17 December, 2008

Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene

The saying goes: ‘The world looks brighter from behind a smile....’ but if your teeth are in poor condition, you are more likely to become grim, than grin. Just as we should brush our teeth twice a day, our gums also need special care.

Spot the signs: If your gums are red, swollen or painful, or bleed after you brush your teeth, you may have unhealthy gums. The common disease is Gingivitis and Periodontitis. The gums become inflamed and the nearby tissue is affected as well as the bone. The teeth become lose and perhaps fall out if proper and timely attention is not given. Other signs include bad breath, trouble eating and abscesses on the gums.

Oral hygiene: Good oral hygiene can protect gums from risks. Regular visits to the dentist and oral hygienist are vital as they can spot early signs of gum disease and tooth decay. The things that can help you avoid any signs of damage or decay is to brush your teeth morning and night, for about two minutes a time, to remove plaque and food residues. Brushing your teeth for a longer period of time may damage your gums. Use fluoride toothpaste as it helps to strengthen tooth enamel, protecting teeth from decay. Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash. If you have gum disease, your dentist can advise you on a suitable spray or gel. Floss daily to clean all the areas between your teeth and gumline where your tooth brush doesn’t reach. Don’t be too harsh as you might hurt your gums. It should be done in one direction.

Parimita Chakravorty

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