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Your Oral Health Guide – World Oral Health Day

written by Vidya Sury September 12, 2011

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September 12 is World Oral Health Day.

On this occasion, here’s a fantastic Oral Health Guide I came across. You are welcome to print and keep this. At the end of the tips are some useful resources for further reading. This is divided into:

  • An introduction
  • Brushing and flossing tips
  • Healthy diet for oral health
  • Long term dental care tips
  • Oral health care resources
  • Finding a Dentist
An Introduction:
Taking care of your teeth and gums is essential to good oral health. Ensuring that your mouth is healthy is important to overall well being. It can also help you avoid painful and expensive cavities, oral infections, and diseases of the mouth like gingivitis. Studies have also shown that plaque buildup on teeth can contribute to artery and heart disease, so regular brushing and flossing is essential. Good oral health can also help you avoid embarrassing conditions like bad breath or yellowing teeth. Make sure include regular brushing as a part of your every day routine, and your teeth and gums will thank you.
Brushing and Flossing
  1. Always brush your teeth before bedtime, and after every meal if at all possible.
  2. Use toothpaste that contains fluoride to help prevent cavities.
  3. A soft head or medium head toothbrush are best; hard bristles can be too tough on teeth and cause irritation of the enamel.
  4. Flossing after brushing each time helps remove plaque from between the teeth, and helps with breath.
  5. Brush your tongue as well as your teeth to help eliminate mouth-borne bacteria.
  6. A mouthwash can help with oral health; mouthwashes with alcohol can dry out the mouth, so try to use brands that contain no alcohol.
  7. If you do not have toothpaste, baking soda and water works just as effectively as brand name toothpaste.
  8. Be sure to brush below the gum line as well as directly on the teeth.
  9. While brushing, the length of time it takes to brush should be no less than two minutes.
  10. Dental floss with mint flavoring can help to promote good breath.
Healthy Diet
  1. Avoid eating too much sugar and drinking sugary drinks such as soda, sweetened teas, or fruit juices.
  2. Nuts, dairy foods such as cheese, and meats are all good dietary choices that can help strengthen enamel because of the calcium and vitamins they provide.
  3. Foods like bananas and French fries are bad for the teeth, since these types of foods tend to stick to your teeth throughout the day.
  4. Chewing sugarless gum after a meal is a good way to substitute brushing in between meals; it can help remove food particles from between the teeth.
  5. Foods like onion and garlic can contribute to bad breath. If you do eat these types of foods, try to brush your teeth as soon as possible afterward.
  6. Snacking between meals should be limited. If you choose to snack, try to eat healthy foods without sugar.
  7. Acidic foods and drink such as oranges or orange juice can promote tooth decay and enamel wear. If you do consume acidic foods, be sure to brush your teeth afterwards.
  8. Vitamin deficiency can cause tooth decay and oral disease. Make sure you are getting enough essential vitamins such as the B vitamins, calcium, and other much needed essentials.
  9. Fresh fruits like apples can be good for your teeth because they can help remove loose foods and clean the surface of your teeth.
  10. The average adult should get a minimum of 500 milligrams of calcium per day to ensure healthy, strong teeth.
Long-Term Dental Care
  1. Getting regular teeth cleanings and checkups at the dentist every six months is recommended.
  2. Replace your toothbrush every two months to ensure proper cleaning. Keep brushes free from germs.
  3. A sealant can be applied to the teeth by an oral health professional, which will help protect enamel and keep teeth looking their best.
  4. Braces can sometimes be recommended by an orthodontist to help teeth grow straight. Sometimes, adults can wear braces to help the appearance of their teeth.
  5. If you have a toothache, it is important to seek dental care immediately as this could be a potential infection or abscess tooth.
  6. Children as young as six months old should begin visiting a dentist regularly to check for any potential problems and begin a lifetime of healthy oral care.
  7. Those with heart valve problems or a compromised immune system should always take antibiotics before any dental work is performed.
  8. Avoid chewing tobacco or smoking to help ensure gum, mouth, and teeth health for life.
  9. Good long term dental care can prevent excess dentist visits, cavities, yellowing teeth, and bad breath.
  10. Always communicate any changes in tooth sensitivity, tastes in your mouth, or other issues with your dentist so they can help assess potential problems.
Oral Health Care
Finding a Dentist
  • What To Look For – A very informative list of what to look for in a dentist, and what to avoid.
  • Questions to Ask – Ten questions to ask a potential dentist to ensure you make a good choice.
I am grateful to Daily Glow for this wonderful oral health guide
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Have a question? Please email me at vidzword at gmail dot com
Stay healthy!
Vidya Sury

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