Every 20th of March, the world celebrates Oral health. This year’s theme is “Live Mouth Smart”. Your oral health is a gateway to your overall health.
Maintaining a good oral health contributes positively to your physical, mental, spiritual, social well being and to enjoy life’s possibilities by allowing to you speak, eat and socialize void of pain and embarrassment.
How to Live Mouth Smart:
1. BRUSH DAILY
Use a flouride-containing toothpaste and a soft-medium bristled toothbrush (manual, electric or battery operated toothbrush). Brush at least twice daily (before or after breakfast and after your last meal at night). Replace toothbrush every 3 months or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
2. RINSE YOUR MOUTH
Rinsing your mouth with antibacterial rinse/water can prevent tooth decay and gum problems. Chewing sugar free gums protects your teeth by increasing saliva flow to wash off bacteria and neutralize acid.
You can’t reach the tight spaces between your teeth with a toothbrush. Flossing helps to remove food debris between teeth. Use a dental floss; taking a tooth at a time, guide the floss between your teeth in a rubbing motion until it reaches the gumline then gently rub the side of the tooth in an up-down motion.
4. EAT SMART
Oral health and nutrition have a synergistic relationship. Essential nutrients influence good oral health. Deficiency of essential nutrients influence the vulnerability of oral tissues to hostile pathogens.
Adequate diet of whole foods including grains,fruits, vegetables and diary products provides essential nutrients to keep an healthy mouth.
5. WATCH THAT SUGAR
Sugar is consumed daily in different forms; from carbohydrate diets, fizzy drinks, biscuits, chocolates,
6. DATE A DENTIST
At this date, you interact, you ask questions, you are briefed about important information, the dentist runs a thorough check and so on. A routine dental date every six months is ideal to optimise good oral health.
Also when you notice red or swollen gums, bleeding gums when you brush or floss, unusual sensitivity to hot/cold substances, persistent bad breath or taste or any symptom of concern; don’t hesitate to fix a date with a dentist.
Make conscious and deliberate efforts to follow these simple tips to keep your mouth healthy for a lifetime.
A Smart Mouth is your responsibility.
Be Oral smart, Laugh for life.
Written by: Jesutofunmi Soda
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