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Good dental hygiene leads to healthy teeth

09-21-2011 08:50 BJT

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It is said that eyes are the windows to your soul and the mouth is the window to your body's well being.

Observing and maintaining necessary oral hygiene not only keeps oral infections, diseases and cavities at bay, but as per some studies - it also has quite an impact on artery and heart disease.

In order to make sure that you have a healthy set of pearly whites, today we have Dr Gopalakrishnan, Secretary General of the International Clinical Dental Research Organization & Professor of Periodontology at Santosh University in New Delhi, who enlightens us about the 10 must-know facts about oral hygiene.

Tip 1: Brush your teeth twice a day for at least 3-5 minutes. Make sure you do not put too much pressure as this can hurt your gums.

Tip 2: Place the bristles along the gum line at a 45-degree angle. Gently brush the outer tooth surfaces of 2-3 teeth using a vibrating back and forth motion. Clean outer, inner and biting surfaces of teeth with scrubbing motion.

Tip 3: Studies show an essential oil based mouthwash reduces plaque by 70% and gum problems by 36% over brushing alone. Use an anti-microbial mouthwash to get complete protection from germs..

Tip 4: Recommended dosage for mouthwash is 20ml undiluted for 30 seconds morning and night. Make sure you keep the mouthwash at a visible spot in the bathroom so you remember to use it every day

Tip 5: Floss your teeth. Ease the floss gently between your teeth, pull the floss smoothly back and front. Additionally, using a dental floss will help remove food debris that's stuck in your teeth.

Tip 6: Clean and brush the surface of your tongue daily because there is bacteria present particularly on the rougher top surface of the tongue. These can contribute to bad breath (halitosis) and negatively affect your dental health.

Tip 7: Quit smoking and chewing tobacco since this can cause tooth decay, bad breath, tooth discoloration and even oral cancer. If you smoke a cigarette, you may use candies, tea or coffee to mask the smoky breath and odor. This doubles the amount of damage caused.

Tip 8: Avoid sticky, sugary and starchy foods as this can lead to tooth decay, instead consume foods rich in fiber, calcium and vitamin C.

Tip 9: Too much consumption of tea, coffee and red wine should be avoided since this can stain your teeth.

Tip 10: Go for dental check-ups every 6 months since this will help diagnose any problems that might

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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