After having my teeth extracted, I understand the pain and frustration that a person has to go through because of poor dental hygiene. Before you make some nasty judgments about my oral health, let me clarify that I am a pretty strict person when it comes to hygiene. I brush two times a day – without fail. I still landed up having dental problems. With this experience, I would like to mention a few tips for mothers and kids alike to avoid dental problems.
- Brush twice a day – NOT MORE: Brushing after every meal might look like you are maintaining your oral health perfectly. WRONG!! You are only damaging your enamel. Brushing twice a day is important…nothing more than that. However, rinsing your mouth with water after every meal keeps the mouth bacteria at bay and prevents oral health issues.
- Flossing is important: The golden rule is “Brushing is for your teeth. Flossing is for your gums”. Reading over the internet gave me scary results. It shows that there are around 80000 types of bacteria in the mouth. I put on these figures, not to scare you…just to emphasize the importance of flossing and keeping these bacteria away.
- Schedule a regular dentist appointment – EVEN IF NOTHING IS WRONG: A regular and general oral checkup includes looking for tooth decay if any and overall dental and gum hygiene. A good dentist will look for tartars and plaque – which, if it develops can cause gum infections. Don’t be surprised if your dentist also looks for indications of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies. Your dental professional cleans your mouth by removing the plaque. Then there is polishing that is done to your teeth. Flossing between your teeth and finally rinsing.