It is sometimes said that your mouth is like a door to the rest of your body, if you think about it….it literally is! Your oral health significantly contributes towards your overall health; it plays a key role in maintaining your well-being by eliminating the risks of dental diseases that can in some cases lead to the scary thought of tooth loss, bad breath and more drastic oral cancers.
In addition, keeping up with good oral habits helps you elongate the life of your teeth and gums and keep that young beautiful smile and of course a healthy mouth, everyone wants that. Brushing and flossing are the basics of home oral care and is essential to brush and floss the teeth you’d like to keep! However at home it’s difficult to reach some tough places that generally are the trouble spots, you know what I am talking about. Let’s look at 3 key steps you can take to give your oral health a fighting chance to live a long and happy life.
Your diet and daily habits play a key role in your dental health, yes having that warm tasty tea right before bed is one of those daily habits I am talking about. Certain substances, such as tobacco, caffeine, are known to cause substantial gum and teeth damage that can lead to tooth decay in the long run. Make gradual but consistent changes in your diet and lifestyle to reduce the damage of natural, remember that artificial compounds found in foods can significantly harm the health of your gums and teeth. Talk to your dental specialist in Dubai to learn more about lifestyle changes for prevention.
We brush our teeth on a regular basis but very few of us actually know how to do it right. Proper brushing involves various strokes with varying levels of intensity in order to remove food particles and debris that get stuck to the tooth enamel. Just like brushing, not many people know how to floss right.
Brushing should be done at least twice a day for 2 minutes. You can make yourself used to that time frame by using a stopwatch or by humming a 2 minute tune in your head to make brushing more fun.
Flossing is the best way to keep unwanted particles of food or plaque stuck between the teeth, this seems to me the most trouble spots to reach while brushing because we literally cannot remove our teeth clean them and put them back! This is where flossing is a must!
Take the flossing challenge once, brush your teeth for 2 minutes and then try to floss between your teeth and see what happens. I’ve done it myself and let me tell you, it’s crazy what you find! You might find gold if you are lucky!
Both brushing and flossing require a specific technique to get it done right and not harm your gums. Your dentist in Dubai will defiantly be able to show these steps to you on your next routine visit.
Now I know what you are thinking, did I just say your tongue…yes I did! Do you have any idea how much bacteria gets collected on your tongue daily from the food we consume or from foreign objects we have a habit of chewing on (like that pencil or pen…I’m guilty of that too)
You can clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner or with your tooth brush whichever makes you feel cleaner and better! Doing this once a day before you go to sleep will aid better breath, overall oral hygiene and also gets rid of any bacteria formed during the day. Plus it feels so good when your mouth is fresh! Give it a try!
So lets get down to the reality, brushing, flossing, cleaning your tongue, changing your habits are only the ABCs of dental care. In order to properly care for your oral health, you need to visit your dentist at least twice a year, every 6 months. Proper dental care and cleaning cannot be done at home; your dentist will make sure to get to all those tough places to reach, even with floss, and will make sure all the surfaces of your teeth are squeaky clean.
Regular visits to your dentist for oral cleaning does more than just clean your teeth; it contributes towards your overall well-being. During your appointments be sure that your dentist is doing a 20 point check on your overall oral health and clocking the condition of your teeth as well to let you know if there are cavities forming or if your gums need attention. This can save you a lot of time and energy and helps your relationship with your banker as prevention is the best way to save on dental work! Dental treatment is not expensive however neglecting the condition of your teeth in the long run will most likely cost you more.
Talk to your specialist today to learn more about oral health and how they can help you prevent serious oral disease.
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