INTRODUCTION

The teeth are a very important part of the human body and like all other vital parts, need proper care for their complete health. Its importance was very well emphasized when it was included as part of the components of the Primary Health Care as designed by the World Health Organization (WHO) alongside Primary Eye Care and Mental Health. In this article, we will tell you five easy ways you can improve and maintain the health of your teeth, and invariably, your mouth.

BRUSHING AND FLOSSING

The American Dental Association recommends gently brushing twice a day, each time for around two minutes, using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. The brush should be neither hard nor soft and should be long enough to reach the farthest set of teeth at the back of the mouth.  All sides of the teeth should be thoroughly brushed. Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 – 4 months. Do not forget to brush your tongue too. Flossing is only very important as it removes bacteria from places that are hard to access with the brush. A dental floss is a string that is used in between the teeth to remove accumulated debris. It should be done at least once a day.

REGULAR VISITS TO THE DENTIST

This is a part most people miss. Do not wait to have toothaches before you pay a visit to the dentist. Toothache is not a pleasant thing to experience. Regular visits to the dentist, at least once in 6 months goes a long way in assessing the well-being of your teeth and any impending danger or risk can be detected and dealt with early enough. Some plaques that could not be removed during daily brushing and flossing can be removed during these visits, and x-rays are taken to detect early cavity formation to treat accordingly before it gets complicated.

DIET

Sugary foods have an unhealthy impact on your teeth. A balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is very essential. It is also advisable to limit snacks between meals. Make sure you’re also getting enough calcium from foods like milk, yogurt and cheese. Calcium is essential for building strong bones and teeth. Don’t smoke or chew tobacco, and if you’re taking medications, make sure to ask your doctor if they can harm your teeth in any way. Some medications can affect the production of saliva and cause dry mouth.

GUM DISEASE

See your dentist as soon as possible if your gums are puffy, red or tender. This may be an indicator of gingivitis. Also make an appointment if your gums bleed excessively when you floss. A dentist will be able to determine if you have gum disease, oral cancer or tooth decay. More details here: http://www.littlebrookfarmlearningcenter.com/will-dental-insurance-cover-teeth-whitening/

BRACES

You may want to consider braces to straighten your teeth if your teeth are crooked. This is because misaligned teeth are harder to clean and thus more likely to have cavities. Crooked teeth might also cause you pain and discomfort in the future.

CONCLUSION

It is easy to take care of your teeth, and it is easy to let them perish. The decision is yours. Remember too that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Dentistry is beautiful.

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