Healthy Teeth for a Healthy You
Children must possess 20 baby teeth. Adults must have a total of 32 teeth. Older people must have 20 natural teeth at the end of their life. All with zero dental cavities and gum diseases.
Medical practitioners the world over adhere to this. But how many of us are fully aware about the importance of having optimum oral health for a healthy life?
The first step in the digestive process is to properly chew the food eaten. Lasting durability of your teeth ensure that you are able to consume every kind of food that gives nutrition. Poor dental habits can lead to cavities, tooth loss, infection, inflammation, etc., all of which hamper one’s ability to eat food that is necessary for better long-term health.
Problems with chewing food can also cause many digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, and in worst cases intestinal failure.
Gum Disease and Health Complications
Research has proved time and again that periodontal (gum) diseases and chronic health problems like stroke and heart ailments are inter-linked. Women with gum diseases also show higher incidences of pre-term, low birth-weight babies.
Moreover, around 90 per cent of systemic diseases (involving many organs of the body) like diabetes, leukemia, cancer, heart & kidney problems, etc., have oral manifestations like swollen gums, ulcers in the mouth, dryness in the mouth, etc.
World Oral Health Day
Regular visits to the dentist does more than keeping your smile adorable. Your dental health can reveal whether or not you are at risk for chronic disease. Your gums and teeth mirror your body’s condition as a whole. And they can also help prevent certain diseases from occurring.
Celebrated globally on 20th March every year, World Oral Health Day aims toward raising this awareness of the significance of good oral health in safeguarding general well-being.
And while you are at planning your next visit, there are few things that you can start right away.
Calcium Rich Diet – Milk
Freshmen’s Valley, a renowned milk company in Delhi-NCR emphasis on how eating the right kind of food can help you fend off plaque, periodontal disease, etc., especially food like fresh milk.
Apart from other fruits and vegetables that help keep the teeth & gums strong & disease-free, milk’s calcium and other components are a blessing for your oral health. Milk and milk products like buttermilk, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc., provides enough calcium and phosphorus needed to re-mineralize teeth (re-deposition of minerals in tooth’s enamel after being washed off by acids).
People suffering from lactose intolerance can easily gain calcium from buttermilk, yogurt, etc.
Teeth and Gum Care
Apart from eating and drinking healthy, incorporating a good oral care routine is essential to prevent dental decay.
- Brush your teeth twice every day so that it is free from food stuck between teeth. Flossing at least once a day helps too.
- Use a fluoride-free toothpaste to prevent further damage.
- Rinsing mouth after every meal helps in removing acids from the whole mouth.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Waiting for a tooth ache before you make an appointment won‘t do you good. A dentist has the right skills to look after your teeth and bone structure in detail.
- Avoid sugar-rich food items, and in case you consume them, ensure you gargle once if you cannot brush your teeth.
This World Oral Health Day vow to have calcium-rich milk from trustworthy brands like Freshmen’s Valley, work on good oral habits, and regularly visit the dentist.