The tongue is the major part of mouth, it helps us in two main actions eating and speaker. Without this part, tasting different dishes in different place is impossible. Singing, calling someone, whistle, to chew something and swallow in all these actions tongue plays a vital role. We all know it is an integral part of our life but we won’t give much importance to it, as a private report says only 30% of overall population gives importance to tongue cleaning. Believe it or not tongue is an port for the millions of bacteria . This muscle man is actually made up of group of muscles with each one having a specific job to perform. For example the muscle under the tip helps to move food from the front of the mouth to the back where it can mix with saliva and break down into swallowing bits. Continue reading Why tongue cleaning is so important?
Riya was very nervous that day. It was the last round of her job interview and she had to meet the CEO, for a face to face meeting. She was an excellent candidate for the role and she knew she would sweep the interview with the job and a great salary, if her skills were the only deciding parameter. She had also dressed up very aptly for the interview, looking her professional best. But still, something was bothering Riya very much.
Riya had been suffering from bad breath for the past one month. She had been postponing her dentist appointment for the past one week and today, she landed in a catch 22 position. She wished she had visited the dentist earlier or at least maintained good dental hygiene in the recent past. Not just Riya, but a lot of us do not pay much attention to the most essential part of our body, that is our mouth.
Dental hygiene is not only about the teeth but also concerns gums, tongue and the mouth cavity.
A research by Bristol University suggests that oral hygiene might be directly linked to cardio-vascular diseases. The research says “cardiovascular disease is currently the biggest killer in the western world. Oral bacteria such as Streptococcus gordonii and Streptococcus sanguinis are common infecting agents, and we now recognise that bacterial infections are an independent risk factor for heart diseasesNot just the heart disease, but other deadly illnesses like Alzheimers and pancreatic cancer have been linked to bleeding of gums and presence of bacteria in the mouth. Although tooth decay is the most common dental problem that occurs in all age groups today, other problems that could arise are gum disease (gingivitis), dry mouth (xerostomia), abscessed tooth, joint disorders, etc.
Those with poor oral hygiene are more at risk of developing gingivitis, especially those who have diabetes, as their resistance to infection is lower and also smokers. Women also have high chances of developing gingivitis during pregnancy. Stress, which weakens the immune system and genes can also lead to this condition.
Here are 3 simple reasons on why dental hygiene should be your top priority:
Overall physical health: A healthy mouth is good for your entire body. Dental hygiene is linked to a lot of health conditions as the nerves present in the mouth’s cavity are mostly linked to the brain. Any issues that arise out of the nerves related to dental hygiene can prove fatal to the functioning of many essential organs in the body such as ear, heart, etc. So, it is essential to pay attention to dental hygiene.
Boost confidence: Good dental hygiene ensures that your mental happiness and confidence quotient is also high, especially if you are a working professional.
Be a good role-model: When it comes to dental hygiene, it is of core concern especially if you are a parent. Children consume all kinds of junk like chocolates and candies than anyone else does. Hence, they are the most susceptible to dental problems. As a parent, if you introduce good dental hygiene habits in your lifestyle, your children will emulate you in the same.
Here are 3 simple things you could practice every day to maintain good dental hygiene:
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss in between the teeth gaps and your tongue
- Rinse your mouth after every meal
And, apart from these measures, it is advised that one visits the dentist once in 6 months to check on their dental hygiene status and also to get latest tips from the dentist on oral hygiene.
To retain a beautiful and healthy smile for life, regular dental check-ups are mandatory. It will help you to prevent the need for major dental treatments in future with the added advantage of cost effectiveness. A recommended healthy habit would be a dental visit for every six months. Enjoy a lifelong dental health with a regular check-up plan!
1) Have a Good Sleep: The ester day before your visit, give your mind and body a relaxed healthy sleep that will soothe your nerves to drive out anxiety.
2) Confirm Your Visit: A few dental clinics may take an initiative to call and confirm your appointment on the prescribed date. If not, it is mandatory that you make sure of your visit again 24 hours in advance and be on time.
3) Transfer Your Previous Records: If you’d had a home or work shift from one area to other, you must verify with your old dentist to transfer your existing dental records to the new dentist in place.
4) Brush and Floss: Don’t take your mouth dirty and stinky when you’re about to go for a dental check-up. Besides helping the dentist to examine it easily, it also serves you with better results.
5) Come Updated: Note that you come prepared with your updated medical history, any insurance and any further details on your health entailed in your document. Know that, the more you make your dentist knows about your health records, the more he/she will be able to give you a more personalized care.
6) Discuss in Detail: Make a checklist of all your queries and problems that you were experiencing such as bleeding, sensitivity or sores. Also, it is important to list down all the medicines and supplements that you take it for your temporary pains. Be honest and answer the questions of the dentist.
7) Confront Dental Anxiety: Propose all your fears about the dental treatment that you’re about to undergo to your dentist in advance so that you both can work together to reduce your anxieties and increase your comfort levels.
8) Fix the Next Checkup: Take down the post-checkup steps to be followed and stick to them accordingly. Also, decide on a follow-up appointment date at your convenience.
Your dentist may need your fullest co-operation and in return, you may also need expert professional guidance. It is of no matter whether you’re visiting a dental clinic for cleaning or check-up or any disease or any complicated treatment, the ultimate necessity is “preparedness”.
That searing pain which runs through the jaw up to the head. We all have experienced it. The pain which doesn’t let us sleep, eat or pretty much do anything. The culprit behind those pain attacks is cavities. In fact, according to WHO, almost all the adults in the world have cavities. Cavities, if ignored for extended periods of time, could lead to lasting damage to the nerve cells and jaw finally resulting in tooth fall. Cavities cannot be easily prevented since all the food we eat contains sugar, but we can reduce the impact of cavities by following certain measures. Here are some tips to reduce the occurrence of dental cavities.
Brush, Floss, Rinse
The basic protection from cavities starts with the most basic step; brushing. Brushing of teeth at least twice a day would help prevent cavities. Once before breakfast and another one just before going to sleep. Brushing helps cover the teeth with a fine layer of Fluoride. This acts as a shield from the bacteria which causes cavities. Flossing after every meal would help remove the particles stuck in between the teeth, preventing the decay of enamel.
Say ‘NO’ to refined sugar
Sugar, when mixed with saliva produce bacteria. The mixture then forms a substance known as ‘plaque’. If the plaque is not brushed away, it would lead to cavities. Sugar accelerate the decay process and hence, it needs to be taken in moderation.
Eat fiber-rich and fresh foods
Nuts, apples, cheese, wheat products, fresh vegetables are known to break the plaque and prevent cavity formation.
Drink water, water and more water
Drinking water helps in reducing the risk of cavities. Drinking lots of water would cause an increase in the production of saliva which act a natural shield against cavities.
All those chewing gum ads hold relevance after all. Chewing a sugar-free gum constantly produces saliva. The chewy action also helps remove morsels of food hiding in the crevices of the teeth, reducing the risk of cavities.
Many people associate cavities with oral health alone, but diet plays an important role as well. Not having all the vitamins would lead to teeth not receiving the required nutrition from the circulatory system and causing cavities inside the teeth. Eating foods that are rich in Vitamins A, C, E and K as well as phosphorous, calcium, and magnesium are recommended to keep your teeth healthy.
Go easy on the soft drinks
Soft drinks are available everywhere. In movies, in school canteens, in restaurants, in fast food outlets & even airports. And they are the best companions of any meal too. But they should be avoided as they are acidic in nature and could damage the enamel (the protective layer covering the teeth) thereby accelerating tooth decay.
TEA can help your TEETH
Drinking black and green tea helps in reducing plaque buildup. It also prevents the bacterial activity in your mouth and brings the risk of cavities to a minimum.
Following these procedures would help the teeth remain healthy and in turn make you look good. And since most of them are home-made remedies, they would be convenient as well.
Tongue Cleaning, Why Important?
And this “strongest muscle”, if not cared and cleaned properly, can lead to an oral problem, Halitosis colloquially known as bad breath, an unpleasant odor of the mouth.
The surface of the tongue is one of the main breeding grounds for bacteria that attack teeth and gums. In addition to brushing and flossing, daily cleaning and hygiene of the tongue is an equally important part of complete mouth care.
HealthyDunia.com speaks to Dr. R. Sunitha, Endodontist & Conservative Dentist with Apollo White Dental and find out the importance of tongue cleaning.
The oral debris on the tongue, which is the root cause of bad breath, cannot be removed by just brushing and using mouthwashes. At best they can mask the bad breath. By far tongue cleaning is the most effective way of fighting bad breath.
Here are some of the advantages of using tongue cleaners:
• Removes the toxins and bacteria from the tongue
• Massages the taste buds and improves the sense of taste
• Gives fresh breath
• Helps to improve digestion
• Reduces dental plaque
• Removes the unattractive thick white coating from the surface of the tongue
• Convenient, safe, effective, and easy to use
How to use a tongue scraper or cleaner?
Usually tongue cleaners are made of metal like gold, silver, copper, brass, tin and stainless steel. Nowadays you can find them in plastic also. Stick out your tongue. Take the two ends of the tongue cleaner in your hands and place the arch of it on the back of the tongue. Now scrape it forward a few times, rinsing the white mucous (residue on the tongue) off the cleaner every time you take it out. You can start from either side (left or right) of the tongue and work your way to the other. Rinse out the mouth once you are done.
It should be kept in mind to never scrape hard. The sweeping strokes should be slow and from back-to-front. Scraping harder doesn’t remove more bacteria but it can make your tongue bleed. Press hard enough to make the tongue cleaner contact your and flush across the cleaning surface. Also try not to leave gaps.
Cleaning you tongue is necessary to combat bad breath and keep taste buds active. It is not difficult to do and not time consuming also. Just one extra minute daily can reward you with many advantages that also include normal tongue color.
So check out your tongue and see how rosy pink it is!
• Brushing teeth reduces mouth odor by 25%
• Tongue cleaning reduces mouth odor by 75%
• Brushing teeth and tongue cleaning together reduce bad breath by 85%
• Tongue cleaning reduces the amount of mucous coating on the tongue by 40%
• Tongue cleaning inhibits plaque formation on teeth by 33%
• Tongue cleaning is more effective than brushing by 50%