How would life have been without a smile? Just imagine for a second how it would have been if people couldn’t smile. Relationships would be complicated as it would have been hard to define the personality and attitude of a person. A smile is very important and the only way you can be guaranteed of a confident and beautiful smile is by taking good care of your teeth. Dental health and dental care is one of the most researched topics today, with the focus mainly on creating awareness on good dental care and hygiene.
Your teeth were not put there to only grind and cutter or to flash the occasional smile when situations warrant; your teeth play an integral part in your body just like all other parts of the human body, reason why they too need good care. Basically, dental health entails good oral hygiene and very simple routine practices that do not involve medical intervention and which keeps the dentist away. The saying ‘prevention is better than cure’ has never been any truer in dental health since taking good care of your dental health will go a very long way in keeping bad breath, tooth-decays, canker sores, plaque, and gum-diseases a safe distance from you, thus guaranteeing you a beautiful and infectious smile every day of your life.
Dental care starts by knowing how to brush and floss your teeth, how to use the right kind of toothpaste and how to choose what you eat and drink to avoid compromising on your dental health. Note that your diet plays an integral role in strengthening, or weakening thereof, your teeth, fighting halitosis (bad breath) and generally ensuring your oral hygiene is perfect. Some of the common dental health problems include:-
This is a colorless deposit over your teeth which contribute to the growth and multiplication of micro-organisms (read bacteria). It is the bacteria that are responsible for wearing out the tooth enamel, thus resulting in bad breath, cavities, oral infections and other gum ailments. Proper dental health to fight plaque include going for professional cleaning, flossing and brushing your teeth on a regular basis.
Tooth decay/ cavities
This is a dental condition in which the enamel wears out over time subsequently exposing the tooth nerves thus causing tooth-ache and tooth sensitivity. During the onset, you can counter tooth decay by brushing your teeth regularly using fluoride based toothpastes. However in severe cases of tooth decay, you may need medical intervention to counter this unsightly condition,
This is a condition characterized by swelling of the gum and which results from bacteria living and hiding in the plaque. Gingivitis is a very serious dental health condition that can lead to untimely falling of teeth, not to mention the fact that the condition can be unbearably painful.
This is an infection on the gums caused by bacteria which is equally serious because if let untended to, can damage the gum tissues seriously and also cause damage to the tooth-bones. This condition is treated through the use of antibiotic prescription medications.
The other common dental health problem is tooth abscess where pus forms over a decayed tooth which is as a result of gum, infection. Tooth abscess can equally be very painful and if left untreated the problem can spread to other parts of your body.
With that being said, good dental care practices and healthy lifestyle practices are the key to a healthy dental formula. It starts right from brushing your teeth regularly to using oral fluoride mouthwash to gargle off and rinse your mouth each night before you retire to sleep. By the same token, it is the responsibility of a parent to not only maintain but also teach dental health to your growing kids. Remember that kids cannot be able to brush or floss their mouths. Before the dental formula of your child starts to form, you can start by cleaning their gum using a clean piece of cloth to wipe off food remnants.
Once kids reach their first birthday, they most probably would be having their primary teeth. Use pea-sized toothpaste to brush the primary teeth. Flossing too is not a bad idea although there probably would be not enough teeth to make it as effective as it should. You should start to care for your kid’s teeth on a daily basis until they are old enough to it on their own, at least by their 3rd or 4th birthdays. It is during that time also that you should explain to your kid why they need to take care of their teeth, and subsequently go ahead to teach them how to do it. The best way to get started is to schedule brush times together, so you can teach them how to go about it. It should be noted also that it is at this time of teaching a kid to maintain their dental health that you should also introduce healthy eating habits so they could take good dental care.