Keeping your oral cavity clean is as important as the rest of your body. Most of us think that just brushing 2 time a day is enough. There is more to oral hygiene than you think.
WHY SHOULD YOU KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLEAN!?
- Plaque - whitish deposit on the teeth that is formed when bacteria mixes with saliva and food.
- Calculus - hard calcified plaque, that can be removed by special intruments. It forms when you ignore the plaque.
- Cavities - a very common sight nowadays owing to the bad eating habits. Cavities not only destroy your teeth but also lead to infections sometimes serious ones too.
- Gum infections - even though it is just an infection, but it can cause loss of teeth, especially in the elderly
- Erosions - erosions of the enamel can be due to poor oral care, this leads to your teeth becoming sensitive to hot or cold food. Most importantly, its destroys the pleasure of enjoying food.
- Extra - oral infections - apart from dental problems listed above, poor oral care can lead to anaerobic infections in the lungs if aspirated or endocarditis if infection enters your blood.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
- Brush your teeth 2-3 times a day (not more, brushing many times a day destroys your enamel)
- Brush the right way - dont just scrub your teeth with a brush, do it smartly
- Gargle with water after every meal
- Floss once a day especially towards the evening
- Limit intake of sweets - dextrins form coatings on teeth that help bacteria to grow
- Chewing sugar free chewingums can help reduce acid in the mouth and clear away small debris
- Clean your tongue and cheeks once a day too
- Use antiseptic mouthwashes
- Cut down on smoking
- Visit a dentist atleast once in 3 months
INDICATIONS OF GOOD ORAL CAVITY
- Teeth are clean with no debris or yellow spots
- Pink gums that donot bleed while brushing
- People around you, not complaining of bad breath :P
It is more important to have good teeth and oral care when you are young so that you can retain them when you grow old.