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Protecting Dental Health

Dr.Aamir Khan Ahmed profile Authored by Dr.Aamir Khan Ahmed on 28 Nov 2013 - 14:53.

We generally seem to neglect dental health unless we have a problem with it. We neglect it every day in the way keep our oral hygiene or by the kind of diet we eat.

Right from the time we wake up in the morning to the end of the day, we use our  mouth to drink, eat, talk but then our teeth gets the least attention. Let's start from the products we use to clean our teeth --using products that have the IDA (Indian Dental Association) seal helps. "This means that the products — toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, etc. — are safe to use as directed and will keep your mouth healthy — no gum disease, no cavities," says Dr Aamir Ahmed Khan (BDS, FAGE).

Here are some basic principles to follow:

  • Spend at least three minutes brushing your teeth two times a day. Use a timer if you have to to ensure that you're spending enough time on your oral care routine.
  • Use floss at least once a day every day to clean between your teeth.
  • Buy IDA-approved dental cleaning tools and toothpaste.

Basically, brush and floss, and do it correctly. The goal of regular home care is to combat the build-up of plaque in and around your teeth and gums, and fight bad breath tooth decay, and gum disease. Adults who neglect their teeth and who let plaque build up often develop infections in the delicate tissue around their teeth.

A whole arsenal of dental health tools is available in drugstores to help you clean your teeth at home. These range from regular toothbrushes to power toothbrushes, inter-dental cleaners, waxed and un-waxed floss, oral irrigators, and mouth rinses. You should ask your dentist which of these tools you might want to include in your daily cleaning routine.

Consequences of poor oral hygiene

Poor oral hygiene invites plaque to accumulate around the base of your teeth and gum line, causing your gums to become red and inflamed. Plaque is the bacteria-laden film that, if allowed to accumulate on teeth and gums, will cause tooth decay and gum disease. If you neglect the care of your teeth at home and fail to go to the dentist regularly, accumulated plaque could potentially lead to the development of empty spaces around your teeth. These spaces could eventually lead to the destruction of bone and other fragile tissues supporting your teeth, and you could lose your teeth.

"The good news is that being diligent about your dental health care and getting regular dental checkups can prevent plaque from forming and even reverse early gum disease. A plaque-free mouth is a healthy mouth. Along with regular dental checkups, proper brushing and flossing are the only effective ways I know of preventing plaque build-up" says Dr. Aamir Ahmed Khan, Dentist.

Here's how to keep your mouth and teeth healthy:

  • Brush your teeth every day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Clean between your teeth every day with floss or another type of between-the-teeth cleaner
  • Snack smart - limit sugary snacks
  • Don't smoke or chew tobacco

See your dentist or oral health professional regularly atleast once in six months if not every quarterly. A dental checkup is as important as any other body organ checkup.

*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.