10 tips for healthy teeth

toothpaste and tooth brushOur dental health is extremely important for our overall well being, as oral health hazards not only plague the mouth but can even have adverse effects on the heart, lungs and digestive system.

Hence, it is important to take care of our teeth and mouth for our overall health and a great smile. Dr CD Dwarakanath,  Indian Society of Periodontology shares with us 10 everyday tips for a healthy mouth and teeth.

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day for at least 3-5 minutes.
  2. Place the bristles along the gum line at a 45-degree angle. Gently brush the outer tooth surfaces of 2-3 teeth using a vibrating back and forth motion. Clean outer, inner and biting surfaces of teeth with scrubbing motion.
  3. Use an anti-microbial mouthwash to get 100% protection. Studies show an essential oil based mouthwash reduces plaque by 70% and gum problems by 36% over brushing alone.
  4. Recommended dosage for mouthwash is 10ml undiluted for 30 seconds morning and night.
  5. Floss your teeth. Ease the floss gently between your teeth; pull the floss smoothly back and front.
  6. Brush and clean your tongue too.
  7. Quit smoking and chewing tobacco since these can cause gum diseases, bad breath, tooth discoloration and even oral cancer besides a whole lot of diseases of the body.
  8. Avoid sticky, sugary and starchy foods as these can lead to tooth decay. Instead consume foods rich in fibre, calcium and vitamin C.
  9. Too much consumption of tea and coffee should be avoided since they can stain your teeth.
  10. Go for a dental check-up once every 6 months even if you do not have any pain or discomfort as this will help diagnose any problems that might otherwise go undetected.

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