Tooth and gum care-A A +A
Sunday, January 27, 2013
“WITH proper care, a person’s teeth and gums can stay healthy throughout his life.
The healthier one’s teeth and gums are, the less risk he has for tooth decay and gum disease.” Interested? Read on from this article by webmd.com.
There are four basic steps to caring for teeth and gums: brushing, flossing, eating right and visiting the dentist.
Brush teeth and gums at least twice a day. If possible, brush after every meal.
Brushing removes plaque, a film of bacteria that clings to teeth.
When bacteria in plaque come into contact with food, they produce acids.
These acids lead to cavities. Replace a toothbrush with a new one every three to four months.
Floss teeth once a day. Flossing gets rid of food and plaque between the teeth, where a toothbrush cannot reach. If plaque stays between teeth, it can harden into tartar, which must be removed by a dentist.
For good dental health, eat a variety of foods but eat fewer foods that contain sugars and starches.
These foods produce the most acids in the mouth and the longer they stay in the mouth, the more they can damage the teeth.
Hard “sucking candies” are especially harmful because they stay in the mouth a long time.
Snacking on sugary foods can lead to tooth decay because most people don’t brush after snacks. Starchy snack foods, like potato chips, stick to the teeth.
Lastly, visit the dentist at least once every six months so problems can be corrected early.
To maintain healthy teeth and gums, it’s important to have regular check-ups and professional cleanings. One should also see his dentist if he has pain in his teeth or mouth or bleeding, swollen gums.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 28, 2013.