When you have a beautiful smile, it becomes an autograph of your personality. And it is the healthy white teeth that make a beautiful smile. For ideal dental health, you should be aware of all the facts about oral hygiene. Here are 6 dental health facts that you should know.
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6 Dental Health Facts
1. A healthy diet for healthy teeth:
A healthy diet is important for dental health. The food that you choose to eat can affect the health of your teeth. Bad eating habits can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Foods that contain high sugar and carbohydrates comes in contact with the plaque in your mouth and causes acid attacks to the tooth enamel, breaking it down and thus forming a decay. On the contrary, foods like cheese, milk, and yogurt are high in calcium and protein that strengthens the tooth enamel. Maintaining a healthy eating habit can reduce the risk of gum disease and cavities.
Different people can have different dental issues like sensitivity, gum problems, tooth decay, bad breath, tartar buildup. Various kinds of toothpaste are available with various ingredients that can protect or cure each of these dental problems. You should choose the one that best suits your needs. Likewise, not all toothbrushes can fit in your mouth. There are certain things you need to look before choosing a toothbrush like the size, the bristle variety. If you have gum problems, dentists advise using a toothbrush with soft bristles. Depending on the strength of your teeth and vigorous brushing, the doctor can advise you a suitable toothbrush.
Proper brushing involves 2 minutes at least. Most people brush for about only a minute. You can keep a stopwatch to properly brush your teeth. Following should be the technique of your brushing.
Start with cleaning the outer surfaces of your upper teeth
Then clean the outer part of lower teeth
Brush the inner part of your upper teeth
Then brush the inner part of your lower teeth
Clean the chewing surfaces
Don’t forget to brush your tongue too
4. Floss is important:
Flossing removes about 40% of bacteria and plaque from your teeth. Plaque causes acid attacks on enamel, breaking it, which leads to tooth decay. It also causes other dental problems like gum disease. There can be many surfaces of your teeth left uncleaned if you don’t floss. A combination of brushing and floss is important for complete mouth cleaning.
5. Dental health facts for kids:
Teaching children about oral care at an early age is very important for long-term dental health. Following are some important dental health facts for kids:
Make your child brush at least twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles.
For children aged 3-6 use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
Parents can start flossing their teeth daily when the child has two teeth next to each other
6. Regular dental checkups is a must:
Regular checkups are one of the most important facts about dental health. You should see your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleaning and checkup. There can be any hidden oral problem or symptom, that only a dentist can identify and which you’re not aware of. The regular checkup will reduce the risk of long-term dental issues.
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