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A Mouthful Of Smile

A Mouthful Of Smile

Manners Of The Mouth
Lifestyle changes to improve oral health

  • Be a role model to your child by practising good oral health care habits.
  • Check your child's mouth for bleeding gums, swollen gums, gums receding away from teeth and bad breath.
  • Eat a balanced diet, including foods high in calcium and vitamin C.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Brush twice a day, floss once a day.
  • Watch for signs of gingivitis (gum disease)-redness, swelling or tenderness.
  • Visit the dentist twice a year.
  • Limit intake of sugary foods.
  • Eat two hours before you sleep (good for losing weight too). As saliva flow is less during sleep, food clearance is slowed.
  • Fluoride treatment: a) Use a toothpaste with more fluoride b) A fluoride mouthwash can be self-applied on a weekly basis or can be staff-supervised in a dental care centre.
  • Warning signs to visit your dentist
  • Hot or cold sensation in your teeth.
  • Pain on chewing.
  • Food particles getting stuck in the gums or teeth.
  • Brown or black discolouration on teeth.
  • Swelling or salty taste in the mouth.
  • Bleeding from gums in the morning or on eating.
  • Irregular placement of teeth.
  • Loose teeth.
  • Pain on one side of the face.
  • Missing teeth.
  • Medications that can cause a dry mouth

All anti-allergy medicines.

  • Decongestants (cold, cough or asthma medicines).
    Painkillers.
  • Diuretics (Used for high blood-pressure, hypertension and water retention).
  • High blood-pressure medications (some are not diuretics).Anti-depressants.

Reproduced from Outlook Business's Wellness Column by Rachna Chhachhi