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 TIPS TO REDUCE SUGAR FROM THE DIET

Healthy teeth is not an option, it is a way of life. Reducing the amount of sugar in your diet is not only beneficial for your teeth but also your health in general. Sugar helps bacteria stick to the tooth surface producing plaque. The more sugar you consume, the more acids are produced and over time this leads to tooth decay.
Read on to know the 5 most important expert tips to slash sugar from your diet:

TIP#1: OPT FOR SUGAR FREE BREAKFAST

There may be high levels of sugar in some breakfast cereals. Switching to lower level of sugar or no added sugar cereals will have a massive impact on your dental and overall health. Go for unsweetened versions of common foods like non-dairy milk which includes almond and soya, nut butter, oatmeal and fruits.

TIP#2: RECOGNIZE SUGAR CONTENT

There are many hidden sugars in certain food items. Everything which you don’t think is sweet like ketchup, salad dressings, condiments etc. have sugar in it. Make sure you read the food label of the product in which they have properly listed the contents and quantity of sugar. You will need to look for more than just the word ‘Sugar’ as it hides under various tricky names like sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, molasses and corn syrup.

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TIP#3: BE SMART & SNACK WISELY

You have already eaten your breakfast and it is still time for the lunch but you can’t stop craving for something to eat. Do not rush out for unhealthy options like cakes, candies, cookies and other sugary foods which cause tooth decay. Choose to snack smartly with fresh fruits, raw vegetables like carrots, cucumber or handful of nuts which will provide that energy boost you need. Remember to choose sugary food less often and avoid them between meals.

TIP#4: SAY YES TO HEALTHY DRINKS

Sweetened drinks with high sugar content create a perfect storm that put you at a risk of tooth decay, weight gain and other health issues. Avoiding aerated or sugar drinks is a good idea but that is not the only sugar packed drink out there. Make sure you try to moderate the amount of sugary drinks you consume and prefer healthy drinks and smoothies like Kiwi and Banana smoothie, Strawberry smoothie, Celery smoothie etc

TIP#5: HIT THE SACK EARLY

Brushing & Flossing your teeth post dinner serves as a reminder that you are not supposed to eat. The cool fresh feeling in your mouth refrains you from actually grabbing mid night snacks or scouting the refrigerator for desserts and ice cream. Being a night owl results in mid night cravings due to which, brushing and flossing at night becomes clearly pointless. So make sure you fix a time when you are suppose to sleep and stick to it.

So Don’t Forget…

Cutting down on sugar feels like an impossible task but eventually your taste buds will adjust accordingly. If you normally put two packets of sugar in your coffee, for instance, try one for a week, then half, and finally add only milk. For your yogurt, mix half a serving of sweetened yogurt with half a serving of plain, and eventually move on to adding natural sweetness with fresh fruit

And if you still can’t seem to follow our tips, make sure that you Brush & Floss twice a day and follow our 2 minute Oral Care Routine daily using advanced dental Products like Oral Care’s Smart Water Flosser & Oral Care’s Musical Electronic Toothbrush

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Busting 6 Common Dental Myths

Isn’t it that faced with the choice of enduring a bad toothache or going to the dentist, we generally try to ride out the bad toothache.

After all how many times have you heard anyone say “Oh doc, it felt so good when you were drilling my teeth?”  The matter of fact is – visiting the dentist can be a traumatizing experience that can make a lasting bad impression on you.

It is this very anxiety and stress associated with dentists and dental problems that have escalated many dental myths. It’s time to bust the most common dental myths that hinder our oral health and open our eyes to reality.

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Myth#1 – Whiter teeth means healthier teeth

For all those who think your teeth should be “pearly white” here is an eye opener – the strongest teeth are natural, healthy ones and they are not pristine white. In fact they are a couple of shades darker, ranging from light grey to light yellow. This is because the enamel itself is bluish-white and can be a bit translucent towards the tips. It is because of this that yellow of dentine shows through, which makes your teeth appear light yellow – “Not White”.

Myth#2 – Teeth whitening / bleaching erodes teeth enamel

People are obsessed with getting pearly whites so bleaching or teeth-whitening is the fastest and safest way to get white teeth. It oxidizes your teeth using carbamide peroxide so that light refracts more favourably off the enamel. The root of this myth lies in the fact that prior to 1990 the materials used to bleach included acidic contents which after prolonged use eroded the enamel. But with advancement in technology and with new discoveries this is no more the issue. Bleaching materials now are basic PH materials.

Myth#3 – More sugar you eat, more damaged your teeth

Sure, sugar is bad for you, but it is not the only reason for tooth decay. The real cause of tooth decay is a combination of sugar, bacteria and acids.  If you are consuming more sugar but also maintaining a good oral health routine like rinsing your mouth after those sugary treats and brushing & flossing your teeth daily which keeps the plaque and tartar at bay, the chances of tooth decay are minimal. Studies have proven that even if you don’t consume sugar but have a bad oral hygiene habits, you are still equally prone to tooth decay and cavities.

Myth#4 – Electric brushes cleans teeth more effectively

False: An Electric toothbrush does as much a good job as any manual toothbrush will, provided you know how to brush properly. The idea of brushing teeth is to remove plaque and to stimulate the gums. Most toothbrushes will keep your teeth clean if you are using the proper techniques of brushing your teeth. The popularity of electric toothbrushes is due to its convenience and admittedly they are more fun to brush your teeth with.

Myth#5 – Don’t brush and floss while suffering from bleeding gums

One thing you have to remember that brushing doesn’t only clean your teeth but also removes plaque from the gums, increases blood circulation and stimulates them. Not brushing and flossing will only aggravate the problem and increase inflammation caused by plaque deposits and bacteria. If you are suffering from sore and bleeding gums, it is advisable to brush gently with a soft bristles toothbrush and instead of string floss use advanced water flossers like Oral Care’s Portable Water Flossers for gentle and effective cleaning.

Myth#6 – The more you brush, the cleaner and healthier your teeth

The whole point of brushing is to remove plaque and stimulate your gums. And for doing that brushing ‘properly’ two times a day is sufficient. In fact more the number of times you brush or the harder you brush, chances are that you are going to erode the enamel which would eventually lead to tooth loss or a broken tooth.

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Brushing or Flossing – Which should come first?

Brushing and flossing regularly is the basic of any dental care regime. It is strongly recommended by dentists to floss daily for good oral health. But does it really matter which act you do first – brushing or flossing? Well, it depends on who you ask. The whole dental community seems to be divided between the 2 opinions – brushing before flossing & flossing before brushing. Here’s our take on what comes first and why.

Brushing first:

  • Brushing your teeth first removes bulk of plaque leaving only those areas in between teeth where a brush can’t reach but a flosser can.
  • Brushing before flossing also allows residual fluoride from the toothpaste to enter the gap between the teeth ensuring thorough cleansing and protection.

Flossing first:

  • As opposed to the above argument, it is said that flossing first removes the plaque and debris out of the way, “opens” the area between the teeth and gum and allows the toothpaste and fluoride to enter the gaps easily.
  • Flossing first also dislodges most of the plaque, tartar and remnant food from the teeth ensuring thorough & effective clean up while brushing.
  • Some dentists recommend flossing first so as to ensure that you floss regularly alongside brushing and not skip it completely.

As per the Indian Dental Association (IDA), ‘Either way is acceptable as long as you do a thorough job.’ It doesn’t matter if you brush first or floss; there is no right or wrong answer here. Whichever way you prefer is the right way so long as you stick to the regime and remember to floss along with brushing your teeth.

Most of us either skip this act completely or do a bad job out of it. Here is the proof – according to Dr. Hujoel, a periodontist, “Self-flossing clinical trials have failed to show a benefit in the reduction of dental decay.” So perhaps the key to better oral health lies in flossing properly rather than flossing first or later.

Here lies our problem- most of us find manual or string floss quite cumbersome and inconvenient. So what is our option besides visiting dental professionals for a thorough clean up? Water Flossers! Water flossers are clinically proven to be 5 times more effective than traditional string floss to remove plaque and tartar build-up. That is not all; water flossers also improve gum health and reduce gingivitis.

Oral Care Solutions provides you with a range of family oral health products, including the compact & portable Smart Water Flosser & convenient Tabletop Water Flosser for advanced oral health care.