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Maintain proper oral hygiene and make your teeth last a lifetime

Your oral health is just as important as eating healthy, exercising and drinking plenty of fluids. Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Prevention is always better than cure. Take action now and keep your oral health intact before its too late. 

What does good oral hygiene look like? 

Great oral hygiene takes a little bit of effort. Simple steps such as brushing twice a day, flossing and adding tongue cleaning into your dental care routine, can go a long way. When you practice all of these, you reduce the chances of tooth decay and other gum problems and increase the life of your teeth.

Here are some of the signs of poor oral hygiene

  • Tooth decay 

Tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems. The main reason for this is bad oral hygiene. Tooth decay can be minimized to a huge extent by practicing good oral health. 

  • Infections 

Bad oral hygiene can cause the growth of bacteria in your mouth, leading to various infections of the gums, teeth, and roots of the teeth. These could be avoided by maintaining good oral hygiene. 

  • Loose teeth 

In most cases, loose teeth are caused by gum diseases which are resulted by a lack of good oral hygiene. To ensure that you won’t need dentures or false teeth in the future, take care of them now. 

  • Bleeding gums 

Bleeding gums is a common symptom of a gum disease known as gingivitis. Your gums might also bleed if you have a habit of brushing too hard. You can get rid of this issue, by taking proper care of your teeth. 

  • Discolouration 

Due to insufficient and improper brushing your teeth could get discoloured or stained. Even though this isn’t a serious health concern, it looks unappealing and be a cause of low self-confidence. Good oral hygiene can reduce this problem and help you smile confidently. 

Importance of good oral hygiene

  • A well maintained oral health directly results in good overall health. 
  • Healthy gums are the foundation of strong teeth and a product of well maintained oral hygiene. 
  • You can keep cavities at bay, by keeping your oral hygiene intact. 
  • Those with proper oral hygiene have a very less chance of acquiring Oral cancer.
  • Strong and healthy teeth and gums are one of the major results of maintaining good oral health. 

How to maintain your oral hygiene?

  • Brush the right way – Brushing twice a day doesn’t ensure that you have perfect oral health. You need to brush the right way.  The outer surface, inner surface and the chewing surface of your teeth need to be brushed thoroughly to ensure complete oral care.
  • Floss – This is one important step that should be performed in order to keep your oral hygiene in check. Flossing helps clean the parts that your brush can’t reach.
  • Mouthwash – This helps ensure the freshness of your mouth. It helps keep away bacteria and odour. Mouthwash helps disinfect  your mouth as a whole. Rinse your mouth for about 30 seconds, after brushing, to get the best result.
  • Visit the dentist at least twice a year – Even if you follow all the other steps, visiting your dentist for an overall dental checkup is a must. This habit is one of the best things you could do for your oral health.
  • Eat healthier – A healthy diet, is essential for your overall health. All aspects of your health could benefit from eating a healthy, balanced diet. There your teeth too can have an advantage from eating healthy.

How to fight teeth sensitivity?

This condition is commonly known as dentin hypersensitivity. Usually triggered by hot, cold or even sweet food, it causes severe pain and discomfort. While the cavity can be one reason for this discomfort, sensitivity is another one. 

This issue can be temporary or permanent, caused in one tooth or more. However, it is more common than you think and can be gotten rid of with proper care and precautionary measures. 

What causes sensitive teeth? 

  • Brushing hard

Some people are used to brushing their teeth too hard. Even though it might look like a good option to keep your teeth cleaner, it is not ideal. It does more damage than good, to your teeth. It is advised to brush softly while trying to reach the maximum area. 

  • Toothbrush 

Selecting the right toothbrush for you is more important than you think. It can be very damaging on your teeth if you use a hard-bristled toothbrush. Along with this, it is important to keep replacing them with new ones on a regular basis. 

  • Teeth grinding 

Conscious or subconscious teeth grinding can be very damaging to your teeth. There are various reasons for this, the most common one being stress. Dealing with these stressful issues is a must for your physical as well as mental well being. 

  • Acid-based food 

Consuming a lot of acids- based food and drinks can cause harm to your enamel. Thus resulting in sensitive teeth. 

  • Bleaching 

Bleaching your teeth often is very harmful to them. It can be very damaging in the long run.

Home remedies for tooth sensitivity 

  • Soft-bristled toothbrush 

Brushing vigorously with a hard toothbrush can be extremely damaging to your teeth. Replacing it with a soft-bristled toothbrush can help reduce the symptoms of sensitive teeth. 

  • Salt 

Salt can go a long way in helping you fight teeth sensitivity. It helps reduce pain and inflammation. Rinsing your mouth with salt water is one of the most effective and easiest ways to reduce pain caused by sensitivity. 

  • Hydrogen peroxide 

Hydrogen peroxide is a disinfect that is widely used for wounds like cuts and burns. Mix 3 cups of hydrogen peroxide with an equal amount of water and rinse for 30 seconds. This acts as a quick relief from the pain caused by sensitivity. 

  • Honey 

Honey has been used for its antibacterial properties since ages. A cup of water with a spoonful of honey does the work for your sensitive teeth. It helps to reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain. 

  • Green Tea 

Green tea is widely popular for its health benefits. However, a lesser-known fact about green tea is that it can be helpful for your teeth as well. Your oral health can be restored by drinking green tea regularly. 

Sometimes, it so happens that your sensitivity persists despite following these steps and remedies. Then it might be time to consult your dentist in order to make sure that there is no serious damage caused to your teeth. 

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