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Dr Arvind Thakur Shares 10 Vital Tips To Maintain Oral Hygiene

Is brushing your teeth twice a day enough to maintain your teeth? Or do you need to do a tad bit more for your shiny white pearls? World Oral Health Day is celebrated every year on 20th March. It is a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness for the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene. The official theme of the 2021 World Oral Health Day (WOHD) campaign is Be Proud of Your Mouth. . TC46 connected with Dr Arvind Thakur, Consultant-Dental Sciences, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi – A Fortis network hospital to learn more on oral hygiene. Here, he also shares 10 tips to maintain the best oral health and how one can brush their teeth the right way.

Did You Know? Oral diseases affect nearly 3.5 billion people and are often linked to other serious health issues. These diseases often lead to pain, discomfort, social isolation, loss of self-confidence, and lost hours at work or school, too. 1. Maintaining oral health is vital for general well-being

The purpose of World Oral Health Day is to raise awareness about oral health, to empower people with the knowledge and importance of good oral hygiene practices. It also highlights the importance of optimal oral health in maintaining general health and well-being.

2. Applying pressure while brushing can be harmful

ESome of the common mistakes one makes while brushing your teeth includes: – The wrong angle of brushing: people hold the brush 90 degrees to the tooth surface, which causes cervical abrasion. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards the gum line – Most people apply too much pressure while brushing, this will hurt their gums and teeth. Gently brush your teeth without hurting your gums – Don’t use an old toothbrush: When your toothbrush bristles become bent, discoloured or begin falling out, it’s a good idea to make a change – Apart from brushing, you should do flossing and tongue scraping

3. Poor oral health leads to mouth diseases and oral cancer

The patient’s failure to maintain good oral hygiene habits, such as regular brushing and flossing of teeth to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and increased intake of foods (sugars and acidic foods), habits (such as smoking) contribute to poor oral hygiene and dental diseases. Poor oral health leads to cavities, tooth decay, periodontal disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and oral cancer.

4. Gingivitis is usually the result of plaque buildup

Gum disease, also called gingivitis, is inflammation of the gums. It is usually the result of plaque building up on your teeth due to poor brushing and flossing habits. Brush your teeth twice daily and floss regularly. Use mouthwash regularly. Drink plenty of water, eat nutritious food, enjoy a good sleep, avoid stress and take vitamin supplements (as per your doctor’s advice).

5. Control malodour with a low-fat diet

Bad breath is caused by certain foods (e.g., garlic) or drinks for a transient period after consumption and that will only last 24-72hrs. The best way to control this type of malodour is to refrain from ingesting offending substances.

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