7 Oral Health Facts which you may not have known


We have made our world hysterically a bit complex. Oral health is not an exception to it. In regular life we make hustle and bustle of acts- some making a direct and some making an indirect impact on our dental health. We often stop looking or caring about the oral health facts, say it our knowledge or our ignorance, but we do. Let’s dive into the sea of some oral health facts.

Do you have enough time to maintain a good oral hygiene?

What comes to your mind when you see a good smile over your TV screen? Most often the answer is the white teeth behind the curvature of the smiley lips.

We all can have an exact smile to smile with, all you need is to give the required necessary minutes in cleaning the oral vessel and brushing your teeth. Brush your teeth two to three minutes at a time, twice daily. Make sure you choose a right technique and suitable tooth brush. This should become a healthy habit rather than a bad compulsion.

Do I need to floss my teeth?

Don’t skimp on the floss. Use a long piece, about an arms-length. You can use other tool also such as floss holder, wooden sticks, plastic picks and small interdental brushes. It helps in cleaning between your teeth where bristles of brush don’t reach.

Do I really need to brush my teeth twice a day ?

Brushing teeth twice daily is an usual recommendation by a dentist or a dental professionals . The time preferred is once in the morning after the breakfast and once in the evening before you go to bed.

This is important because the during night time, the formation of plaque is rapid and undisturbed. But if you decide to brush once daily only be it either in the morning or before you go to bed do consider of other dental care activities such as an antiseptic mouth wash.

Oral Health Facts
Oral Health Facts

Is my soft drink consumption has any thing to do with my teeth?

Soft drinks along with other beverages, citric juices are an acidic products. The calcium prism in our enamel is a big target of this acid. Your enamel gets eroded as in little-little chunks in the sea of acid.

High prevalence of dental erosion is found in the regular consumer. It’s a way better to curb this habit or reduce the consumption. Avoid brushing teeth soon after you had your cold drink. There should be at least 30 minutes gap between consumption and brushing.

What are the causes of tooth discoloration?

There are several causes of tooth discoloration

  1. Food/drinks; coffee,tea, colas,wines and certain fruits and vegetables.
  2. Tobacco
  3. Medication; like tetracycline and doxycycline
  4. Advancing age
  5. Dental material
  6. Genetics
  7. Environment

What are treatment options for tooth discoloration?

  1. Using proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques(The best one)
  2. Avoidance of the foods and beverages that causes stains
  3. Vaneers
  4. Bindings
  5. Whitening agent

Why I happen to be grinding my teeth during sleep?

“Bruxism” is the exact term used for the situation. It can be caused due to stress and anxiety, it

 oftens occurs during sleep and is more likely to caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth .It can also be caused by a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea.

Is it necessary to remove my wisdom teeth?

If asked by a dentist to remove your wisdom teeth even if it don’t hurt, the interrogation comes is why ? Basically it’s a preventive strategy- the teeth could be stuck or impacted. May be your mouth is too small to make enough space for them or the teeth could be growing in different direction. They can damage the adjacent tooth.

Does scaling causes weakening of teeth?

It is a myth that scaling weakens your teeth. In fact it strengthens the gum around the tooth making it more stronger than before. It prevents gum diseases which bring about bleeding gums and if not checked leading to more serious and extensive gum problems.

I am a swimmer- Do I need to worry about my teeth?

Chlorine is an antimicrobial agent used in drinking water and swimming pools to kill harmful bacteria, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Pools with too much chlorine contain pH levels that can cause enamel erosion as water occasionally seeps into your mouth during your swim session. And in recent years, more and more evidence shows the connection between improperly chlorinated pools and tooth damage.

I have acid reflux in my mouth- what harm does it cause to my teeth?

Acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease-GERD) can wear away the enamel on the inside surfaces of your teeth, as well as the chewing surfaces. Patients with GERD experience dry mouth, which intensifies dental bacteria and plaque and can lead to an increase in cavities and decay.

How often do I need to visit my dentist?

Mastered brushing and flossing, make sure you are also visiting the dentist. A dentist is trained to examine x-rays properly and to spot the sign of tooth decay, oral cancer, gum disease and more. Biannual visit to dentist is a most to maintain the integrity of teeth and oral hygiene.

Oral Health Facts
Arzoo Gupta
Dental Student BPKIHS, Dharan



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