How many times have we pinched our noses in disgust because of someone’s bad breath? Or for that matter, felt a bit disgusted with somebody’s yellow teeth? Many times, perhaps. That’s when we are caught thinking about ‘oral hygiene’.
When we hear the term, we understand that we must take care of our teeth and gums.
By definition, oral hygiene is the term or practice rather to keep one’s mouth clean, healthy and disease free by committing to a number of activities throughout the day.
But does oral hygiene only mean brushing the teeth and nothing else?
There is more to oral hygiene that many of us know but most of us do not follow. Teeth aren’t the only part of the mouth. Everything else has to be taken care of and must be cleaned as well.
There are a number of diseases that can harm the mouth if adequate steps are not taken to clean it in an appropriate manner. Some of the diseases are cavities, gingivitis and so on.
To make sure that proper care is taken, here are some do’s and don’ts to follow while practicing dental hygiene on an everyday basis.
Some of the do’s are:
- Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush. The softer the toothbrush bristles are, the easier it will be on the gums and also under the gums.
- Brushing teeth twice a day without fail increases the strength of the tooth and prevents cavities from forming.
- Cleaning and rinsing the entire mouth is essential; only cleaning and rinsing the teeth is not enough.
- Flossing is essential. It cleans the teeth as well as the gums.
- Eating healthy and maintaining a diet is essential.
- Visiting a dentist every six months is very important as apart from cleaning teeth and gums, they also can test for cavities and tooth decay.
Some of the dont’s are:
- Not using a hard-bristled toothbrush is important. The bristles can hurt the gums and also cause the gums to recede.
- Skipping a brushing session is harmful. It is always helpful to make sure to brush twice a day.
- Flossing should not be skipped at all. Flossing helps in removing small particles of food between the teeth.
- A mouth guard is necessary if one is going to play a contact sport so as to prevent an injury.
- Ignoring diet is harmful. Eating too many sweets or any other kind of acidic food results in gradual tooth decay.
- Smoking is an absolute danger for the mouth and the teeth. They result in discoloration of the teeth and also eventual tooth decay.
The mouth is an integral part of the body. Taking care of it and adopting the adequate measures to take care of it as well is of utmost importance for each and every person as such. If there are other underlying issues in the mouth, visiting an expert dentist or a reputed dental clinic is always the wise option.
About Dr. Gowtham Kattamuri
Dr. Gowtham has done his BDS from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in 2006 and MDS – Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics from Dr. MGR Medical University in 2010. He is a skilled Endodontist with an experience of over 10 years. Dr. Gowtham is specialized in replacement of teeth, Dental Implants, prosthetics for maxillofacial defects such as artificial eye, ear, nose and orbital defects, Smile Makeovers with laminates, Zirconia, veneers metal free ceramics. He also performs general dental procedures such as restorations and extractions. He also is trained as an International Patient Coordinator.
ABOUT THE CLINIC:
GA Dental Clinics is a standout amongst the all the famous dental hospitals in Hyderabad, owing to the world class infrastructure it has, and the utility of leading edge technology at the clinic. Besides its unique infrastructure and highly qualified specialists, GA Dental believes in delivering services at par with global standards.