Did you know that Oral well-being is a significant indicator of overall health, wellbeing and quality of life?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) oral diseases are the most common diseases that affect the global population. A global study they conducted estimated that about ‘3.58 billion’ people are affected by oral diseases and most of them do not report it to their dentist or dental professional. It is no surprise then, that poor oral hygiene and an insufficient exposure to fluoride, most often has negative implications on oral health.
Prevention is simple
As with everything in life, it’s always best to have a good routine early on in life so we get to avoid bad situations later on. In this case, a good oral hygiene routine can mean the difference between bad breath and falling teeth versus clean breath and strong teeth, not to mention fewer trips to the dentist. Some people may not even know they have a dental condition until it’s too late or until the people around you take a step back every time you start talking. But fear no more, there are ways to recognize dental conditions by their symptoms. Read all about these here: https://bilottidds.com/#how-to-recognize-top-dental-conditions.
So, besides going to the dentist for a clean-up, what are the things we can do to prevent or lessen oral problems? I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times from your dentist or other people but its always good to be reminded.
Let’s take bad breath as an example. Bad breath is a product of foul gases that are let-lose by the bacteria that coat your teeth, gums and tongue.
If you think you have bad breath, do this to find out; lick the inside of your wrist then smell it. If it doesn’t smell good, you can be sure your breath wont either.
There are many different reasons why people tend to have bad breath, in a nut-shell, some of the obvious ones are:
- Food that gets stuck between teeth and on the tongue
- Strong foods like garlic, onions and coffee or tea
- Bacteria on the teeth that causes plaque
- Not brushing your teeth and tongue properly and regularly
- Not flossing or using an interdental brush
- Smoking or Smokers breath
Preventing this is simple. There are a few ways that have been proven to be useful. See this
- Brushing your teeth after a meal: if possible, after each meal.
- Add flossing to your routine, at least once a day: If you are not sure how to floss properly do some research or as your dentist to show you.
- Don’t forget your tongue: it also aids in bad-breath. You can use a tongue scrapper.
- Clean your dental gear: removable dentures or removable braces, aligners, even anti-snoring devices etc
- Drink plenty of water: dry-mouth can cause bad breath so keeping your mouth hydrated helps keep bad breath at bay, and no better way to do this than to drink water.
- Regular dental check-ups are a must: You can even throw in a clean-up at the dentists.
- Eat and drink healthy foods and drinks: no fizzy drinks or sugar, causes cavities which spreads bacteria, which gives bad breath.
- Replace your toothbrush regularly: preferable one with a tongue cleaner and medium to hard bristles (if you can use that strength).
- Using mouth-wash after brushing as opposed to instead of brushing: If you don’t have time to brush after meals like breakfast or lunch, at least rinse your mouth with mouthwash. However, brushing before sleeping at night is a must!
Some natural options
As we encourage people to do all of the above, moving away from artificial methods towards a more natural introduction, is also an option. Enter home-remedies: let’s look at a few things you can do naturally to avoid or get rid of bad breath:
- Chewing on some fresh parsley
- Drink Pineapple juice after every meal
- Drinking plenty of water to avoid dry-mouth
- Eating plain Yoghurt, it contains good bacteria / probiotics
- Chewing on fennel or anise seed
- Zinc salts in mouthwashes or sugar free gum.
- Apples are good to chew into
- Green-Tea is good for disinfecting teeth
- Drinking Milk after or during a meal can mask the smell of Garlic or Onions
Even with all these fixes above, it is always good to keep in mind that home-remedies are only a temporary solution, so it’s always best to stick to the proper cleaning and brushing routine daily and if you can throw in a thorough clean up at the dentists, even better!