If you look into your own mouth or someone else’s mouth, there are certain signs that would indicate to you that the mouth is healthy. A healthy mouth would have pink gums that fits tightly around all the teeth. Teeth will be shiny, without any dark or broken areas. Teeth won’t be wobbly. If there are dentures, they will fit well, without causing pain or any eating problems. Maintaining proper dental hygiene and a healthy mouth is extremely important for your overall health and well-being. Neglecting your mouth will lead to poor oral hygiene, which would give way to dental cavities and gum diseases, which in turn can lead to cancer and cardiac problems. An unhealthy mouth will have an offending odor & the
gums will be red and inflamed and bleed easily. There will be red and dark patches in the mouth. The teeth will also be loose or broken with holes or dark patches on them. The dentures will fit poorly and there will be difficulty in chewing. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is a lifelong commitment, which should be learned as early as possible. The first important thing also called the ABC’s of oral health, is brushing, flossing and rinsing. Proper brushing should be done twice a day every day for at least two minutes each time with a good fluoride tooth paste and a soft bristles tooth brush. With gentle strokes all the surfaces of the teeth should be thoroughly cleaned. Other than brushing, we should floss at least once a day, using a proper flossing technique.
In order to keep your mouth healthy however, brushing and flossing are not enough! You
1. Give up on drinking excessive soda/coke.
2. Quit cigarettes and avoid tobacco products.
3. Pay a regular visit to your dentist (6 monthly)
4. Lessen your sugar intake, which is the major culprit of cavities and caries. One
must lessen the sugar consumption and increase the intake of fruits and vegetables.
5. Look inside your mouth regularly for irritated gums and sores. Taking pains to look after your teeth will help you avoid expensive dental procedures and long term health problems.