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Oral Health Tips for a Healthier You

Updated on March 30, 2016

Oral Health Linked to Overall Health

"It all starts here. Healthy mouth. Healthy body," is this year's theme for the celebration of World Health Oral Day (WOHD), which is observed every 20th of March. It is hoped that through the said activity, the organization will be able to promote worldwide awareness of the importance of having good oral health and tackle issues involving oral hygiene and healthy mouth and teeth. According to statistics, around 90% of the worlds population will suffer from some types of oral disease in their lifetime. We can make a change if we focus on looking after our oral health so we can prevent and reduce, if not totally eliminate having oral disease.

Your dentis is your teeth's best friend, make sure that you pay a visit to them twice a year.
Your dentis is your teeth's best friend, make sure that you pay a visit to them twice a year.

Steps on How to Maintain Oral Health

  • Visit your dentist regularly for dental check ups and hygiene services like oral prophylaxis. This should be a practice that we need to maintain starting from the day that our first tooth erupts. Be proactive and schedule appointments with your dentist. Having a good and strong relationship with your dentist will not only save you money but will also save your teeth.
  • Pay attention to what you eat and drink. Your food intake plays a major role in maintaining proper dental care. When you snack in between meals, you are increasing your chances of getting tooth decay. Therefore, it is recommended to choose a more healthy and nutritious diet which has low sugar content, because food that is high in sugar turns into acid and dissolves calcium, which protects our teeth.
  • Brush your teeth regularly every after meal and before going to bed. But you have to take note that you have to practice proper brushing technique, not too hard or too soft. Make sure to move your brush in circular motion for around 3 minutes and avoid hitting your gums in the process. Also, it is not enough to just clean your entire mouth using a toothbrush and toothpaste, therefore, you must consider flossing before brushing.
  • Consider proper gum maintenance. Aside from your teeth, your gum is just as important in maintaining oral health. Aside from tooth decay, gum disease is one of the major threats to a person’s overall dental health. You may consider deep cleaning to prevent and reduce the risk of gum diseases. Discuss with your dentist so he can prescribe specific mouthwash or medication for the deep cleaning process.
  • Work on lessening the level of your stress. Are you aware that stress can weaken your teeth? Too much stress may result to neglect of personal hygiene including oral hygiene. You may also grind your teeth unconsciously every time you are stressed and depressed. In addition, an outbreak of canker sores and fever blister in your mouth is triggered by stress so you may want to try to work out on reducing your stress.
  • Disinfect your toothbrush. Brushing your teeth every after meal may be a good practice, however, there are millions of bacteria that could be lurking in your toothbrush which cannot be seen by the naked eye. If your toothbrush is your number one tool to maintaining oral hygiene, might as well make sure that your tool is clean as well to avoid any bacteria getting into your mouth.
  • Eat healthy and nutritious food. You teeth is not an exception from your body, if your body needs nourishment from health diet, so does your teeth! Munch on food that is rich in calcium to strengthen your teeth and keep it nourished.

Avoid food with high sugar content
Avoid food with high sugar content | Source
It is not essential that you wait for the first tooth to erupt before you start practicing good oral hygiene, it should be done as early as possible
It is not essential that you wait for the first tooth to erupt before you start practicing good oral hygiene, it should be done as early as possible | Source

Tips

  • Tooth decay may seem like a minor issue for some people, but remember that oral healthcare is linked to your overall health. It may even affect your personal life, in fact, an estimated 51 million school hours are lost annually due to dental-related illness. Start practicing this healthy habit as early as possible to reduce any future problems as you grow up.
  • The key to maintaining oral health is prevention, it is each individual's duty to properly take care of their teeth and gums. Although not everyone has full access to oral healthcare, we can still do a lot in our own little way by practicing good oral hygiene. Your dentist is your best friend who can help you in terms of restoring functions and aesthetics so you can maintain good oral health.

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You are what you eat, including healthy food in your diet will largely help you maintain a good oral health
You are what you eat, including healthy food in your diet will largely help you maintain a good oral health

Warning: These Bad Habits May Harm Your Teeth

  • Even after following the steps above, bad habits may compromise your dental health, which can be harmful and may put your teeth at risk. Here are some bad habits you need to avoid:
  • Crunching on brittle, hard and cold objects.
  • Using your teeth as a tool. Doing odd jobs like opening bottles, ripping package or tearing a bag of chips .
  • Grinding your teeth. At times, we tend to grind our teeth due to anger, stress, frustrations and anxiety. Meanwhile, you should wear a mouth guard if you unconsciously grind your teeth during sleep

Bad Oral Habits

How Oral Hygiene Affect Your Health

Oral health is linked to your overall health, a healthy mouth allow nourishment to the body, which eventually affects your overall physical and psychological state.

Good Dental Hygiene

Brushing and flossing teeth is not enough. It is important that we go deeper into other areas of oral hygiene so we will be able to achieve it. Improve your oral health for a better and healthier you, the effort and change that you need should start from one's self.

  1. Follow the steps to maintain oral health
  2. Avoid the warnings
  3. Practice the tips

Is brushing your teeth enough?
Is brushing your teeth enough? | Source

Caring for your Teeth and Mouth

Having a beautiful and radiant smile does not only depict happiness, it can also be a basis of your overall health. It is through our mouth that nourishment enters the body, and having brighter smile boost a person's self esteem. The cases of illness and other complications linked to oral health can be alarming, it is high time that we give extra attention to good oral health and hygiene. After all, having good oral health will affect our psychological, mental and physical state, thus, allowing us to speak better, interact better, look and feel better.

A better and brighter smile expresses not only feeling of happiness but also a healthier you.
A better and brighter smile expresses not only feeling of happiness but also a healthier you. | Source

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      Nicole Young 07 20 months ago from Chicago Illinois

      Thank you ChitrangadaSharan, not everyone has access to oral health and hygiene so I hope that this can make a difference

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      Chitrangada Sharan 20 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful and informative hub about Oral health.

      Your tips and suggestions are excellent and we must take care of our Oral health and hygiene in order to maintain overall good health.

      Thanks for sharing!