Do's & Don't

Things you must keep in your mind for proper oral supervision

Do's

  • Proper Brushing twice a day is must. One should not rush while brushing.
  • You should use fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristled toothbrush. Some abrasive toothpastes can remove your tooth enamel. Using an electric or battery operated toothbrush may help in a better way.
  • You must rinse your toothbrush with water after brushing and after air drying it, Store your brush in upright position.
  • You must replace you toothbrush in every three to four months.
  • Flossing your teeth daily will help as you cannot reach the tight spaces between your teeth. Flossing before brushing will help.
  • After brushing and flossing, one can use an antimicrobial mouth rinse or a mouth rinse containing fluoride for increasing their oral health.
  • Visit your dentist once in six months for professional cleanings and oral exam.
  • Massage your gums once a day with your finger to increase blood flow and protect your gums against infections.
  • Maintain good tongue hygiene, by cleaning your tongue thoroughly with a tongue cleaner.
  • Take adequate care of your oral health during pregnancy, as it is directly linked to the oral health of the developing child.
  • Drink plenty of liquids, especially water to keep your mouth moist.
  • Strengthen your teeth by including green leafy vegetables, milk, curd, seasonal fruits, tomatoes and carrots.

Don't

  • Don't Brush your teeth too aggressively.
  • Don't suck on lemons. The acid from a lemon can eat through your tooth enamel.
  • Don't Use your teeth to open a bottle or wrapper.
  • Don't Use somebody else's toothbrush. Toothbrushes are full of bacteria, so you're opening yourself up to the possibility of gum disease.
  • Don't chew on ice cubes. Chewing on ice can cause teeth to crack.
  • Avoid smoking, as it is known to cause oral cancer, besides it also raises the risk of heart and respiratory diseases.
  • Avoid sipping coffee, soft drinks and tea throughout the day. This habit of sipping drinks can create an environment where it's easier for decay-promoting bacteria to flourish and erode tooth enamel.
  • Avoid sticky and excessive sweet items.
  • You must avoid using toothpicks or other objects that could injure your gums.
  • Avoid eating carbohydrates which can remain on your tooth surface like candies, chips etc daily.

When to see the dentist

In the meantime, you should meet your dentist if you notice any symptoms that could create oral health problems, such as:

  • Red, tender or swollen gums.
  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss.
  • Gums that begin pulling away from your teeth.
  • Loose permanent teeth.
  • Changes in the way your top and bottom teeth align with each other.
  • Unusual sensitivity to hot and cold.
  • Persistent bad breath or an unusual taste in your mouth.

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