A good dental health is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. According to a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), dental health professionals are unable to serve about 33 million Americans. It is also ironical that people in general are also not aware of the basic steps of ensuring proper dental health. Eventually, they end up suffering from oral and facial pain, cleft lip and palate, periodontal (gum) diseases, tooth decay etc. The ability of a person to make facial expressions, swallow, chew, smile, taste, smell and speak can be remarkably improved by good dental health.
Regular Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth:
Brushing your teeth on a regular basis (early in the morning and before sleeping at night) plays a crucial role in removing the food particles from your mouth. If not removed, such debris starts to rot and damage the enamel in due course of time. It also leads to tartar and plaque. A small headed toothbrush needs to be used along with fluoride contained toothpaste in a circular motion while brushing your teeth. Always ensure that this activity should not be done in a hurry! Few people are aware of the fact that lack of flossing may lead to health conditions such as diabetes. Regular flossing ensures healthy gums and avoids diseases such as gingivitis and formation of cavities, bad breath etc.
The bristles of your toothbrush should not be too strong or else they would cause damage to the enamel. Avoid using large fancy toothbrushes as they are unable to reach the end of your mouth and do proper cleaning. Using a fluoride contained mouthwash is also a good alternative if you are unable to find time to brush your teeth. However, keep in mind that you should not completely depend on using such mouthwash all the time!
Periodic Dental Check-Up:
It is important to talk to your friends and do adequate research before taking the services of a dentist. Refrain from making excuses such as lack of time, inadequate funds etc. Only a dentist can tell whether or not you have cavities at the back of your mouth!
A good dentist has the knowledge and expertise to check the whole oral cavity and smallest areas of your teeth. Early detection of dental health issues can go a long way in saving a lot of pain and money in the long run. Make a point of visiting the dentist at least 2-3 times in a year after taking prior appointment.
Dental health is also greatly affected by what you eat. Certain foods such as cheese and milk which contain phosphate, casein and calcium protect your teeth against decay. Unsweetened tea, milk and fluoridated water are the best beverage choices. Other food choices include nuts, chicken, vegetables and crunchy/firm fruits (for example, pears and apples). These foods stimulate the saliva which helps in protecting against tooth decay by washing away buffering acid and food particles. Avoid foods such as raisins, bananas, french fries, pretzels, potato chips, muffins, breads, pies, cakes, cookies and candy such as mints, lollipops etc. Always remember to rinse your mouth thoroughly with water or mouthwash after every meal.