6 DENTAL CARE TIPS YOUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS MUST KNOW TO PREVENT TEETH FROM AGEING

There is a common myth that as we age, tooth loss in inevitable. But it’s not true because how your teeth age depends on how well you have cared for them.

For ages, “Long in the tooth” was a prevalent practice done by horse traders where they judged a horse’s age by looking at its teeth. Luckily for humans, there are a lot of options for compensating that and avoiding the effect of tooth ageing.

Our mouth is considered as the main door to our body, which directly controls many of the issues vital to life such as breathing, nourishment, digestion, speaking ability, chewing efficiency and sleep quality etc. So it is mandatory to ensure that you can hang on to your teeth as you age.

Let’s have a look at some of the ways our teeth change with age:

1. WEAR & TEAR OF ENAMEL:

Years of chewing, grinding and biting makes our teeth shorter and changes our bite position. Wear and tear of enamel makes teeth vulnerable to damage and decay. Teeth become worn and the muscles used for chewing get weaker, making chewing inefficient.

2. GUM DISEASES:

Gums get thinner and begin to recede as we age. Many older adults may suffer from advanced gum disease which eventually destroys the gums, bone and ligaments supporting teeth leading to tooth loss.

3. DRYNESS OF MOUTH:

As you age, you start to produce less saliva which causes dryness in your mouth. This inhibits bacterial growth which leads to poor saliva production and various gum diseases etc. Medication is also one of the major cause of dryness.

4. DIETARY FACTORS:

While smoking or consuming tobacco, think beyond lung and heart diseases. Cigarettes and tobacco contain certain chemicals and on prolonged use they can cause various gum, dental problems causing Oral cancer. Quit using tobacco, to be at less risk of gum disease, bad breath, stained teeth and oral cancer. Dental infections caused by these chemicals or bacteria can also lead to pus (abscesses) in the brain and unexplained fevers.

5. DISCOLORATION:

Our teeth ultimately turn yellow as we grow older as the enamel wears away from chewing and exposure to acids from food and drinks.

6. SMALLER NERVES:

The nerves in our teeth often get smaller making them less sensitive as we age. Taste buds too get less sensitive due to which older people often complaint of food tasting bland.

 

PREVENTIVE MEASURES
You might be surprised to know how taking simple preventive measures/tips can help you protect your teeth as you age and can help to keep your mouth youthful. Let’s follow these tips:

1. PROPER BRUSHING TECHNIQUE:

Proper brushing technique makes a lot of difference. Brush your teeth and gums at least twice a day for 2 minutes. Brush with a soft bristled toothbrush because it removes plaque from hard to reach places to ensure good oral hygiene. Make sure you add tongue cleaning to every routine.

2. USE ELECTRONIC TOOTHBRUSH:

Electronic toothbrush has been one of the biggest advances in dental care and investing in them pays off in the long run. Improper brushing can lead to plaque build-up, cavities, swollen gums and poor oral health. Electronic brushes have a proper timer and technique to ensure that the brushing is done as per dentist recommended standards.

3. PERIODIC VISITS TO DENTIST:

It’s surprising how many people in India have never visited a dentist. Incorporating healthy habits and periodic visits to dentists at frequent intervals for professional cleaning & regular guidance is the most important activity to prevent tooth ageing.

4. WATCH YOUR DIET:

Eating raw vegetables can help clean your teeth. Moderate consumption of sugar is a must for all age groups. If you do consume acidic foods and beverages like citrus fruits and wine, be sure to rinse immediately with water. Wait thirty minutes before brushing to give your enamel time to toughen up. Quit consumption of tobacco and smoke: it’s a no-brainer!

5. DRINK WATER:

Drinking plenty of water can help decrease the effects of dry mouth reducing the chance of gum diseases.

6. FLOSSING:

Flossing on a regular basis is vitally important for older people to prevent dental problems as they are more susceptible to tooth decay. Flossing twice a day for at least 2 minutes helps to prevent plaque from collecting between teeth. Oral Care’s Smart Water Flosser is a must have in every adult’s bathroom closet as it does the job effectively and seamlessly as per dentist recommendation.

With so many options available these days, oral hygiene is not much of a difficult task. Educate yourself and your circle of older adults on these Dental care tips. If you still can’t fix the problem, your dentist would be more than happy to provide you the guidance.

5 Myths about Tooth Sensitivity, Debunked

Desserts, something we look forward to after every meal. Think ice-creams, pastries, pudding, chocolate and cookies, can you ever say no to them? But sometimes pampering your sweet tooth comes at the cost of a little pain. Halfway through enjoying a spoonful of your favourite ice-cream, you experience a sudden sharp sting shoot through your teeth. Tooth Sensitivity is this twinge of pain one experiences when food which is too cold, hot, sweet or sour touches your teeth. It is a sensation that only lasts for a few seconds, which most of us write off as a normal and temporary ailment and fail to take preventive actions.

There are many misconceptions about tooth sensitivity. For a start, many people don’t know what tooth sensitivity is. And those who do know about it seem to misconstrue certain facts like – sensitivity affects only when you eat cold sweets, it is caused because of cavities alone… So let’s bust 5 myths revolving around tooth sensitivity and get some facts straight

Myth #1: Only cavities cause tooth sensitivity

Fact: Cavities are one of the causes of Tooth Sensitivity but not the only cause. Tooth sensitivity occurs when the tooth enamel erodes or wears off gradually, exposing the softer tissue below called dentine. Dentine is directly connected to the nerve endings and when it is agitated it elicits sharp jolts of pain. Tooth enamel can wear off due to many reasons besides cavities – like brushing too hard, teeth grinding, gingivitis, receding gums etc.

Myth#2: Only cold sweets like ice cream can trigger tooth sensitivity.

Fact: When unprotected dentine comes in contact with any food which is hot, cold, sweet or sour, it can trigger the nerves and cause the sudden piercing sensation in your teeth.

Myth#3: It is ordinary for teeth to hurt when you eat hot, cold or sour food.

Fact: It is not common to suffer from tooth sensitivity. The symptoms usually indicate some underlying ailments like tooth decay, gum diseases, worn out fillings…

Myth#4: You don’t need to seek treatment for tooth sensitivity

Fact: Since the underlying causes of sensitivity can be a number of dental ailments like gum diseases, cracked tooth, decay; you do need to take preventive action soon. If left untreated, these can lead to major diseases like infection, swollen and bleeding gums, gingivitis. The best and fastest way to fix this problem is to get professional advice from your dentist. Depending upon the severity of the problem your dentist will be able to give you an early and appropriate treatment before these small symptoms can become larger complications.

Myth#5: There is no cure for tooth sensitivity

Fact: Tooth sensitivity can be easily treated. It is always recommended to see your dentist if you see the indications of sensitivity. Depending on the cause of the sensitivity your dentist can recommend special desensitizing tooth paste or other treatments. But maintaining good oral hygiene is also equally important. Brush your teeth twice and floss at least once daily. Here are a few things you can you should take care of:
• Use soft bristle toothbrush
• Don’t brush too hard. It will wear out the enamel faster.
• If flossing with string floss leads to bleeding gums, use water flossers instead like Oral Care’s water flossers for gentle and effective cleaning.

If you still think tooth sensitivity isn’t a big problem, which it is temporary and can be neglected, think about a lifetime of depriving yourself of your favourite ice cream or mornings without a refreshing cup of coffee / tea. If a migraine or back ache doesn’t go unnoticed, then why should pain in your teeth be neglected? Particularly when with proper care and early treatment, tooth sensitivity can be preventable.

5 Ways to Get Rid of Bad Breath

‘I love bad breath’, said no one ever! No matter how gorgeous you are, if your breath stinks, the only thing that you are going to attract are fleas. Halitosis or chronic bad breath isn’t uncommon and definitely not a medical emergency but a very common nuisance – 20-30 per cent of the world population suffers from this distressing ailment.

There are many causes of bad breath including poor dental hygiene, irregular eating and sleeping habits, food you consume, illness etc. Whatever be the causes, with the right measures one can treat the underlying disorder and easily keep bad breath in check.

Here are 5 easy solutions to treat foul mouth breath:

  1. Stay hydrated: One of the simplest ways to curb bad breath is drinking a lot of water. Your mouth needs to be hydrated enough to generate saliva and maintain the PH level of your mouth. Saliva has antimicrobial qualities that keep odour-causing bacteria at bay.
  1. Brush Floss Repeat: Bad breath is directly related to bad dental habits.  Brushing at least twice a day and flossing after meals helps remove plaque and food debris stuck in between the teeth and on the gum line. Flossing with a water flosser that facilitates using mouthwash in the flosser itself, like Oral Care’s Water Flosser, is another effective way to keep plaque away. Oral Care’s portable Water Flosser can even be carried around easily during your travel. No plaque = no bacteria. Don’t forget to clean your tongue with a tongue scraper. Tongue cleaning can effectively break down halitosis causing compounds and even remove dead cells.  Rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash after every meal also helps reduce bad breath.
  1. Replace your toothbrush: Replace your tooth brush every 3 months and particularly after a sickness to keep out bacterial infection.
  1. Healthy diet: It’s a no brainer that eating healthy food and maintaining a balanced diet is good for health. A healthy body is less prone to ailments and diseases and keeps bad breath in check automatically. Eating a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables, food with citric acid like lemon, oranges stimulates saliva helps fight halitosis-causing bacteria.
  1. Home remedies: Get a quick fix for bad breath with simple ingredients found in your kitchen. Foods like cloves or fennel seed have antiseptic components that fight bacteria. Chewing on sprigs of basil or mint leaves gives an instant burst of freshness.

Your breath is an indicator of your health. If you are suffering from bad breath even after maintain a good dental routine, you need to visit your doctor. As said above chronic bad breath might be a sign of critical illnesses that need to be detected and treated soon. A healthy mouth is often a good indication of your overall health.

 

All you need to know about what causes Bad Breath

All you need to know about what causes Bad Breath

‘I love bad breath’, said no one ever! No matter how gorgeous you are, if your breath stinks, the only thing that you are going to attract are fleas. Halitosis or chronic bad breath isn’t uncommon and definitely not a medical emergency but a very common nuisance – 20-30 per cent of the world population suffers from this distressing ailment.

What Causes Bad Breath:

It’s a common misconception that bad breath is directly related to food and drinks we consume. It is true that foodstuffs like garlic and onions or drinks like coffee, alcohol, etc. can momentarily cause bad breath. But they are not the sole reasons for bad breath.

  1. Poor Dental Hygiene and Bacteria:

One of the most common reasons of chronic bad breath is poor oral hygiene. The bacteria in your mouth cause cavities, gum diseases, inflammation and discoloration of tongue. If unchecked it reacts with food and produces toxics which give out the sulphuric odour from your mouth.

  1. Poor health and ailments:

Did you know in many cases bad breath is an indicator of critical diseases like cancer? Uncontrolled diabetes, liver diseases, kidney failure, heartburns, ulcers, hyper acidity and infections such as sore throat, are some of the major reasons for bad breath.

  1. Eating disorders and sleeping habits:

Bad breath is also caused due to lack of sleep, irregular eating habits and malnutrition. It causes acidity which breaks down the fat and emits a tangy fruity odour.

Whatever be the causes, with the right measures one can treat the underlying disorder and easily keep bad breath in check.