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Why Should You Make Dental Hygiene Your Priority!

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:

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day
  2. Floss in between the teeth gaps and your tongue
  3. 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.

How to whiten your teeth the natural way?

Shining white teeth add a charm to every smile and yellow teeth spoil an otherwise beautiful smile. Don’t make your yellow teeth prevent you from smiling and have your day wasted. There are several ways to get that shining white smile and here we bring you natural ways to practice and make you smile bright.

  1. Brush thrice a day: According to dentists, one should brush after every meal. Thus, it is recommended to brush your teeth after breakfast, lunch and dinner. This reduces the formation of bacteria and in turn, bad breath.
  2. Coconut oil massage: Coconut oil massage helps whiten your teeth and strengthen your gums; so, you get a combo.
  3. Food items with roughage: Food items which are fiber-rich or with roughage such as oranges, bananas, pears, peaches, strawberries, grapes and cranberries work as a scrubber and keep your teeth clean.
  4. Baking soda: Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate (NAHCO3) helps in whitening and cleaning teeth. It is an age-old bleaching agent, which has been used to keep up the oral health of our body. One can use it exactly like toothpaste, by mixing it with some water and massaging the teeth with it. Its alkaline nature helps neutralize the acidic pH of the mouth.
  5. Hydrogen Peroxide: H2O2 is a bleaching, oxidizing, disinfecting and antiseptic agent. ‘Swish it in your mouth and spit it out’, this is how you use it.
  6. Chewing gum (with Xylitol): Chewing gum, especially sugar-free gum clears all the debris between your teeth and Xylitol keeps the teeth white.
  7. Lemon Juice: The citric acid present in lemon helps keep your teeth white.
  8. Apples: Being crunchy in nature, it acts as a scrubber to your teeth and cleans them. Cucumber, carrot and broccoli too could be used as scrubbers.

Practice any of the above natural teeth whitening solutions regularly for a white and bright confident smile. Write to us about your experience in the comment section below.


10 Tips To Keep Your Teeth Healthy

There are simple ways to keep your teeth healthy from young age to old age. We bring you 10 tips to follow for healthy and strong teeth.

  1. Eat Healthy Food Food rich in Calcium and Vitamin D helps strengthen the teeth and prevent tooth decay. Similarly, there are foods that naturally clean your teeth. These include fruits like apples, strawberries and Kiwis; vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, cucumbers and cauliflower. And foods like chicken, beef, turkey, eggs and fish. Avoid drinking cola, black tea/coffee as can also cause harm to your teeth.
  2. Choosing the right toothbrush – One should make sure the size of the toothbrush is propionate to his /her mouth. Kids should be given toothbrushes made for their age and adults should make sure it’s the right one for them.
  3. Time and frequency of brushing – Doctors recommend that one should brush thrice a day; basically, after the three primary meals- Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, brushing for at least 2 minutes is important for effective results.
  4. Tea is good for teeth – Tea contains flavonoids which help prevent the formation of the bacteria in your mouth. So, it’s good to sip a cup of tea daily- it is best if the tea is sugar-free.
  5. Floss regularly – It is important to floss on a regular basis (daily, if possible) to remove dental plaque and prevent tooth decay.
  6. Drink water- Though it sounds trivial, drinking plenty of water flushes out the bacteria from your mouth and helps maintaining your teeth in the simplest way.
  7. Chew a gum after meals- Chewing gums after meals helps clean the debris in your mouth and prevent bad breath.
  8. Avoid smoking- Not only the lungs but smoking also damages your teeth and increases the risk of gum cancer.
  9. Too much sugar is too bad – Eating excessive sugar leads to the formation of bacteria in your oral cavity, which in turn leads to tooth decay and cavities. So, even if you are consuming sugary stuff, just make sure to swish your mouth properly or drink water.
  10. Prevent Physical injuries – Make sure to protect your teeth while participating in physical activities like skating, cycling and acrobats. Any kind of physical injury to your teeth might develop cavities even years after the injury.

Follow these 10 tips, make it an oral hygiene regime to prevent gum diseases and tooth decay.  Have a dazzling 2016.

Oral Care During Festive Season

Festivals are synonymous with feasting. The Festival season is always marked by good food, sweets, and a sense of euphoria along with exchanging gifts. There is a feel of festivity in the atmosphere with people sharing their joy, merry songs in the spirit of the festival and decorating their homes and surroundings with colorful lights. Food plays a big part in these celebrations, and often caught up in the festive spirit people forget to observe caution and binge on food and sweets. People look forward to big treats such as homemade sweets, laddoos, Mysore pak, jalebi, chocolates, etc. This splurge in the festive season is often responsible for the resulting tooth decay, toothache, and other such dental problems.

The festive season is an excuse to stuff them with food. While they worry about their bulging waistlines, they completely disregard the effect that sweets or snacks can have on their teeth. Dental hygiene is one area that one should be wary of during the festive season. Sweets, cakes and snacks contain a generous amount of sugar which is the main cause of tooth decay. The aerated drinks that are included along with the feast in the festive meals are acidic and cause severe tooth erosion. These two things work in sync and affect the health of your teeth. The sugary foods deteriorate and decay the teeth while acidic drinks cause erosion of the protective covering – thus making the teeth soft targets for attack by bacteria. It is advised that you do not eat/binge between meals. It is better to eat sweets with the meals rather than eating them between meals. This step helps by allowing your teeth to re-mineralize and recover after a meal has been consumed. Make sure you use a dentist recommended mouthwash after every meal. This helps protect the teeth against plaque and foul smell/halitosis.

People with the history of tooth decay can follow a few tips to prevent further damage which are:-

  • Sugar-free gum or mints can help keep your mouth busy when faced with sugary temptations.
  • Chocolate – especially dark varieties – in moderation, can offer health benefits and is less likely to stick to teeth when frozen.

Since systemic diseases like diabetes and hypertension/high Blood Pressure go hand in hand, people with the history of these diseases need to make sure that they keep their blood sugar level under control, failing which they will be at a very high risk of dental caries, early gum disease [gingivitis], and advanced gum disease [periodontitis]

It is also important that you brush your teeth at least twice on a daily basis and use the right brushing technique such as the bass/modified bass brushing technique, followed by flossing and usage of prescribed mouthwashes. Kindly visit us at any one of our Dental Centres in case of any kind of dental problem or for a thorough dental assessment.

Courtesy Dr. Vignesh N, Apollo WHITE Dental, Puducherry.