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Dental Health Care


Dental health care is one area of health that most people do not give much attention to unless they are forced to. Apart from brushing their teeth once or maybe twice a day, most people completely ignore their teeth until they start suffering from bad breath, a toothache, or sore gums, by which time rather drastic measures may be necessary to solve the problem. As always, prevention is better than cure, and it is therefore very important to understand how to maintain good dental hygiene.

Oral health and dental hygiene can be maintained quite easily by following these simple practices:

  • Brushing: Brushing is one of the most important dental health care practices, and is fortunately something that most people do. Many people however do not brush their teeth properly.
    Ideally, you should use a medium toothbrush and apply firm but gentle pressure, ensuring that you brush every tiny bit of your teeth from every possible angle. Thoroughly brushing your teeth should take you at two to three minutes.  If it takes less time, you are not doing a good enough job. You should also consider using a fluoride toothpaste, unless the water you use is itself fluoridated. Fluoride is extremely important in order to protect your teeth against cavities. Brush your teeth twice a day, and, if you feel the need, after every meal.
  • Flossing and rinsing: You should floss at least once a day, preferably before going to bed, in order to get rid of plaque and remnants of food that are not removed by brushing. This is essential for the health of both the gums and the teeth. You can also use a suitable mouthwash to rinse your mouth – consider whether you need fluoride, whether it is advisable to use one that contains alcohol (it is antibacterial, but also has a drying effect), and whether it is too acidic.
  • Beneficial foods: Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins that are important for development and maintenance of the teeth, and therefore an essential part of dental health care. Fruits and vegetables also provide fiber, which promotes the production of saliva, which in turn helps keep the teeth and gums clean. In addition, meat, fish, and dairy products contain minerals such as zinc, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, which are also needed by the teeth.
  • Harmful foods: Certain foods tend to invite trouble, and while it is not necessary (or even possible) to completely avoid them, you should try to limit your intake of them both as far as quantity and timing go. Sugars are the biggest danger to teeth, but carbohydrates, particularly simple carbohydrates found in confectioneries and other sweets, can also be harmful. It is best not to munch on these things too often, and limit consumption to meal times, ensuring that you brush your teeth and rinse your moth after the meal. The only substance that should be completely avoided is tobacco — chewing and smoking tobacco both significantly damage teeth and oral tissue as well, and can seriously undo all other dental health care measures.

Should Kids Be Allowed To Chew Gum?

There a many advantages and disadvantages in the relationship between chewing gum and children’s health. In some cases swallowing chewing gum may cause health problems in children like diarrhea, ulcers and constipation. On the other hand some studies have shown that children who chew gum containing xylitol are at lower risk to middle ear infections. In the case of children dental health is a priority and should never be neglected. Chewing gum can cause tooth and jaw problems in younger children and is hence not recommended. Swallowing gum can also cause more serious health concerns like esophageal and colon blockages.

Is Dental Hygiene Good For Health?

It is vital to pay close attention to dental hygiene for health reasons and to avoid problems like tooth decays and gum diseases. Dental hygiene is not only a must to keep the mouth and teeth healthy but also to protect the gums lifelong. Brushing your teeth and flossing everyday can help protect you from problems like painful cavities, tooth decays, tartar and plaque and other gum diseases. It is therefore important to know about the various dental hygiene health benefits so that other health problems like bad breath and tooth sensitivity can also be avoided with regular dental care.
Submitted on January 16, 2014