Are you taking proper dental care?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Mar 30, 2011

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'In a recent survey, we were surprised to find that most Indians don't give much importance or time to brushing their teeth. Yet, it is a vital step for dental health. A technically sound toothbrush and fluoride-based toothpaste are essential tools. And, since India is the diabetes capital of the world, you need to be extra careful, because there is a well-documented link between diabetes and gum diseases. All dental diseases are preventable, if diagnosed in the early stages. So be regular with your visits to the dentist,' says Dr Paul R Warren, vice president, Global Professional & Scientific Relations, P&G Professional Oral Health.

5 major dental ailments such as tooth decay, gum disease,  bad breath, tar and staining of teeth and sensitivity to heat and cold begin to surface especially as you grow older.

Tips to take care of your teeth:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Don't use a hard bristle toothbrush or poorly constructed one.
  • Buy quality brand toothbrushes only.
  • Make sure that your toothpaste has fluoride in it. It is very important for your teeth.
  • Visit a dentist at least twice a year. Keep a check on your sugar intake. It is the primary reason for tooth decay.
  • Avoid cigarettes and chewing tobacco.
  • Avoid using toothpicks or sharp metal pins to clean in between your teeth. They injure your gums and may lead to tetanus.
  • Floss!* Although brushing your teeth helps, the bristles don't completely dislodge the plaque formed in between the teeth. Flossing does this effectively, and prevents gum diseases.Chewing gum is good for your oral health, as long as it is the sugar-free variety.



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