Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Basic dental care is important to your overall well-being.
Basic dental care involves brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, seeing your dentist for regular check-ups and cleaning’s. In addition is also eating a mouth-healthy diet — foods high in whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and dairy products.
Basic dental care results in a mouth that looks and smells healthy. This means:
- Your teeth are clean and free of food particles
- Gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss
- Bad breath is at bay
Daily healthy practices includes proper brushing and flossing. They will help stop tooth problems before they develop. Besides, it is much less painful, expensive, and worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.
Why is basic dental care important?
Practicing basic dental care:
- Prevents tooth decay.
- Prevents gum (periodontal) disease. This can damage gum tissue and the bones that support the teeth. All these can eventually lead to the loss of teeth.
- Shortens time with the dentist and dental hygienist, and makes the trip more pleasant.
- Saves money. By preventing tooth decay and gum disease, you can reduce the need for fillings and other costly procedures.
- Helps prevent bad breath. Brushing and flossing rid your mouth of the bacteria that cause bad breath.
- Helps keep teeth white by preventing staining from food, drinks, and tobacco.
- Improves overall health.
- Makes it possible for your teeth to last a lifetime.
Proper brushing techniques in basic dental care
Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gum-line and sweep or roll the brush away from the gum-line.
Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.
Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.
Proper Flossing Technique
Use about 18″ of floss, leaving an inch or two to work with.
Gently follow the curves of your teeth.
Be sure to clean beneath the gum-line, but avoid snapping the floss on the gums.
Are there ways to avoid dental problems?
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy requires good nutrition and regular brushing and flossing.
- Brush your teeth twice a day-in the morning and before bed. In addition, floss once a day. This removes plaque, which can lead to damaged teeth, gums, and surrounding bone.
- Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Because, it helps prevent tooth decay and cavities. Ask your dentist if you need a mouthwash that contains fluoride or one with ingredients that fight plaque.
- Avoid foods that contain a lot of sugar. Because, sugar helps plaque grow.
- Avoid using tobacco products, which can cause gum disease and oral cancer. Exposure to tobacco smoke (second-hand smoke) also may cause gum disease as well as other health problems.
- Practice tongue cleaning. You can use a tongue cleaner or a soft-bristle toothbrush, stroking in a back-to-front direction. Tongue cleaning is particularly important for people who smoke or whose tongues are coated or deeply grooved.
- Schedule regular trips to the dentist based on how often you need examinations and cleaning.
When should your child start seeing a dentist?
Experts recommend that your child’s visits to a dentist start within 6 months. This especially after the first teeth appear or at 12 months of age, whichever comes first. However, if your baby has dental problems due to injury, disease, or a developmental problem, see your paediatric dentist right away.