Dentistry is the science of diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, maladies, and conditions of oral health, and is not only limited to the study of teeth but craniofacial complex, including the temporomandibular and other supporting structures.
Dental problems are quite common as people would rather spend their time and money fixing their hair than treating their mouth ailments. Prevention is better than cure, but so is a little information about this part of the body first and tips towards better care.
- FLOSS IS INTEGRAL: While many people are regular with flossing, others ignore it. Floss comes in handy where toothbrush fails. Reaching the smallest of crevices and removing the tiniest of food particles, floss is recommended once on a daily basis, preferably before brushing as it helps to reach the toothbrush better around the teeth and actually enhances the effect of regular brushing.
- ENAMEL WRECKAGE: Although enamel is the strongest human body part, certain daily consumption elements eventually erode it. High soda consumption, coffee, red and white wine, ice munching, pencil chewing, smoking, binge eating, fruit juices (although healthy, loaded with sugar), chewy and gummy candies (and sweet stuff, in general) are harmful to the teeth if consumed excessively.
- CHOOSING DENTAL CARE PRODUCTS: Powered brushes are preferable as they are better able to strip down the plaque and germs in a jerky stroke, whereas toothpaste and mouthwashes should be chosen after considering their sugar content. What is the point of a dental product that is further going to create cavities and erode the teeth when left in the mouth for hours? Furthermore, it is advisable to change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months and even faster if you have a medical condition.
It is also preferable to not let the mouth come into contact with water after you have brushed your teeth. This helps the fluoride stay and do a better job. Lastly, it works best if teeth are brushed after every meal and flossed from time to time.
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