
firstname.lastname@example.org / Ph. no: 9849572722