Archive for the ‘Oral Care’ Category

Dental cavity prevention tips

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Dental cavity prevention tipsCavities are one of the most painful oral menaces. These are the holes on your teeth formed due to oral bacteria infection and might result in complete fall out of the teeth if not treated on time. Thus, you have to be careful about a proper oral hygiene to ensure prevention of dental cavity. The write up below offers some tips that would help in effective dental cavity protection.

Regular brushing

This is the most important steps when it comes to prevention of dental cavity. Make sure to brush minimum twice daily while some dentists even advice to brush thrice- one in the morning, another post lunch and the last one after dinner. The after-dinner brushing is the most significant. Be careful to brush upside down and also above the wider teeth located at the gum ends.

Fluoride rich toothpaste

Fluoride is very essential for a thorough oral cleaning. Hence you must count on fluoride rich toothpaste for your regular brushing needs.

Mouthwash

Mere brushing won’t be enough- you must make sure to use a mouthwash for a good floss after brushing. Go for a fluoride based mouthwash and use it daily, especially after your dinner.

Tooth-healthy foods

You must know that the starch and sugar rich foods are some of the leading reasons behind cavity or tooth decay. Hence you have to be careful about your diet- cut down on your junk, chocolate and other sorts of sweetened intake. This is especially significant for children who are most common victims of tooth decay given their soft corner for the chocolates and candies. Count on fresh fruits & vegetables rather as well cheese, sugar-free gum, unsweetened coffee & tea.

Annual dental visit

Many people ignore a dentist visit and only hit the chamber when there is a severe problem. But it’s of utmost importance that you visit your dentist at least once a year so that you can aware of the possible problems.

Know-how on proper oral hygiene

Friday, December 13th, 2013

proper oral hygieneA pearly white set of teeth is certainly on the wish list of many. Yes, your teeth play a key role in defining your appearance and hold the ability to make or break it for you. Thus, you should always be careful about a proper oral hygiene. The article here sheds some light on how to ensure effective oral care.

Timely and careful brushing

This is the most basic tip when it comes to oral care. You have to brush twice daily- once after the first big meal of the day- say a brunch or lunch- and another before getting to bed at night. Use the brush vertically on your teeth and don’t forget to rub the corner most teeth-tops. You have to keep the brush covered always and make sure to get a new brush after 6-7 months.

Detergent foods

There are some foods that work as natural teeth cleaners while you eat them. These are apple, raw carrot, popcorn and celery. Eat any of these after a heavy meal to ensure a thorough teeth clean-up naturally- in case brushing isn’t possible after the meal.

Use mouthwash

Mouthwash is much needed to ensure a refreshing breath and proper floss. The dentists advise a mouthwash routine at least 4 times a week.

Stay away from harmful foods

You know there are some foods that are seriously harmful for your teeth by their own means. These are coffee, alcohol, colas and sweetened foods. Try to avoid them as much as possible and make sure to brush your teeth properly after a session with these.

Stop or cut down smoking

It’s impossible to achieve the pearly white teeth if you are a chain smoker.

Annual dentist visit

You must get yourself a dentist visit at least once in a year to assure that all your teeth problems are attended on time.

How to remove bad breath: Getting to the root of the problem

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

bad breath,causes of bad breathBad breath is a common condition which almost every person goes through, at least some point in their life, even if it is for a day. But if you’re persistently having bad breath for over a long period of time then you should get to the root of it.

  • Common reason for bad breath

Most commonly, bad breath occurs if our mouth is not clean. The food that we eat starts breaking down in our mouth itself. That means that the digestion process begins at the mouth.  But also the food we eat is digested and then absorbed by our blood stream. The blood is then sent to the lungs and we release air (carbon dioxide) through the mouth.  So the mouth is always the centre of activity when it comes to food.

  • How to remove bad breath

Keeping your mouth clean should this be your priority.  Brush your teeth twice a day; use a good tooth brush and also good toothpaste. Change your tooth brush once in every 3 months.  Also clean your tongue and wash your mouth thoroughly after every meal. Chew on non-sugary mints if required. If you eat garlic and/or onions, wash your mouth more thoroughly.

  • Other causes

But if the problem still persists then there could be other reasons for bad breath

a)      Sinus infection

b)      Tooth decay

c)      Diabetes

d)     Liver problems

e)      Gum diseases

These are some of the reasons which cause bad breath. See your doctor immediately for professional help.

Natural teeth whiteners

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

teeth whitener, teeth careTeeth’s whitening is gaining popularity worldwide as people all around the world are growing consciousness about the way they look. Enhancing your smile’s color is becoming very popular as a beauty treatment. Nowadays lots of products promise instant teeth whitening. Technological advancement has facilitated the mass with products that contain chemicals like peroxides and bleaches which help you enhance the blink in your teeth. But these chemicals are not always good for your health. Sometimes they also lead to side effects that are undesirable. These complaints against such chemicals had led to the introduction of natural teeth whiteners in the market.

The natural teeth whiteners comprise of herbal ingredients. These natural whiteners of the teeth contain naturally occurring chemicals along with the herbal ingredients like silica, calcium carbonate, sodium chloride. Modern research establishes the fact that these ingredients do not result in any kind of damage or ill effect on the end customers mouth or teeth tissues. These ingredients in the natural teeth whiteners work as attackers on the stains and plague resulting in whiter teeth. Even though in comparison with the chemical teeth whiteners, natural teeth whiteners take longer span of time to project effective results, but are far safer than the other alternatives. So if you want white pearly teeth and time is not exactly an issue, and you prefer safety over fast results then natural teeth whiteners is the best option amidst the available options. You can choose from a number of available brands that offer this product at reasonable rates. You can both find them in physical shops and also on virtual online shops. And also usually most of the natural teeth whiteners come with a guarantee.

 

Tips to prevent tooth decay

Friday, December 7th, 2012

prevent tooth decay, tooth protectionLike any other part of human body, tooth is also an important part which performs a very important role for every human being. There are 32 teeth inside the human mouth and they must be looked after properly so that they can help them chewing the food for a longer period of time.

The Following Tips To Prevent Tooth Decay Are Extremely Helpful For Everyone Who Suffers From Tooth Decay:

  • Consumption of too many chocolates must be checked for the people who suffer from tooth decay very frequently.
  • Teeth must be brushed with quality tooth pastes and tooth brushes at least twice every day. It is even better to wash the mouth after every meal.
  • Consumption of fluoridated water can be good for the protection of the tooth as it contains natural ingredients for killing the germs as and when they show tendency to grow.
  • As per the advice of the dentists, over consumption of too many sweets can be fatal for the growth of germs.
  • Use of medicated tooth pastes can be fruitful for the proper care of the teeth.
  •  Consumption of suitable diet can be good for the proper care of the tooth. The patients suffering from tooth decay must take leafy and green vegetables everyday in their diet.
  • In case of serious tooth decay, it is always good to see a dentist as soon as possible. A dentist is a person who understands the needs of tooth and provides correct prescription for stopping them easily and conveniently.

What are the causes of throat infection?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

throat infection, throat infection treatmentThroat infection is very irritating as well as embarrassing. If you are suffering from throat infection, then you must consult your doctor and undergo proper treatment to cure it completely. Before you take up any treatment, it is very necessary that you do proper diagnosis of the problem. Throat yeast infection generally termed as thrush can be due to some other reasons as well.

Symptoms:

The very first symptom of the throat infection includes a white coating over the tongue primarily. As soon as the coating is scrapped off, it shows cracks and bleeding underneath. Reddish flat spots on the lips are also due to throat infection. If suffering from infection, then you may face difficulty in swallowing food.

The causes:

The main symptoms of throat infection are caused due to uncontrolled over growth of the Candida Albicans fungus. This particular microbe is present in our body. They are kept in check by the antigens of the body and that’s why they don’t pose any serious threat to our health. But at certain times when the microbe fails, it leads to the occurrence of thrush. There may be several reasons behind this.

Though the fungus is the main reason behind the infection, there are some underlying reasons as well such as:

  • Antibiotics
  • Poorly controlled diabetes
  • Overuse of steroids
  • Oral sex
  • Improper diet
  • Human Immuno deficiency Virus
  • Drug addiction.

So before you start treatment based on assumption behind the cause of the infection, you should be sure about the exact reason that has caused the throat irritation.

 

How to whiten your teeth naturally

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Oral care, white teeth, natural careIf you want a cost effective solution for your teeth then it is important that you choose the natural way out. It will keep your teeth white and you will get that all important smile which you so dearly wanted.

Tips to keep your teeth white naturally

Keeping your teeth is a good manner which you should maintain and for that there are different methods that you will have to follow. Following are some of the tips which you can follow:

One of the most popular ways of keeping your teeth white naturally is by making a compound of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and salt. Along with the whiteness you will also get strong teeth if you use this compound regularly. This compound also solves the problems of the gums.

Secondly if you have the habit of consuming tobacco and coffee frequently then the teeth will start to become yellowish. If you want white teeth then you must strictly avoid these especially tobacco. To counter this problem you can use a compound that is based on strawberry that will remove the yellowish color from the teeth.

We all use tooth paste that is made of various chemicals but if you try something that is home made then the effect will be much better. Many people have tried mixing the strawberry compound with that of the baking soda, salt and hydrogen peroxide and the results have been amazing. If you want then you can try this with a small amount first and if the outcome is good then you can try with some more.

Importance of cleaning your tongue

Monday, October 8th, 2012

tongue cleaning, health tipsTongue is generally forgotten to take care of but it is one of the most important parts of your body. It is very important that you maintain the hygiene of your tongue for good health. You will slowly miss the sensation of the tongue and will also fail to get taste if you do not look after your tongue and keep it vibrant and in good condition. You use your tongue for talking, eating and chewing. Therefore, you have to take care of the organ so that you can carry on with the functions.

Whenever you find, you are having problems with your tongue like wounds or sores, you should take care of it at once. Otherwise, the food you eat will have no taste and it will lead to a loss of appetite. This is a crucial problem which could be avoided by sampling taking care of your tongue.

Go for toothbrushes that have tongue cleaners at the back of their heads. When you brush in the morning and before you go to bed, you should make it a point to scrub the tongue as well. This will make sure that all the depositions are cleaned away from the tongue. This will also make your tongue look clean and you will have a fresh feeling as well.

Tongue cleaning is also important for keeping a fresh breath. In this way, you will feel confident and will also be able to have a pleasant personality.

Vitamins for oral care

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

oral care tips, vitaminsOral care is something that should be taken from the childhood because once it starts growing it is really hard to stop. There are many problems that can occur due to the deficiency of vitamins in the mouth. Here are some of the problems of the mouth and the perfect vitamins that would help to cure those problems:

·            It often happens that the gum area gets infected and you might see pus coming out from that region. This is known as dental abscess and they might occur from the decaying of some teeth. In most cases this happens when you do not brush properly and the food particles stay in the mouth. The bacteria starts to grow in those areas and results in dental abscess. One of the best cures for this problem is to brush your teeth regularly and that too twice a day. This will not only prevent dental abscess but also keep away bad breath from your mouth.

·            Bleeding gums is another thing that is quite common and many people experience it daily. The main reason for that is the deficiency in vitamin C and a poor condition of the gums. Flossing is one thing that would help to get rid of such a situation. Another way to combat this problem is by consuming food that is rich in vitamin C.

·            Another problem of the mouth is oral cancer and it is increasing day by day. One of the main reasons for that is smoking and the consumption of alcohol. If these are stopped then there are high chances that the person will recover from such problems.

Causes and cure of chronic bad breath

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

chronic bad breath, bad breathBad breath is something which can happen to anyone at any age.  Medically this condition is called halitosis. There could be many reasons why someone could have bad breath.  The main thing to keep in mind is that contrary to popular belief, mostly bad breath occurs due to internal problems and not due to poor hygiene. Poor oral hygiene does cause bad breath but mostly it doesn’t last long if a person brushes twice a day. If you see that the problem persists for more than a week, there could be other reasons.

Main causes

  • Liver problem
  • Gum diseases
  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Excessive drinking
  • Dry mouth disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Acid reflux

To find out the right cause of bad breath you should first check what’s internally wrong with your body. You should understand which kind of disease you have so that you can cure it in order to take care of bad breath.

Cure

  • Have good oral hygiene
  • Do not smoke, don’t drink excessively
  • Remember to floss
  • Visit the doctor if you have bleeding gums
  • Try to stay well protected in winters to steer clear of bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Clean your tongue
  • Drink plenty of water go for an oral health checkup once every 3 months

Once you find out the cause you can cure bad breath. Just make sure that you follow the daily oral healthcare needs and take medication if necessary.

Advantages of baking soda for your teeth

Monday, September 24th, 2012

baking soda for teeth, teeth careBaking soda has a lot of health benefits and one of the most beneficial properties of baking soda is the ability to get your skin whitened. They are called sodium bicarbonate. This substance could be found in mineral springs or it could be produced artificially as well.

The way baking sodas work:

They are slightly alkaline and they could be dissolved in water which enables them to penetrate the enamel of the tooth. It has an action that is slightly abrasive through which the free radicals are emitted at the time baking soda is mixed with water and scrapes off the brown or yellow stains of the teeth. The mixture breaks down the discoloration on interaction with the stain molecules for lightening and brightening up the teeth.

Other advantages of baking soda:

Plaque could be removed by baking soda which helps in preventing decay of tooth and freshening up the breath. They are very cheap and are great alternatives to the expensive commercial products that are available in the market for tooth whitening.

Brushing with baking soda:

Baking soda is also known for its properties which can help remove spots from skin. This same property is used to clean teeth. A beautiful smile is the key to self confidence and getting a good smile naturally is the best option you can choose. It is always a better option than using harmful chemicals and surgeries which might not even work for some people.

Causes and Cures of Bleeding Gums

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Causes of Bleeding Gums, oral issuesOur mouths are prone to a lot of various diseases and problems. Bleeding gums are very common and there are several reasons which can cause them. If you have weak and bleeding gums, then don’t worry as there are some easy ways to detect the root of the problem and solve it in time, before the problem gets too severe.

Main causes of bleeding gums

• Inflammation of gums which is called gingivitis is one of the main causes of bleeding gums.
• A poor dental hygiene is also a leading cause of bleeding gums.
• If you are suffering from diseases like leukemia, diabetes or periodontitis then that could also be a cause of this condition. In periodontitis, mainly ligaments and bones are weakened but teeth are also affected.
• Sometimes when a woman is pregnant she might have weak or bleeding gums.
• A dry mouth can also lead to such conditions.
• Vitamin C deficiency
• If you wear dentures, then make sure that you use the right fit as if you wear something that’s too tight or ill fitted you might have bleeding gums.

How to cure the condition

You should have a good dental health. If you have vitamin C deficiency, then you should take some supplements as suggested by the doctor. Also fruits rich in vitamin C, especially citrus fruits like lemons and oranges should be taken. Other diseases like leukemia. Diabetes, gingivitis, etc. should be treated in their own manner if you want to stop your gums from bleeding. The pain and the swelling will also be reduced automatically.

Cure for cold sensitive teeth

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

care teeth, cold sensitive teethA very common complaint which dentists get to hear is that people with weak teeth and gums complain about cold sensitivity. This means that people may experience a sharp pain in your tooth and gums when they drink cold water or have ice cream or anything cold. This is not an uncommon problem and it can be solved as well. If you have this cold sensitivity problem, you should probably go see a dentist first.

Why does this happen?

One of the basic reasons for this is tooth decay. This weakens the teeth and the gums as well which leads to the sensitivity.

Sometimes physical trauma also causes such a situation.

How is it cured?

It can be cured by itself for by the doctor depending upon the damage.

  • Sometimes doctors can cure it or lessen the pain with the help of ointments and mouth washes.
  • Sometimes you might even need a root canal or a tooth capping to stop the pain.
  • Sometimes, the pain goes away by itself if the gums are affected. The right kind of diet and oral health care can make this possible.

Precautionary measures

You should maintain good oral health. Brush your teeth twice a day and don’t forget to floss. You should use the right kind of tooth brush and remember to change it every 3 months. Visit the dentist twice a year for a regular check up. You shouldn’t even ignore the most minute pain or discomfort in your teeth as you could be ignoring something more serious.

How braces can be an add-on to oral care

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

braces, oral careWhen we were young, most of us had braces due to the improper assignment of our teeth. Either our teeth were too crowded together or they had gaps and hence we had to go for braces. Though kids are scared of braces and fear that they will be ridiculed by everyone, other than taking care of the problem at hand and fixing it in a certain period of time, braces also have other advantages. They make sure that you take extra care of your teeth and hence are an add-on to oral care.

Here are few of the reasons why braces are known to be an add-on to oral care:

  • While you have your braces on, it is often advised by the doctor to floss your teeth after every meal. Since you have to follow the doctor’s advice, you end up making sure that your teeth are properly cleaned after this meal. This works wonders for your teeth.
  • Since the teeth is cleaned when they should be, the entire mouth stays healthy and you are sure to get relief if you are or have been suffering from any oral health problems.
  • Along with your teeth, even the gums are taken care of and they stay clean. This makes sure that your gums stay healthy.
  • Braces need to be cleaned once in a while and while you have your braces on, some forms of food are restricted by the doctor. These foods are anyway harmful for your teeth and it is better to stay away from them.

Oral Care Tips For Infants

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Oral Care, Oral Care for kidsInfants require all your care and love when they are growing up. While parents make sure that their child gets all the attention he/she deserves, they seem to ignore one important aspect that needs to be taken care of, and that is oral hygiene. Most parents think that oral hygiene is not important till their infants develop milk teeth. This concept is very wrong as infants can be subjected to gum problems even before they develop teeth as their diet consists of milk and juices, all of which can harm the gums if not cleaned properly.

The best way to ensure that your infant gets proper oral care is by wiping his/her gums regularly with a soft cloth and water. This ensures that any residual food in the mouth is wiped clean before the child falls asleep. Oral care is all the more important in kids whose parents have had teeth cavities as the bacteria responsible for it can easily pass from the mother to the child in the first two years.  There are certain measures that can be followed that will prevent your infants from having infected gums, for instance, avoid giving fruit juices to your infant for the first six months.

Clean the gums of the baby before he/she falls asleep and avoid feeding the kid at night multiple times. The worst thing is allowing your kid to fall asleep with milk or any other form of food in their mouth. This leads to bacterial growth in the mouth.