A Mouthful Of Smile
- 8 Months ago
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).
- 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