Oral Hygiene : Essentials for life

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Good oral hygiene results in a mouth that looks and smells healthy. If your gums do hurt or bleed while brushing or flossing, or you are experiencing persistent bad breath, this probably indicates signs of poor oral hygiene. Oral Hygiene : Essentials for lifeMaintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being.

Regular oral hygiene, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop and is much less painful, expensive, and worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.
There are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These are:


Oral Hygiene : Essentials for life1.Regular Dental Visits
Regular dental visits, combined with good oral care are the most effective way to prevent oral diseases. Gum disease is an infection that affects the gums and bones in your mouth, and is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss.

Halitosis, or bad breath, can also be prevented with regular dental care, and good oral hygiene, because it is often caused by infections in the gums and teeth, or by bacteria. Dental hygienist can help to remove stains from tobacco, coffee and tea through tooth whitening, resulting in your best smile ever.

2.Practising Proper brushing and flossing techniques as explained by Dental Hygienist
Brushing and flossing are the essential for good oral health. Not only will your teeth and smile look better.You will feel confident and may even sport a positive attitude.Brushing and flossing correctly with a flouide toothpaste can help you achieve a better oral hygiene, but incorrect brushing and flossing will cause more harm as plaque forming bacteria will not be removed which may causes various dental problems. It’s always a good idea to ask your dental hygienist about proper brushing and flossing techniques.

3.Proper Nutrition
Proper nutrition means eating a balanced diet so your body can get the nutrients needed for good health. If your diet is low in the nutrients your body needs, your mouth may have a more difficult time resisting infection.If children do not eat a balanced diet, their teeth may not develop properly. In order for them to develop strong, decay-resistant teeth, children need a balanced diet with emphasis on calcium, phosphorous and proper levels of fluoride.
Sugary snacks taste so good – but they aren’t so good for your teeth or your body. The candies, cakes, cookies and other sugary foods that kids love to eat between meals can cause tooth decay.

Remember to:
-Choose sugary foods less often
-Avoid sweets between meals
-Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste after snacks and meals

Keeping a regular routine and maintain proper Oral Hygiene practices along with regular visits to the dentist and regular cleaning of teeth by your dental hygienist will help you keep with your own teeth for a lifetime.

 

Mr.Amir Shahzad
Dental Hygienist
Super Specialty Dental Centre – GMC hospital, Ajman – UAE.

 

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