Routine dental care does much more than keep our teeth and mouths clean. It prevents common dental problems from developing into serious diseases that cause loss of teeth and other health problems. Dental problems resulting from neglected dental care can be painful, prevent you from enjoying your meals and interfere with proper chewing of food. Often, stained teeth, bad breath and missing teeth normally lead to low confidence and self-esteem.
There is also emerging information is from studies showing a strong link between poor dental care and serious health problems. Scientists are saying that some cases of strokes, Alzheimer’s, heart diseases, diabetes and premature births can be traced to poor oral hygiene. Good oral care habits are therefore more important than many people realize.
Generally, access to quality dental services has improved significantly in recent years owing to factors such as advances in dental technology, access to information and healthier lifestyles. Today more people have healthier teeth, thanks to improved dental care and oral hygiene products.
Basic Dental Care
Good oral health begins with routine dental care that basically involves regular brushing and flossing. This cleans the teeth and mouth by removing food particles that accumulate in between the teeth. Brushing and flossing also prevents the buildup of plaque, which is the leading cause of gum disease and tooth decay. Plaque is a thin layer that forms from food particles. It creates the right environment for bacteria to grow and thrive in the mouth. Eventually, the bacteria produce toxins that weaken the teeth’s enamel, cause unpleasant breath and gum disease. Majority of people with gum disease lose their teeth from as early as childhood. Besides brushing, flossing helps to remove food debris from areas that a tooth brush may not reach.
Brushing your teeth twice a day; in the morning and before bedtime and flossing once a day will keep your teeth and mouth clean and fresh. Make sure to spend at least three minutes brushing your teeth. You should also use proper brushing and flossing techniques using the right products and equipment. It is recommended that you use dental care products approved by regulatory bodies such as the American Dental Association. Such products have been tested and proven effective and safe for cleaning and maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Sometimes brushing and flossing needs to be complemented by a deeper cleaning procedure to remove hardened plaque, also known as tartar. Cleaning procedures are normally performed by dental hygienists. The procedure involves using special formulations and a machine that scraps off hardened plaque. Hygienists also polish the surface of the teeth to prevent bacteria from adhering to the area under the gums. Whitening procedures can also be performed if the teeth are stained.
Adopt a Healthy Diet
Diet plays an important role in dental care. If your diet is rich in sugar, you are at a higher risk of tooth decay and cavities, which can cause toothaches and loss of teeth. Your dentist will recommend a healthy diet rich in fiber, organic fruit and vegetables. Tobacco should also be avoided as it is a leading cause of staining and tooth decay. Remember to see your dentist regularly for dental checkups and treatment for any problems that may arise.