They say it takes only 7 of your face muscles to smile and yet it is believed the most powerful tool we have. Not only does it make someone else’s day but it is indeed scientifically proven that smiling and laughing more often reduces our stress and makes us live longer.
But to be able to always beam with that happy glow, you must not be ashamed to flaunt your teeth. World Health Organization, WHO defines oral health as
“the state of being free from chronic mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychosocial abilities.”
At first, you might not see a direct correlation between the two. But there’s a lot of explanation for that and a lot of reasoning as to why you should maintain your oral health. Of all medical practitioners, we often forget visiting our dentists the most because we don’t give our teeth and our mouth enough importance as other vital organs.
Moving the discussion forward, now let’s discuss what are the signs that indicate your oral health is deteriorating and how to tackle each of these problems:
1. Dental caries
Commonly referred to as tooth decay, it is the situation when a plaque forms on the sugar left on the tooth and then it is dissolved by acids as an enamel layer forms all around. A simple dental procedure can help correct this issue, it requires putting the patient under IV sedation or anesthesia and also using an oral airway as a measure to help the unconsciousness patient breathe because their jaw and mouth muscles relax in such a situation and might hamper breathing.
2. Tooth loss
As the name is self-explanatory this refers to the condition of teeth falling off from the gum and is quite common in old age.
3. Yellow coloring of teeth
This might result from a number of reasons but majorly it happens due to irregular brushing and/or flossing and using old toothbrushes or ineffective pastes. Hence one solution would be rectifying all aforementioned common mistakes.
4. Bad Odor
This might also result from the aforementioned reasons and due to the consumption of certain food items. The best way to get rid of this is by using mouthwash. Although these days they are available in different flavors; a fresh mint mouthwash is highly recommended.
5. Gum disease
This disease affects the tissue around the teeth as well as the one supporting it. It can cause bleeding, swollen gums, pain, bad breath etc.
As serious as these issued may seem, don’t let yourself down by reading all of this as there is a cure to all these problems. There are a lot of ways you can gain that ultimate confidence and smile your way through your day and shine amongst everyone else. Here is a list of some tips to ensure that.
- Brush your teeth twice daily, especially before going to bed, as a lot of germs are accumulated throughout the day and do it properly.
- Do not forget about your tongue and use a cleaner for that as well.
- Try using a fluoride-based toothpaste. Apart from that, use a reliable toothpaste that fits your need.
- Drink a lot of water, this is a general tip that can help you with a lot of skin and mouth related problems.
- Inculcate the habit of flossing and take it as seriously as brushing.
- Visit your dentist every 6 months, more often if you face some prolonged issues.
- Eat the correct kind of healthy food, including a lot of green vegetables and juices.
- Surgeries and artificial fixes through medical procedures is always an option, do consult your doctor and have an open dialog about it.
There are a lot of different steps you can take towards maintaining your oral health but these are the small steps, to begin with. It’s guaranteed that if you follow them regularly you will see improvements. You can even consult your dentist or read up more about it.
After all, a beautiful smile makes a beautiful you. Keep smiling.