Friday, September 18th, 2009

Oral health

oral_healthDentistry and the art of drilling perfect holes into live but unhappy patients happened between 7000 BC and 5500BC, Neolithic times, long before anesthesia was discovered. It comes as a surprise that with such a long association with mankind, dentistry still remains neglected. A beautiful smile lights up a face and a perfect set of teeth, helps you achieve that. Yet, dental decay rivals common cold. We lack terribly when it comes to maintaining oral health. Researches say that one in four people suffer from bad breath regularly, while gum diseases affect most of us at some point in our lives. Our visits to dentists happen when the terrible toothache ordains us to do so.

Nature has endowed us with 32 teeth. Our mouth is a busy place. Bacteria—tiny colonies of living organisms are constantly on the move on our teeth, gums, lips and tongue. Our daily brushing fails to scrape them off.
A meticulous dental hygiene keeps our set of pearly whites intact and in good health. Recently Japanese researches gave thumbs up to unflavoured natural yoghurt for reducing bad breath. Brushing teeth twice with good fluoride toothpaste is a good way to begin with. Floss your teeth once a day to get rid of plaque from the hard to reach angles. Rinsing your mouth after meals helps too. Besides our overall health, we can earn applause from our teeth for kicking the butt and chewing of tobacco. However, the good old dentist helps to maintain our teeth. Visiting him once every six months will keep dental decay at bay, or earlier as required.

At any age, a complete oral health home program includes sound nutritional habits. Many of the foods that help your body build strong muscles and bones also help build strong, healthy teeth and gums.
Dairy products provide calcium and vitamin D for strengthening teeth and bones. Breads and cereals supply B vitamins for growth and iron for healthy blood, which in turn contributes to healthy gum tissue. Fruits and vegetables containing vitamin C (among other important vitamins) are essential to maintaining healthy gums.

Lean meat, fish, poultry and beans provide iron and protein for overall good health, and magnesium and zinc for teeth and bones.

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