The 3 Week Diet

A Look At Your Dental Hygiene

Often times you will meet that boy or girl, or man or woman, in painful tears, or if not crying, in a somber decisive mood, saying from deep within the heart, “Never, never, never again! I’ve had enough of the torture and it’s time to learn responsibility.”

Dental HygieneThis is the usual scenario that grips many after a forced visit to the dental clinic, forced because tooth removal is the only option, at least for the average man. The teeth are already decayed, cavity laden, mouth with foul breath, unhealthy gums, name it. It’s true that experience teaches fools, but it is not the only teacher. Knowledge is power, and knowing how to maintain dental hygiene is powerful.

You certainly have to avoid the dental clinic bed at all costs. Once the dentist decides to hammer off your tooth from its deep roots, you’ll have a story to tell. Despite the use of anesthesia to rid the pain, the ordeal of your tooth being forced out by queer metallic tools is painful enough.

The responsibility of dental care remains yours. The dental professional only comes in when asked to. But why all this fuss about dental hygiene? Eating is a part of life, a very important one, if I may grade it. As the world sits right now, it is no wonder that tooth decay is said to be the most common global disease affecting every family.

What  causes decay?

Part of the food that we eat remains trapped between the teeth and other fissures within the oral cavity. These are deposited on the teeth as plaque, i.e. a yellow sticky film on the teeth and gums, and in some instances on the tongue. The action of saliva on the plaque eventually forms tartar. When bacteria act on these deposits, an acid is formed, and this is the cause of the cavities as it wears the teeth with time.

Get rid of plaque

Dental care thus basically aims at getting rid of the plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. To accomplish this, it is recommended to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Fluoride toothpaste should be used as fluoride hardens the teeth. Before brushing the teeth, use some dental floss between the teeth to get rid of food particles. This also allows the fluoride to have better access between the teeth. Move the floss up and down the gaps between the teeth, one at a time. Always remember to massage the gums after each brush to avoid bleeding.

Foods to avoid

“You are what you eat” still applies to dental health. Sugar is the number one culprit of tooth decays and other related dental diseases. Avoid sugary snacks as much as possible. These can be replaced with healthy alternatives like raw vegetables, fruits, plain yoghurt, cheese, crackers, etc. Sweet drinks should also be minimized if your teeth are to remain healthy.

Dental checkups

If you’ve never thought about it, it’s now time to plan regular dental checkups with your dental hygienist. The dentist should perform a thorough cleaning of the teeth, through scaling, polishing and debridement. All these loosen and remove deposits from the teeth. Once-a-year routine is recommended.

If you take good care of your teeth, never will you hear of tooth decay, periodontitis, bad breath, gingivitis, gum disease and so forth.

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