With the betterment and advancement in life, the appearance of oneself has gained a chief place in the psychology of the common man’s mind. Here we suggest few methods which can help you with the homecare maintenance of teeth.
1.Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day
Brushing your teeth twice a day will help to remove all the bacteria, food particles, And debris which, if not removed, might have caused the decay of the tooth.
Flossing refers to the movement of a thread in between the interdental area i. e the area between the adjacent teeth. It ensures the thorough cleaning between the adjacent teeth. Flossing threads are available in various varieties depending upon the areas where it is to be used like thick, thin, simple, twisted, waxed, and unwaxed threads.
3.Avoidance of Sticky Food
Consistency of food that retains on the tooth surface should be avoided. It provides a favorable environment for the bacteria on the tooth surface to grow and multiply thus causing an acceleration in the pace of tooth decay and leading to cavitation. Most modern food falls under this category. With the advancement in lifestyle, this sticky food has become the chief ingredient of a common man’s food.
4.Use of Soft Toothbrush
Commercially available toothbrushes are available in varying consistency like hard, medium, soft and ultra-soft. The harder the consistency of your brush, the more it will tend to damage the soft tissue around the tooth. The aggressive nature of brushing will also damage the hard layer of teeth i.e ENAMEL(The hardest layer in the human body.
5.Routinal Professional Dental Checkup
One must routinely seek dental care in 3-6 months for preventive measures. Professional cleaning is also recommended two times annually. It will help to remove all the bacteria, debris, and accumulated food particles from the tooth surface which will make it more susceptible to the tooth decay process. More advanced cleaning can be done through Ultrasonic means of scalers.
6.Elimination of Habits
One should immediately cease all the habits that may prove hazardous to the oral flora and structures. It includes-Tobacco Smoking, Cigarettes, gutka, bidi, and pipe smoking. Continuation of all these above-mentioned deleterious habits leads to stiffness of oral mucosa, ulceration, gingival bleeding, and even oral cancer in severe form. Reduced mouth opening is most commonly seen in chronic Arecanut(supari) chewers.
7.Use of Antimicrobial/Antiseptic Mouthwash
The use of Antimicrobial mouthwash will lead to a decrease in the viral as well as a bacterial load of the oral cavity. Professionals commonly recommend the use of Chlorhexidine mouthwash on a regular basis. However chronic use may also lead to the discoloration/brownish staining of tooth structure. Available in 2 concentrations i.e 0.2% and 0.12%.
8.Use of Fluoridated Toothpaste
Professional recommends the use of fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride present in paste helps to build a protective layer on the tooth surface which will help to prevent decay by bacteria. Fluoride can also be ingested in the form of tablets, drinking water, chewing gums, etc. Excessive levels of fluoride beyond the threshold may lead to fluorosis i.e yellowish discoloration of teeth. The hydroxyapatite crystals present on the tooth surface are replaced by fluorapatite crystals.
9.Avoid Habitual Grinding Of Teeth
People who are extra anxious tend to clench their teeth during an aggressive state and also during the night time leading to tearing of teeth. The first approach towards treating such patients is psychologic consultation. Generalized flattening of all tooth surfaces is appreciated in such patients. Esthetic corrections are done in Anterior/Front Teeth zone
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