Oral Hygiene Revisited

“A smile says a thousand words.” This age-old adage stands the test of time as smile is the true indicator of oral health and hygiene. Oral health is the window to overall health and body functioning. Any anomaly in oral health indicates bodily dysfunction and vice-versa. Several clinical studies suggest that oral disease and bacteria may be the potential risk factors for systemic diseases like cardiovascular diseases, Bacterial Pneumonia, Low birth weight, Diabetes and Osteoporosis. Likewise, many stomach ailments cause bad breath.

Despite the knowledge about Oral Hygiene being omnipresent with the mushrooming of various oral healthcare brands and high-scale advertising of dedicated weeks and days for Oral Health, ignorance for maintaining oral health persists. Read on to brush your oral hygiene-related facts.

Oral Hygiene- 
Clean and debris free teeth, pink and non-swollen gums, and fresh breath are signs of a healthy mouth. But there are several common oral problems you can, and must be aware of. 

Dental Plaque-It’s a thin film on the teeth that causes tooth decay and gum inflammation (Gingivitis). Plaque hardens and forms tartar, which attacks tooth enamel and causes tooth decay and even discolouration. This is caused by sugary snacks and deposition of debris from food. To avoid plaque, develop a habit of brushing your teeth twice a day with a gentle yet firm toothbrush.

Periodontal Disease- After age of 35, periodontal disease is more common than tooth decay. It causes irreparable damage. Teeth loosen up and may require surgery. To prevent this, floss your teeth and tongue alongside brushing. If it gets severe, go for thorough cleaning – scaling and root planning – and visit your periodontist frequently.

Oral Cancer- Main source of this form of cancer is smoking and excessive use of tobacco Quit smoking, rinse your mouth with mouthwash and mouth-freshener, and steer clear of chewing tobacco.

Dental Fillings Breakdown- When dental fillings start to breakdown, food and bacteria get underneath them and may affect the nerve. Root Canal Treatment is a plausible solution.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders- Bite irregularities and oral habits like grinding teeth lead to painful Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). This can be prevented by relaxing jaw and face muscles. Use of ice for 10-15 minutes is anti-inflammatory in cases of severe jaw swelling.

Women And Oral Problems- Women have unique dental problems; different in different stages of life e.g. inflammation and bleeding of gums. A number of studies show link between osteoporosis and bone loss in jaw that may lead to tooth loss. Additional calcium intake is a must, especially post-pregnancy.

Good Oral Hygiene is truly the first step to overall wellness and health. Investment in Health Insurance sector in India to cover your oral healthcare is a prudent decision at any age.

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