Janamashtmi is the start of festivals followed by Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri, Dusshera, Diwali, Christmas & New Year’s which all involve a lot of eating of yummy delicacies, especially Sweets. Often in the festivity fun, we neglect our oral hygiene and dental care resulting in dental cavities.
The common early symptoms of cavities are chalky white or discoloured spots on teeth and sensitivity to cold. As the cavity grows, the decay moves closer to the nerve (pulp) and can produce discomfort, which worsens with exposure to heat, cold, sugary foods or drinks. If the decay is not treated in a timely manner, a portion of the tooth may shatter off, creating a wide visible hole, and the tooth may become sensitive to biting pressure. Bad breath and or a bad taste in the mouth are also symptoms.
Brush Twice Per Day
Good oral hygiene includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, for two min each session, having a professional teeth-cleaning every six months, and having X-rays and a dental exam annually to detect cavity development.
Brushing twice a day is an efficient technique to clean the most of the surface area of the teeth, but it does not clean all of it. Flossing is another common advice for keeping teeth healthy. It is critical to floss between each tooth. Flossing removes food particles from the spaces between teeth. Food waste can feed the germs that produce pits and cavities.
Reducing the amount of sugar, especially in sugary drinks and juices, can help prevent cavities. It just may be good to consider brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth after eating sticky foods. When you consume sugar, bad bacteria in your mouth feed off of it and create acids that destroy tooth enamel. Reduce your consumption of starchy carbohydrates (such as bread and chips) to keep your teeth strong. When starchy carbohydrates are kept in the mouth for too long, they break down into sugar and feed harmful microorganisms.
Consume plenty of dairy products like milk, cheese and yoghurt in your diet. Dairy products are a great source of calcium, which plays an important role in strengthening teeth. It is said, your body stores 99% of its calcium in your bones and teeth! Milk and dairy products reduce tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel. Drink more water, which helps clean debris from teeth, and keeps you hydrated.
Many doctors now suggest dental sealants, which may aid with cavity prevention. Dental sealants are most commonly used on children's teeth when their molars have emerged. Sealants are thin, plastic-like coatings that are applied to the surface of the molars to prevent plaque formation.
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