Do’s and Don’ts of Dental Hygiene
Maintaining good oral health is necessary for the well-being of the overall health. It helps treat and sometimes even prevent severe dental problems like plaque, tooth decay, gum diseases, or other oral health issues in check. Along with scheduled dental check-ups, daily maintenance of oral hygiene is necessary to keep most dental health issues at bay. Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts of dental hygiene:
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily. Although brushing after every meal is ideal, even brushing twice — once in the morning and once before bedtime — should be good to go. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is easy on the gums. Scrubbing the teeth with hard or firm toothbrushes can erode the enamel and tear gum tissues.
- Flossing daily (even twice) is vital for healthy teeth and gums. Sometimes a toothbrush can’t clear food stuck between teeth. Flossing helps in such cases and can prevent many serious dental problems, including plaque and tartar formation.
- Clean the entire mouth and not just the teeth. The gums, the tongue, and the innermost portions of the mouth need regular cleaning as much as the teeth. You can use an anti-cavity mouthwash to rinse your mouth.
- Visit your dentist for scheduled check-ups and dental cleaning every six months. A dentist can detect tooth decay, gum diseases, oral cancer, or other potential health hazards and immediately start treatment or refer to other doctors.
- Don’t ignore any signs of pain, swelling, or bleeding in the gums. It could mean acute underlying dental issues that need attention at the earliest.
- Don’t smoke to avoid oral cancer, stained teeth, or bad breath. Also, don’t get used to eating junk food or sweetened/aerated drinks. Excess carbohydrate intake can cause cavities and even affect the gums.
- Don’t grind or clench your teeth; it could lead them to chip or crack. If you already have a habit of doing so, especially at night, try to avoid it or wear a custom-fitted mouthguard.
- Don’t use your teeth to open packages or make chewing non-edible items a habit. Your teeth might be strong, but using it as a tool by biting into random things could chip or damage the enamel and gums.
Most of us often tend to take our oral hygiene for granted and ignore tell-tale signs of potential threats to dental health. Following the above-mentioned basic steps could go a long way in maintaining healthy teeth and a healthier lifestyle.