We all must have heard the term “be mouth-aware”. Knowing your mouth is essential to have a healthy mouth.
Here are some tips which will help you to achieve having a smart mouth.
Brush and floss technique
Regular brushing and flossing are keys to have a healthy and disease-free mouth. Brushing twice a day, along with flossing, is an effective way to prevent gum diseases and tooth decay.
Do not ever go to bed without brushing and flossing. If you ever become lazy and skip a night, remember that all the bacteria and plaque are residing on your teeth all night and doing their bacterial activity in the mouth even when you are not awake.
Brushing techniques vary for adults and children. But the bottom line is that you need to brush and floss regularly.
Also, do not forget to brush your tongue (tongue acts as a carpet for bacteria to hide in, and serves a good role in producing foul or bad breath).
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Instill good habits from early ages
Good or bad, it all starts from a very early age. Habits developed at the early stages can grow stronger over time. The same goes for having a good set of teeth and gums. It is important to encourage the kids at an early age to practice good oral hygiene. Help them understand the importance of teeth, both milk and permanent teeth.
Get in the habit of brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice every day. Sit with the kids in front of a mirror and hold their hand with a toothbrush to brush their teeth. Positive reinforcement can also be used as one of the ways to encourage them to practice good oral hygiene.
Fluoride is a mineral that facilitates enamel remineralization, which means it helps against tooth decay at initial stages by fighting the bacteria and serves as a protective barrier on the tooth surface. Upon recommendation from a professional dentist, use a fluoridated toothpaste. A key ingredient to look into while purchasing a toothpaste is fluoride and the amount of fluoride in it.
Avoid tobacco consumption
Know that tobacco is not only bad for the body but is also not a healthy option for oral health. The nicotine component in tobacco has several side effects on the mouth. It restricts the blood supply to the soft tissues causing severe periodontal disease oral cancer.
Oral cancer is one of the leading causes of death around the globe with high rates of recurrence. The nicotine also plays a vital role in developing teeth stains directly.
Quitting tobacco is not an easy job. All you need is commitment, grit, and perseverance.
Have a healthy diet
A proper diet indeed makes our body healthy. Whatever we eat first goes into our mouth, having its effects locally and then into our body to have the impact systemically. Having a balanced diet is all that we require.
Crunchy and fibrous food such as apples, carrots, and cucumber improves chewing functions of the jaw and provides a cleansing effect on the gums and teeth. It is best to limit the consumption of carbohydrate-rich diets such as soda, pop, cola, cookies, chocolates, etc. because of their harmful effects on the body and teeth.
The bacteria in our mouth converts the sugar component into acid, and this acid erodes enamel (outermost layer of teeth). The frequency of such acidic foods should also be considered. It is better to avoid fizzy drinks like cola. Alcohol should also be out of the question. Or at the very least, consumed in moderate amounts.
Screen mouth at home
A simple and easy way to prevent ourselves from serious dental conditions is to do a simple mouth screening every day. A mouth screening can be done with simple dental kits.
Grab that little mirror and look around your teeth from inside and outside. Check for any decays or darker areas on the teeth. Look for the color and inflammation of the gums (color of healthy gums may vary from pale pink to dark-hued pink or sometimes darker for dark tone skin due to excess melatonin). Don’t forget to examine the tongue and inner sides of the cheek.
This way, we can save ourselves from dental diseases such as cavities, gum diseases, and most importantly – oral cancer if caught at early stages.
Visit for dental check regularly
Get into the habit of regular dental visits. It is crucial to have routine dental checkups to catch any kind of dental or health issue at its earliest. Also, stay true to your dentist about your concerns and regular oral hygiene.
Otherwise, he or she will not be able to treat your teeth correctly. Even if the situation is not that great, be honest about it and trust the professional.