My Teeth And I
Most folks don’t get just how important the teeth are. We wait till we are half dead with pain before we visit the dentist. I have grown friends in their 30s who have never seen a dentist before in their lives. When asked why, they say “because I have never needed to” or “teeth no de pain me”. Most folks think it all ends with brushing everyday. There is so much that is not known about our mouth. And it never seems important until it is mostly too late unfortunately.
Interestingly, just like the other important organs in the body, averting serious problems with the teeth, gums and the rest of the mouth are as easy as making some minor lifestyle changes and inculcating certain (mostly) easy habits into our everyday lives. There are loads of little things that we can do everyday that will keep our teeth healthy and make our visits to the dentist pleasant. We will be sharing some of these tips with you as regularly as possible.
We will of course first touch on the most basic tenets of Oral hygiene: Teeth brushing and Flossing.
– Brush at least twice a day, reaching each tooth on the front and back as well as the tongue
– The most effective method is the BASS TECHNIQUE:
The brush head is placed with the bristles pointing at a 45 degree angle to the junction of the gums and teeth. The brush is then vibrated from the gums towards the tips of the teeth each arch separately. This method is effective because it cleans the spaces between the gums and teeth as well as the teeth themselves.
– Flossing removes the pieces of food stuck between teeth that touch. Sometimes brushing cannot or does not remove inter dental (between the teeth) particles. Flossing is therefore a very important adjunct to teeth brushing.
– Floss in between the teeth, bringing the string all the way to the gum line. Slide the floss up and down between the teeth as well as around each tooth.
– Flossing should be done ideally after each meal.
Here are some other important items to remember on a daily basis:
– Let your toothbrush air dry after use, since towels may contain bacteria.
– Replace your toothbrush regularly, especially after an illness such as a cold, flu or strep throat. Also, change your toothbrush every 3 months or when the bristles start to splay.
– If you have sensitive or bleeding gums, make sure to use a toothbrush with soft bristles.
– If you have difficulty with flossing, use floss products that come with a holder. These are specially designed for children and people with arthritic hands.
Remember, following a regular daily dental care routine starting at a young age will help get you on the path to keeping your teeth healthy for a lifetime!
You may need to brush your child’s teeth at the beginning, though it is likely that as soon as your child wants to assert his or her independence, he or she will take over.
We would be supplying you dental tips regularly, if you have any particular topic you want us to discuss please kindly contact us and we shall look into it. Have a blessed week ahead.