Did you peep through the window of your oral health?

Talking about food or pills, our mouth is the entry point for anything we consume. Did you know that your oral health offers clues about your overall health? It is actually a window to it. A deprived oral health might contribute to various diseases or vice versa i.e. certain conditions/diseases might affect your oral health too.
Healthygums and teeth help you to enjoy good food and eat well. Here are few general guidelines for good oral health:
• The childhood reminder: ‘Brush your teeth twice a day’- It is important to brush your teeth as every day a thin film of bacteria called dental plaque builds up on your teeth. The bacteria in plaque produce acids that can harm enamel (outer hard covering of teeth) and cause dental caries.
• Use fluoride toothpaste – Most toothpastes now contain fluoride and most people get their fluoride while brushing. But it is important to check your fluoride levels in toothpaste before we use them. All children up to 3 years should use a toothpaste with fluoride level of at least 1000 ppm. After 3 years old, they should use a toothpaste that contain 1350 ppm to 1500 ppm.
• Most of us face gum diseases that may make our gums tender, reddish and more likely to bleed. It is important we brush and floss our teeth regularly and visit your dentist in a routine for regular checkup and cleaning.
• Use a soft bristle tooth brush and replace your tooth brush every 3 to 4 months
• People with arthritis or other conditions that limit hand motion may find it hard to hold and use a toothbrush. Then it can be helpful to use a toothbrush with a comparatively long handle. You can also use an electric toothbrush and attach the toothbrush handle to your hand with a wide elastic band.
• Neonatal oral health- The WHO and American Pediatric Association have shown that breastfeeding influences correct alignment of the teeth.
• Eating a well-balanced diet- Wondering how diet affects our oral health? Find out in the upcoming article.
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