Here are some oral and dental health tips by Dr. Himanshu Dadlani, Consultant, Dental Care, Max Hospital, Gurugram, for working people who are always running short of time:
1. Brush regularly but not aggressively. Brushing teeth twice a day is a well known oral hygiene routine but that”s effective only if done using use the correct technique. Brush upper jaw teeth using downstrokes and lower jaw using upstrokes. Take care to brush the front, back, and top of every tooth. Strictly avoid using back-and-forth motions.
Use a soft toothbrush and change your toothbrush every 3 months or when the ends start to look frayed, whichever comes first.
2. Floss at least once a day. The purpose of floss is not to remove the stuck food in-between the teeth but to remove the transparent plaque. It is extremely effective in reducing bad breath by cleaning the areas where a toothbrush is unable to reach.
3. Quit smoking. Smoking puts your mouth at risk for gum disease and oral cancer. Smoking leads to yellowing of the teeth and also causes bad breath. Reach out to your dentist for quitting programs.
4. Check your diet. Avoid sugary and sticky food. Fibrous food has natural cleaning action on your teeth. Feel like having carbonated drinks? Do yourself well and drink plenty of water instead.
5. Never ignore bleeding from gums
Bleeding from gums is the initial sign of gum disease. See a dentist for a simple solution.
6. Ignore the myth that cleaning the teeth is going to weaken them. Regular professional cleaning of your teeth has no side effects at all rather it is simple and painless.
7. See a dentist regularly. No matter what age you are, seeing a dentist every six months is always a good idea. Prevention is the hallmark of modern dentistry.