20th march is celebrated as World Oral day. Obviously, like any other day, this day is celebrated to highlight the importance of Oral health.
I needed a blog in my How-to series and luckily this day was around, so I thought let’s do a quick blog on this.
This blog will highlight a few important things you need to know to keep your oral health in a good condition.
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Just like any other part/organ of your body, your oral health depends on what you are eating. Healthy food choices prevent from tooth decay & gum diseases. Your diet should contain all the essential nutrients to support your oral health.
Vitamins like A, D & C are important for saliva production, prevention from cavities, inflammation, bleeding, and overall gum health. Along with vitamins, Calcium and phosphorous are needed as well for good oral health. Calcium keeps the teeth strong and adds extra life to them. While, phosphorous, helps in calcium absorption and helps in rebuilding tooth enamel.
Malnutrition is a major reason for dental problems, so it’s good to eat a healthy diet.
Enamel is basically the outer covering of the teeth. It acts like a barrier for teeth. Interestingly it is the hardest substance in the human body.
Don’t worry, I will give all the necessary links of the blogs that cover the popular sources of these vitamins and minerals.
2: Dental care
Generally, people ignore their oral hygiene, and it results in tooth decay and gum disease. I’m sure you have heard about brushing 2 times a day. And, that’s actually very helpful for your oral health.
Brushing twice actually reduces changes of plaque, tarter, periodontitis, inflection, and more. Usually, after eating we give an open invitation to bacteria and that could lead to serious gum issues. It is a good practice to brush twice and gargle after every meal. Cleaning the tongue is essential, as many residues remain on the tongue and that could lead to bacteria formation.
You will see 100 types of toothpaste in the market. Choose the one that suits you. Ayurvedic toothpaste is easily available, and its natural ingredients are good for oral health. You can also make your own homemade toothpaste easily.
Also, make sure you are using a soft toothbrush. Brushing too hard can damage the enamel and can also cause gum bleeding.
3: Regular massage
In earlier times, people used to massage their teeth for good oral health. Nowadays, people generally skip this great practice. Gum massage improves blood circulation in the gum, makes teeth strong, and also helps during toothache.
Coconut oil or mustard oil+ salt is majorly used for massaging. You don’t need vigorous massaging, normal 2 mins massage will do wonders. It’s also a natural way to make teeth white. Just make sure, you don’t add too much salt, otherwise, It could lead to bleeding.
Avoid buying specific devices for gum massage, your thumb and finger is good enoughFGW
4: Overall oral health
Your overall oral health depends on how you treat your mouth. Oral disease or bad oral health can lead to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and more. This is also associated with what you eat and how it affects your teeth.
Bad breath is also related to poor oral health. Certain food can give a bad breath, or dry mouth can also be a reason for bad breath. Dentists suggest brushing properly and cleaning the tongue. But, if you still think bad breath is not leaving you then use natural things like Clove, cardamom, fennel seeds, or just plain water. Avoid Mouthwash or spray as those are not long-lasting and can make the matter worse.
Speaking of clove, it’s also good for toothache. Clove oil helps with toothache. Chewing on guava leaves can also help. Cinnamon powder with honey is helpful as well, apply it on the part where it’s aching.
Here’s an FGW exclusive :
20th march is also International day of happiness, so if you take proper care of your oral health, you can smile properly.FGW
You should never ignore 2 things in your life.
First, your health, because it matters the most. Second, a blog from FGW. You never know when you can find something useful in them.
You will see me soon here with another blog and elsewhere with a special blog. Until then, remember to smile 😀