6 Things You Should Know About Dental Health

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Here’s how you can have a confident smile

It’s in human nature that we run after success, luxurious cars, good clothes, tempting food and everything that keeps us happy for obvious reasons but there is always something that we take for granted while trying to achieve these things.

And what’s that? We mostly care about insignificant things in our lives and keep them in priority and sadly, our health which otherwise should have been our utmost priority has become the last. 

Yes! you only value it when you get sick or when you are struggling with bad health. And we all know that life without sound health leads to suffering and while we talk about overall health, let’s start by talking about our oral hygiene.  

The mouth is the gateway to the respiratory tract. We use it to talk, eat, drink and catch our breath — imagine what life would be without a healthy mouth. To a certain extent, doing all of these things is dependent on keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Also, Oral health affects our emotional well-being in a similar way.

When you have a beautiful smile, you’re excited to share it with the world. But when your teeth are lacking in some way, you don’t feel as good about yourself or, as willing to be friendly.

Good oral hygiene is directly related to good health. It does not simply mean straight and white teeth, but healthy gums and healthy oral tissues including the tongue.

Apart from preventing oral diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease, maintaining good oral health indirectly helps to prevent many ailments like diabetes, heart diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and many other health issues. Besides this, the mouth is one of the first places to show symptoms of many illnesses, including diabetes. So you have to keep a check on your oral hygiene before it takes a toll on your overall health.

Following good oral hygiene habits and keeping a clean and healthy mouth is directly connected to staying healthy and preventing the development of several diseases.

Brushing our teeth twice every day and flossing is only the beginning. We’ve rounded up some of the best oral health tips to keep everyone smiling for years to come!

Let’s have a look at them:

  1. Eat nutrient-rich, natural foods – This means a diet rich in fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. These vitamins allow you to uptake nutrients that are vital for strong teeth and jawbones.
  2. Eat chewy, hard, healthy foods – These days, food is soft, sticky, sweet and highly processed. Put your teeth and jawbones to work the way nature intended. This will help to stimulate healthy saliva, which neutralizes acid and keeps your teeth strong.
  3. Increase your water intake – Replace soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices with still, clean water. Soft (fizzy) drinks are very acidic and a common cause of dental decay and erosive tooth wear.
  4. Don’t just brush, floss as well! – Many people don’t floss and don’t know how to do it well. We need to take the floss underneath the gums. It is the bacteria that live underneath the gums and cause the most inflammation and damage to our health. If you struggle with flossing, try using interdental cleaning aids – interdental brushes or soft plastic sticks.
  5. Keep a check on your toothbrush — Make sure that the toothbrush you are using is clean and in the best health. You must have seen people using brushes they bought years back. We don’t brush just for the namesake but with the intention that it should clean our teeth and help us have good oral health. We must make sure that our brush is in a good condition and then only use that particular brush.  

See your dentist in London and a hygienist regularly for routine checks up’s and full mouth scaling (cleaning). Also, contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises. Keep smiling while being mindful of your daily habits because taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.

Dr. Narinder Dhadwal

Narinder is a Specialist Periodontist based in private practice. She qualified from St. Bartholomew’s & The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London in 2007. During her studies she was awarded the Harold Fink Prize for outstanding academic achievement.

Posted On : December 30, 2021

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