I hope all of you are keeping well.
We are going through this Covid-19 pandemic together. Sooner than later, we all need to realize that irrespective of the ongoing crisis, life goes on. so taking a break from our basic oral hygiene measures will do more harm than good.
So, let’s just revise or highlight a few things which you can continue or squeeze in between your Netflix and chill routine.
1. Brush twice a day, and do it right!
Brushing is one of the primary step to keep your oral cavity germ healthy. These are some basic steps to reinforce brushing in a proper way-
- Place the bristle of your brush at 45 degrees against the gum line
- Gently brush using back and forth motion
- This is followed by a downward sweeping motion along with the tooth.
- Use the same method on the inner side of the tooth as we generally tend to overlook it.
- Avoid vigorous horizontal movement of the brush along the tooth surface as it leads to abrasion of the tooth surface.
- 2mins of brushing is sufficient involving cleaning of both upper, lower, inner, and outer surfaces of the tooth, avoid overdoing it.
- Fluoride containing toothpaste should be used, avoid using tooth cleaning powder or any other Ayurvedic paste as it has more abrasive agents it which would lead sensitivity later on.
2. Don't forget to clean your tongue
We tend to overlook the tongue, but the maximum number of Gram-negative bacteria responsible for bad breath is found in the pits of the tongue.
Use the tongue cleaner or brush (bristle surface) gently, after cleaning your teeth on the upper surface of the tongue.
3. Floss, Floss, Floss!
After brushing, don’t forget to floss as the bristle of the brush doesn’t reach in the interdental area of the tooth. Use floss and pass it through the interdental regions of the tooth to remove any remaining debris of food that is left there. After this don’t forget to gargle with the clean water.
4. Use mouthwash.
Leftover of food in the mouth and their deposition are the main cause of tooth decay. In this case, after meal, we should use mouth wash and swish it thoroughly around for 45 secs or so, and then spitting van helps us to get rid of that debris and we also get a fresh, odour free breath.
5. Gargle using warm saline water.
In case we don’t have mouth wash, we can also use warm saline water. Take warm saline water swish it around 3 times a day, generally after the meals.
Osmotic action of the salt will dissolve all the remains of the food from the tooth surface and interdental area of the tooth. It also helps in improving gingival health.
6. Drink water - lots of it!
Yes, you read it right “water”. Drinking water with fluoride is “natures cavity fighter”. Saliva is our mouth first Défense against tooth decay. It washes away leftover food. It also has calcium and phosphate which also helps in remineralization of teeth.
Dry mouth may put you at high risk for tooth decay. Drinking water helps cut your risk as water will evenly spread saliva around the tooth surface and hence reduces the risk. Drink water frequently to avoid the risk of caries.
7. Eat healthy, and please eat healthy.
It’s said that “the food you eat today is walking and talking tomorrow”. Eating healthy is a solution to a lot of problems and one of that is oral health. Fibrous fruits and vegetables are considered very healthy for the teeth and gingiva as-
- These fruits and vegetables increase the saliva content thus helps in flushing the debris.
- They help in increasing the blood circulation in the gingival tissue.
- Proper chewing also helps in exercise of oral muscles
Vitamin C also plays a key role in improving gingival health reduces the risk of pyorrhoea and scurvy. Fruits like orange, strawberry, lemon are few such fruits rich in vitamin C.
Food which is rich in refined sugar stick to the tooth surface and is difficult to remove and hence increasing the risk of oral caries.
All these are simple steps to maintain your oral health. Maintaining oral health is equals to maintaining overall health. I hope this was helpful!!!
If you are following this, its awesome keep at it, and if not, no worries its better late than never.
Take Care & Stay Home.
Dr. Eshita Dubey