Dental check up

Our teeth are an important part of our body that needs care and protection against decay and plaque.

On today’s health talk, we will discuss extensively about our dental care. “How to take care of the teeth”

Because our teeth play an important role in our daily life, we must ensure they are properly cared for.

Tooth decay and gum disease are usually caused by plaque. Plaque is a sticky combination of bacteria and food which begins to build up on teeth within minutes after eating.

If we refuse to clean our teeth daily, plaque will develop and lead to tooth decay or gum disease and if these are not removed, it turns into a hard deposit called tartar that becomes trapped at the base of the tooth. Plaque and tartar irritate and inflame the gums. Bacteria and the toxins they produce cause the gums to become infected, swollen and tender. When this happens, our gums may bleed when we brush or floss and this is called gingivitis.

How should we take proper care of our teeth?

1. Flossing at least once per day will help our teeth and this is best done before bedtime. Flossing helps to remove plaque that is left behind after brushing from between the teeth and on the gums.

2. Our teeth should be brushed twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time with a soft-bristled toothbrush. This is also best done before bedtime.

3. Always use fluoride toothpaste. The fluoride helps strengthen our teeth and prevent tooth decay.

4. It’s advisable to always replace your toothbrush every 3 months or even sooner. A worn-out toothbrush will not properly clean your teeth. If it’s an electric toothbrush, change heads every 3 to 4 months as well.

5. It’s very important to eat a healthy diet. You are less likely to get gum disease if you eat healthy foods instead of processed, chemical-laden foods.

6. As much as possible avoid sweets and sweetened drinks. Consuming these processes drinks and sweets increases your risk of cavities. If you do eat sweets or sugar drinks, then make sure to brush your teeth soon after.

7. Avoid smoking. It’s been shown that smokers have more teeth and gum problems than non-smokers.

8. Keep dentures, retainers, and other appliances clean. This includes brushing them regularly. You may also need to soak them in a cleansing solution at night time.

 9. As much as possible, routine check up with your dentist will help you detect any dental problems quickly. Many dentists recommend having the teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months for optimal oral health.

We hope you enjoyed reading this piece on how to take care of the teeth.

P.S: Don’t forget to read our blog “Benefits of folic acid for pregnant women

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