Smile has the power to cool down the temper of everyone. But, how will it look if you smile with stinking breath or untidy teeth? The person sitting both in front and by your side will feel a disgusting attitude towards you. They will avoid conversations, and it will create a negative impression about you.
I know that everyone from children to adults is in a rush nowadays, but being careless about your hygiene can give birth to some serious diseases. Toothache, loss of teeth, plaque, and cavities are the most common and painful diseases after the common cold.
We must remember that Prevention is better than Cure and take our oral hygiene seriously. If you are a sufferer or wish to protect yourself from cavities, then here are the top 5 tips for prevention.
1. Regular Dental Checkups
As said by many “prevention is better than cure”, one should make regular visits to the dentist. They would advise you to take oral health examinations that can help detect cavities at an early stage. Nowadays dentists are seeking ACLS certification to keep themselves updated so that they can ease the dental procedures to give a better experience to their patients. So get ready for a no fear dentistry.
Hence along with doctor’s advice and a proper and healthy diet, you can easily prevent dental cavities.
2. Brush Teeth Regularly: –
Yes, this is a daily routine, yet it is essential. We all have read about inculcating this as a habit, but are we doing it in the right way? Are you using the correct brush or following the appropriate brushing technique? We must always use a soft toothbrush and change it every 4 months.
Try to position your brush at a 45-degree angle and gently brush in all directions. You can also use the tip of the brush to clean the insides of a tooth.
The precautions mentioned above are sure to keep you safe from bacteria that grow from the food you eat. You can also avoid getting bleeding gums, bone or tissue loss, or dental plaque.
3. Avoid Sugary Drinks: –
Everything that we eat or drink passes from our mouth to our stomach. So, it is very necessary to take utmost care of our oral hygiene. Do you have a habit of drinking coffee or tea in the morning? You can have it, but remember to rinse your mouth after 20 minutes and drink some water after rinsing.
All the sugary products that we adults consume leave a layer of bacteria on our teeth. When they mix with saliva, they cause the growth of harmful bacteria, increasing the risk of toothache and cavities.
Water is the elixir of life and is useful for hydration as well as nourishing our skin and body. It is also a good practice to rinse your mouth with clinically approved mouth freshener like Listerine after every meal.
4. Develop Flossing Habit: –
Even though we all may brush our teeth effectively, they are still not completely clean. When we brush we clean them only from 3 sides while the remaining 2 are still dirty. Flossing is a type of oral care which is not very common among all but is an essential part of oral hygiene. It is the process of cleaning in between the teeth to remove the smallest waste.
Following steps, every adult must do to complete this process successfully.
- Select the appropriate flossing aid according to the shape of your teeth with the consultation of your dentist.
- Take 18 inches long floss and hold it tightly with the help of your thumb and index finger.
- After that carefully begin flossing in the shape of a C and avoid causing damage to your tissues.
- Lastly, after repeating this procedure for every set of teeth, brush your teeth, and rinse your mouth with water.
- The best part about this flossing technique is that you need not do it compulsorily in the morning. You can do it any time of the day while watching TV, listening to music, or reading a book. But, make it a habit to do this process once every day to avoid dental cavities.
5. Quit Smoking Today: –
Addictive things like smoking and consuming tobacco are harmful to every organ of our body. These things give satisfaction to some, but slowly take them towards their death.
According to the World Health Organization in 2015, 36% of Indian men and over 16 million American adults smoke tobacco. This addiction leads to some serious health hazards like kidney failure, cancer, and gum disease.
Smoking can also lead to tooth loss, low blood flow in the gums, and lesser dental implant success rate. The risk of having oral cancer also increases by up to 90% due to smoking tobacco.
It also affects your physical appearance and duration of life. Hence, if you smoke, leave it now using Nicotine chewing gum or nasal sprays.
Everyone must make it a point to pay a regular visit to their dentist. Sometimes, the cavities or the bacteria causing infections in teeth are very minute. They are not visible by the human eye. Hence, dental X -Rays serve as a helping hand.