Why Is Dental Health Important And How Can You Maintain It

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Maintaining Dental Health has become a major issue. Chocolates, Ice-Creams, Junk food has taken a toll on dental health. Most children these days already have half of their teeth decayed. The USA has increased demand for dentists because more than 61% of the children’s population faces tooth decay issues.

When this decay becomes severe, there are chances that the tooth has to be removed. Tooth extraction is regarded as one of the most painful procedures in medical science. Now imagine this pain being faced by a kid!

In India

India too is not far away from this problem. We even have adults facing the problem of tooth decay. Excessive consumption of Colas (Aerated Drinks), Chewing Pan, Gutkha, Supari (Betel Nuts) are extremely bad for teeth. Chewing of pan causes the teeth to turn red. Further, it causes the enamel to disintegrate. Also, chewing of supari exposes the pulp, which leads to immense pain as the pulp has a nerve supply.

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Smoking too causes ill effects on our dental health. Looking at the scenario, the Indian Dental Association (IDA) has arranged for Dental Camps in various cities of the country. It is absolutely free of cost. In these camps, a team of expert dentists will check and analyze the patient’s dental condition and will recommend what is required further.

Role of media

Media has played a major role in awareness for maintaining dental health. We see advertisements about the importance of brushing teeth, using good tooth-paste, having a healthy smile, etc. Social networks even show-case the technique of brushing to remove the plaque from our teeth.

A good toothpaste

Pharmaceutical Companies are now successful in making various kinds of toothpaste which have nature’s touch.

Where were toothpastes earlier? Our ancestors used Neem, Babool & Tulsi to keep their teeth clean and strong. The same ingredients are used today. Apart from these, there are certain toothpastes that have cosmetic properties. These pastes have a money-back guarantee if they do not whiten your teeth in a week!

What you can do

Healthy teeth are important for your child’s overall health. From the time a child is born, there are things you can and must do to promote healthy growth of teeth and prevent cavities. The little one’s teeth should be cleaned with a soft, clean cloth or special baby’s toothbrush. Avoid putting the baby to bed with a bottle and check regularly for spots or stains.

Regular brushing

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Brushing teeth regularly is almost as essential as drinking water. Particles from the food which we eat are likely to lodge in the teeth due to their shape. These particles, if not removed, leads to cavities. Using a good quality toothbrush and paste, one should brush their teeth at least twice a day, early morning before bedtime. You can find pastes catering to your special needs in the market, like those for sensitive teeth, for bad breath, etc.

Rinsing the mouth

One should rinse the mouth after every meal. This makes sure that no food particle is stuck in our teeth, thus decreasing the likelihood of developing any cavities. One may use plain water, or can even use commercially available oral mouthwashes. These mouthwashes have added substances that even clear bad breath.

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Regular dental check-ups are very essential, as any decay or cavity, even if it escapes our notice, can be diagnosed and quick actions can be taken against the same.

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