Top four tips for good oral health

One of the essential steps to maintain healthy teeth and gums is to take proper care of your oral health on a daily basis. Getting a routine checkup done is a must. Having a good dental hygiene is crucial not just for your overall physical health but it also enhances your self-esteem and encourages you to make good social interactions.

Numerous studies have shown that poor oral health is associated with several health issues like stomach ulcers, kidney diseases, cardiovascular problems, obesity and diabetes.  Apart from all of these major problems, having a poor oral health leads to issues like bleeding in your gums, bad breath, dry mouth, problems in your jaws, and in some severe cases it might even lead to throat cancer.

Are you or anyone you know is having some serious dental problems or are you tired of keeping your mouth shut? Fret not, here are some simple yet effective tips to keep your teeth healthy.

1.    Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day.  Often times most of us ignore this step but it should never be overlooked. Brushing your teeth twice a day once in the morning and before going to bed is very important as it removes the build-up of plaque and bacteria, which leads to tooth decay and other serious problems. While your brushing, slowly move your brush in horizontal strokes or in circular motion on each tooth. Do not put too much pressure while brushing, it can damage your teeth and gums.  

2.    Try to avoid sugar- Foods that are full of sugar and starch must be avoided as they are one of the main causes of tooth decay. The sugar in the food reacts with the bacteria in your saliva and erodes your tooth enamel.

3.    Flossing is a must- Along with brushing twice a day, you must floss every day. In fact it is much more effective than brushing as it reaches to all those small area, which your brush cannot. Flossing makes your teeth look cleaner as it removes any excess food particles.

4.    Use a mouthwash- Along with brushing and flossing, using a mouthwash prescribed by your dentist  as it helps to keep your teeth clean.   

-Akhila Kakarala
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