Since we all know and understand how important good dental or oral care is to maintain healthy teeth, gums and tongue, we must understand that it involves more than just brushing. Even though all oral problems including bad breath, dry mouth, canker or cold sores, TMD, tooth decay or thrush, all are treatable with proper diagnosis and care, we at Ayushman Hospital and Health Services always suggest and push for our clients to follow certain steps regularly and indeterringly to prevent the hassle involved in treatment of such oral diseases.
Some of these oral health tips are:-
Understand your own oral health needs and plan your oral care accordingly:
An example of such a situation is a medical/health condition like pregnancy, heart disease, diabetes or cancer which can all impact oral health and necessitate the patient to bring about a change in his/her oral care with consent from the dentist. Hence, your dentist must know about any change in your general health or any prescribed medications.
Develop AND FOLLOW a daily oral health routine:
Make a oral health care plan with your AHHS dentist’s suggestions, turn it into a routine and then follow it on a daily basis. Commit yourself to it!
Use fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses: It prevents tooth decay.
Brush, floss, and rinse daily: This routine helps in preventing buildup of bacterial plaque which causes gum disease and other periodontal diseases.
Eat a balanced diet and limit snacking: Eat fewer foods that contain starches and sugars. Either brush or chew sugarless gum after snacking.
Quit tobacco: THIS CANNOT BE EMPHASISED ENOUGH!
Examine your mouth regularly: It is imperative for a person’s oral health that he/she becomes familiar with his/her mouth and do thorough examination from time to time. Signs to look out for include development of any spots, lesions, cuts, swellings, or growths on the gums, tongue, cheeks, inside of the lips and floor or roof of the mouth. Examine the teeth for any signs of chipping or cracking, discoloration and looseness. Any kind of change or pain must be brought to the dentist’s attention as soon as possible.
Visit your dentist REGULARLY: According to standard rules, a person should visit a dentist twice a year for check-ups and cleanings.But this may differ from person to person according to their needs and the status of their oral health.