Oral health can directly or indirectly affect the health of the whole body. Oral diseases such as caries and periodontal diseases can damage the hard tissues of the teeth and the supporting tissues around the teeth. In addition to affecting the functions and aesthetics of chewing and speaking, they can also cause difficulties in social communication and psychological barriers.
And here are 4 tips for your oral health.
1. Brush your teeth in the morning and evening, rinse your mouth after meals
Brushing your teeth can remove dental plaque, soft dirt, and food residues, maintain oral hygiene and maintain healthy teeth and periodontal tissues.
After brushing your teeth, plaque may soon reattach to the clean tooth surface and continue to form, especially after falling asleep at night, the saliva secretion is reduced, the oral cavity self-cleaning effect is poor, and bacteria are more likely to grow. Therefore, brush your teeth at least twice a day, and it is more important to brush your teeth at night before going to bed.
Rinsing after meals can remove food residues in your mouth and keep your mouth clean.
2. Develop good eating habits
Eating habits are closely related to dental health. Sugar and carbohydrates in the oral cavity are one of the main causes of caries. The main cause of dental caries is sucrose, followed by glucose and starch. If you regularly consume too many sugary sweets or drink too many carbonated beverages and fail to clean your mouth in time, it will cause tooth demineralization, causing caries or tooth sensitivity.
Therefore, you should minimize the number of times you eat sugar every day, drink less carbonated drinks, and stop eating after brushing your teeth before going to bed at night.
3. Use fluoride toothpaste to prevent caries
Toothpaste is a kind of preparation that assists in brushing teeth, which can enhance the friction of brushing teeth, help remove food debris, soft scale, and dental plaque, help eliminate or reduce oral odor, and freshen breath.
Fluoride toothpaste has a clear anti-caries effect, and its wide application worldwide is one of the main reasons for the substantial decline in the incidence of caries. Using fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth is a safe and effective anti-caries measure, especially suitable for children and the elderly who are prone to caries.
But please note: toothpaste is not a medicine. It can only prevent oral diseases or relieve symptoms. It cannot treat oral diseases. If you have oral diseases, you should go to the hospital for treatment on time.
4. Go to the hospital regularly for oral health checkups and teeth cleaning
Dental plaque, food residues, and soft scales adhere to the surface of the teeth and combine with the minerals in the saliva to gradually calcify to form calculus. The rough surface of tartar causes bad irritation to the gums and is conducive to the adhesion of new dental plaque, which is a contributing factor to periodontal disease.
Self-health care methods can only remove dental plaque, but not calculus. Therefore, it is necessary to go to the hospital regularly for teeth cleaning by a dentist, preferably once a year. Tooth cleaning is the use of dental instruments by dentists to remove tartar and plaque deposited on the supragingival and subgingival areas around the gingival margin. There may be slight bleeding in the process of cleaning the teeth. After cleaning the teeth, there may be temporary tooth sensitivity, but generally, it will not damage the gums and teeth, let alone cause sparse interdental and loss of teeth.
Clean teeth regularly to keep teeth strong and periodontal health.
Many oral diseases often occur slowly. There are usually no obvious symptoms in the early stage, and they are generally not easy to notice. When there are uncomfortable symptoms such as pain, it may have reached the middle and late stages of the disease, and the treatment is more complicated. Therefore, it is also very necessary to have a regular oral health check, which can detect and treat oral diseases in time, and also help doctors take measures to prevent and control the development of oral diseases according to the situation.
About oral health, you can read more on WHO.