We all realise the importance of a healthy smile. While teeth and gums make it easy for you to eat well and enjoy good food, there are several problems that can affect the health of your mouth.
On the occasion of World Oral Health Day, Dr Ajay Kakar, a leading dentist comes forward with a detailed analysis of tooth sensitivity and shares some simple tips to take care of this condition.
According to him, we need to be aware of the seriousness of maintaining oral hygiene and what better way than analysing the most commonly faced oral problems.
Types of Oral Diseases
Does eating ice cream or sipping a cup hot coffee seems to be an ordeal for you? If so, you may be facing sensitive teeth. While the sensations may be temporary & intermittent, the condition is permanent & can worsen with time.
It is important to visit the dentist and understand the root cause of the sensitivity. Further to that simply switching to a desensitizing toothpaste will protect tooth enamel and extend effective relief to your gums.
Brushing your teeth twice a day is recommended always, failing which food particles can remain in your mouth, promoting bacterial growth between teeth, around the gums, and on the tongue, leading to bad breath.
There are fresh breath toothpastes designed specially to mask bad breath.
Plaque on teeth
Plaque is a soft, yellowy film that you might often find sticking onto your teeth. It contains millions of bacteria which are said to cause tooth decay and gum disease. The best way to remove plaque is to brush and floss your teeth every day.
When you use a toothpaste that attacks plaque, it, in fact, fights the germs that cause cavities.
Additionally, here are some simple brushing rituals to keep your teeth healthy and shining bright.
How to brush your teeth
You’re brushing too hard
Aggressive toothbrushing is a well-intentioned mistake! When you brush too hard, it can wear down the teeth enamel and also damage the gums. What’s more, aggressive toothbrushing is a leading contributor to sensitive teeth.
Choosing a wrong toothbrush
An important feature of a toothbrush is the bristles that remove the bacteria and loosen plaque from your teeth and gums. Choosing a toothbrush with hard bristles can wear down your tooth structure. Compared to hard bristles, soft bristles can clean teeth more effectively.
Not brushing long enough
Take enough time to brush your teeth properly and thoroughly. When in doubt, follow the 2s: 2 minutes, 2 times a day rule. As per this rule, it is advisable to spend at least 2 minutes every time you brush- and you should be brushing your teeth twice daily.
The mouth should be adequately rinsed with water after consuming food every time and in-between snacks. The rightful brushing should also be accompanied by dental flossing every day for complete removal of the plaque in between teeth as well as cleaning of the tongue with aids specially designed for it.