Teeth Do’s & Don’t

Cleaning of your teeth

One should adopt right way to brush and floss your teeth every day
  • Gently brush your teeth on all sides with a soft-bristle brush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Use small circular motions and short back-and-forth strokes.
  • Take the time to brush carefully and gently along the gum line.
  • Lightly brush your tongue to help keep your mouth clean.
  • You should brush for at least 2 minutes.

 

Tooth Decay

Teeth are covered in a hard, outer coating called enamel. After eating every day, a thin film of bacteria called dental plaque builds up on your teeth. The bacteria in plaque produce acids that can begin to harm enamel. Over time, the acids can cause a hole in the enamel. This hole is called a cavity. Once a cavity happens, a dentist has to fix it.

  • You can protect your teeth from decay by using fluoride toothpaste.

Gum problem

If you have gum disease, your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and you may have bad breath. This stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque, a sticky substance that contains bacteria on the teeth. which forms when you eat and drink. Some bacteria in plaque are harmless, but some are very harmful for the health of your gums. If you do not remove plaque from your teeth by brushing them, it will build up and irritate your gums, leading to redness, swelling and soreness.


Your tooth will hurt if you 

  • Grind your teeth: Whether you grind your teeth during the day, at night, or both, it wears them down. Often teeth grinding is a nervous habit, reflecting anxiety.
  • Using teeth as tools: For betterment of your beautiful teeth avoid using teeth as tools to tear open a bag of crisps, uncap a bottle of nail varnish, pull out a watch stem, straighten a bent fork tine, or rip a price tag off a piece of clothing.
  • Using a hard-bristled toothbrush: with age, the gums push back and the roots of the teeth become exposed, often increasing sensitivity. The root is covered with cementum, which is worn away more easily than enamel. A brush with too-firm bristles may irritate the gums and lead to sensitive teeth.
   
Articles courtesy : Dr. Ritika Sinha, BDS, Mumbai

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