The oral cavity is considered the gateway to the body. Oral health of a person is very important as it is an integral part of the overall health. Oral health does not necessarily mean that a person should have healthy teeth, but the adjoining structures surrounding the teeth like the gums, cheeks and other areas should be healthy.
The condition of the oral health of a person can give a lot of indication regarding the general health of the body. A smiling face reflects the inner beauty and emotions of a person from within.
It is advisable to visit a dentist every six months irrespective of whether you have any problem or not. Brushing twice daily both in the morning and at night after dinner reduces the risk of dental diseases.
Avoid eating sticky foods and beverages. Beverages should be sipped with a straw as the acidic content of the beverages destroy the teeth if taken regularly. Always rinse the mouth thoroughly after every meal. Always change the tooth brush every three months or whenever the bristles go out of shape, whichever is earlier.
Vigorous brushing is harmful as it does not remove the hard deposits on the teeth but the surface of the teeth gets abraded. Avoid using toothpick and other materials. Dental flossing is very essential to clean the internal areas of the teeth.
Nursing bottle caries is seen in children who are fed milk in bottles at night. This should be avoided and the child should rather be given a bottle of water to suckle before he/ she goes to sleep.
Commonly seen dental diseases are dental caries, gingivitis, periodontitis, and oral cancer. Early diagnosis of any dental disease will be helpful in restoring the teeth and its adjoining structures. Professional application of topical fluorides acts as a preventive measure for caries in both adults and children. Safe and preventive measures should be taken for improving the oral health.
Dental treatment with advancement and technology has become painless and more effective and efficient.