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GOOD ORAL HEALTH : A KEY TO OVERALL HEALTH

GOOD ORAL HEALTH : A KEY TO OVERALL HEALTH

March 3, 2022

Did you know that your oral health or problems in the mouth may affect your overall health??

Our mouth which is the entry point to the digestive and respiratory tracts has numerous bacteria which are normally harmless. Normally the body's natural defences and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, keep bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Doctors have found that patients with poor oral hygiene and neglected oral health suffer from chronic gum diseases and are almost twice as likely to have heart disease than people without gum disease.

Gum disease appears to be more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes. Also, gum diseases may cause sugar blood levels to rise and further deteriorate the condition.

 

How can I protect my oral health?

Many researchers believe that the disease progresses faster and is potentially more severe in people with poor nutrition. Here are some small steps for better oral health.

1.EAT RIGHT:

Include more of fibre-rich fruits and vegetables in your diet. 

Have cheese, milk, plain yogurt, and other dairy products.

Unsweetened black and green teas provide plaque-fighting ingredients.

Lean proteins like meat, fish, poultry, have phosphorous and protein to help keep teeth healthy.

Almonds are great for your teeth because they are a good source of calcium and protein while being low in sugar.

Chew sugarless chewing gum to stimulate saliva flow. Saliva washes away acid produced by bacteria thereby preventing tooth decay.

2.AVOIDTHE BAD GUYS: Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay.

Avoid sticky candies and sweets, starchy foods like soft bread, potato chips, cookies and pastries. These can get stuck in your mouth and cause tooth decay.

Avoid consuming carbonated soft drinks. These can cause tooth decay and erosion of enamel of teeth.

 

3. CHANGE HABITS

Limit between-meal snacks.  Eat sugary foods with meals.  

Start practicing healthy habits such as limiting snacking and limiting sugar in your diet.

Continuously sipping sugary beverages like juice, soda, or wine feeds the bacteria in your mouth. If you crave a snack, choose something nutritious.

 

4. DRINK MORE WATER:

Water is a great cleanser. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help eliminate dry mouth by keeping your mouth moist to prevent the bacteria that lead to cavities, gum disease, or bad breath.

Fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay.

5.PRACTICE GOOD ORAL HYGIENE DAILY.

·        Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush using fluoride toothpaste.

·        Floss daily.

·        Use mouthwash to remove food particles left after brushing and flossing.

·        Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if bristles are splayed or worn.

·        Schedule regular dental check ups and cleanings.

·        Avoid tobacco use.

Do not neglect oral health. Contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises.

During pandemic times, when most of the dental practices are shut down or providing only emergency services, small changes in lifestyle and a good diet may help prevent progression of tooth decay and gum diseases. Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.

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