Oral Health Tips

Some Tips to maintain a healthy mouth….

  • Brushing your teeth immediately after drinking a citrus containing juice, fruit or wine may lead to erosion of your teeth.
  • Frequent consumption of acidic foods or drinks can lead to dental erosion.
  • Recurrent ulcers in the mouth could be a sign of an underlying disorder e.g. anaemia. Treatment of this cause will rid you of these bothersome ulcers!
  • Constant friction between a rough edge of a denture, filling or sharp tooth, could lead to oral cancer. Get this sharp edge trimmed immediately!
  • Nocturnal grinding of teeth could lead to TMJ problems, headaches and migraines. A simple device worn at night could prevent further deterioration.
  • It is the frequency of intake of sweets, sugary drinks and sticky foods, which causes tooth decay. Dietary restrictions, brushing and flossing will prevent decay.
  • Do you have an ulcer in your mouth, which has not healed for 2 weeks? Early detection of oral cancer is the only criterion that improves the prognosis considerably.
  • A slow growing swelling on one side of the face could be indicative of a developing tumour.
  • A cold sore on the lip is highly contagious. Maintain good hygiene measures to prevent spread of infection to your near and dear ones.
  • The first permanent molars erupt around your child’s 6th birthday. Do not delay placement of fissure sealants, as prevention of tooth decay is always better than cure!
  • If your child insists on sleeping with the bottle in his or her mouth, remember: the only acceptable drink in that bottle is water.
  • Food getting stuck in between teeth and black spots are some signs of tooth decay. Early intervention is recommended.
  • Change your toothbrush atleast once in 3 months.
  • Say a complete NO to smoking. Apart from other serious health risks, smoking also causes gum disease.
  • Other forms of smokeless tobacco can also lead to oral cancer, which is a highly mutilating and disabling disease.
  • Never use a toothpick! It causes injury to the gum and can lead to gum disease!
  • A 6 monthly dental check up is recommended to keep dental and oral disease at bay.
  • Always chew your food from both sides of the mouth to prevent dental decay and tartar accumulation on one side.
  • Chewing sugar free gum for atleast 5 minutes after every meal can help reduce the incidence of tooth decay.
  • Dental care is not limited to that of teeth. It extends to the care of gums and the complete mouth.
  • Brush your infant’s gums daily to exercise them. Wean your infant off the bottle around his or her first birthday.
  • An apple a day can keep cavities away! Tooth and gum friendly foods include cheese, carrots, oranges, nuts and pears.
  • It is very important to maintain your child’s first set of teeth right until they naturally exfoliate, giving way to the permanent dentition.
  • Excessive intake of fluoride can cause pits, pores and discolouration, which appear unsightly if affecting the front teeth.
  • Diabetics are more prone to gum disease and abscesses. A diabetic should visit the dentist once in six months, for a regular clean up and dental examination.
  • Have professional “cleanings” around dental implants with the same frequency as tooth cleanings.
  • Fight bad breath by cleaning your tongue with a tongue cleaner every day after you brush and floss your teeth!
  • Save all the parts of a broken denture to show your dentist. It is better to account for all fragments, to ensure that you have not swallowed or inhaled any piece!
  • A dry mouth could also be due to regular intake of certain drugs (medication), a mouth breathing habit, dehydration, or during and after radiation therapy in a head and neck cancer patient, or a sign of a more sinister underlying disease.