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Healthy Teeth - How To Maintain It?

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Dentist, Mumbai
 Healthy Teeth - How To Maintain It?

If you thought dental health could take a backseat amongst other demanding health problems, you surely haven’t experienced the unbearable pain of tooth cavities. Problems affecting your teeth could be many. From open nerve endings to weak and brittle teeth, anything could plague you. To take proper care of your teeth, you should visit your dentist frequently.

A few basic ways to maintain healthy teeth - 

  1. Pay attention to the kind of toothbrush you use - The kind of toothbrush you use plays a key role in judging the health of your teeth. Many tend to use toothbrushes with hard bristles for brushing; this causes the enamel of your teeth to wear away. As a result, the dentine (hard dense bony tissue forming the bulk of a tooth, beneath the enamel) shows and a person reveals yellowish teeth every time he or she smiles. To soften the bristles of your toothbrush, you could wash it in lukewarm water before brushing.
     
  2. Certain food items should be strictly avoided - Junk food or packaged food is not just harmful to your overall health, but also for your teeth. Any food rich in starches or sugars can have acidic effects on your teeth enamel. Acids can corrode the enamel of your teeth. Hence, one should remember to consume food items that contain little amounts of sugar and starch. The reason why everybody around prohibited you from having too many chocolates as a child can be realized in the aforesaid (mentioned earlier) point.
     
  3. Brushing and flossing routine - It is absolutely essential to brush your teeth twice daily. Flossing is what makes brushing effective. Many people are not aware of the right way to floss. Flossing should be done in a way so as to get rid of plaque that tends to settle down in between your teeth or right underneath your gums. The floss should be curved in the shape of a C for proper cleaning. Deposition of food particles, when left to rot inside your mouth, can cause grave problems other than bad breath.
     
  4. Give up your addiction - Smoking can kill the well-being of your teeth. It reduces the amount of blood circulated into a person’s mouth thus, making him or her more prone to the risk of oral cancers. Your chances of contracting periodontal diseases also increase when you smoke. So, healthy teeth and smoking can never go hand in hand.
     
  5. Never eat too many snacks - Eating in between meals or overeating generally causes a lot of harm to your dental health. The number of snacks a person intakes, the more is the concentration of sugar on his or her teeth. Care should be taken to eat four complete meals a day and less of snacks which are rich in sugar or carbohydrates.
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