21 October 2016Last updated

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8 easy tips for oral health

Eating the right foods, stubbing out cigarettes and saying no to sugar are important to keep teeth in good condition

18 Apr 2016 | 04:09 pm
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Gum-care is an integral part of oral care, says gum expert Dr. Munther Alherani. His top 8 tips for a pain-free mouth

Massage them gently: A soothing massage can result in healthier gums. The circular movement created while brushing is not only good for your teeth, but also necessary for your gum health. Before your oral health worsens, seek natural remedies like the bark of the Acacia Arabia tree and Meswak (Salvadora persica tree) that are ingredients in most herbal toothpastes which are used to treat complications such as bleeding gums, mouth ulcers as well as other oral problems.


Check your toothbrush: The toothbrush and tongue-cleaner are as important as the toothpaste you use. Old toothbrushes often accumulate bacteria that will do more harm than good if not changed regularly. Choose a soft bristle toothbrush that enables a soft and gentle circular motion that actually cleans your teeth without hurting your gums. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months to keep oral problems at bay. Always clean your tongue in a rear-front gesture between 5 to15 times with a tongue scrapper to get rid of residue as remnants on tongue can affect gum health. Finish your dental care regime with a mouthwash that kills germs and bacteria responsible for bad breath, gum diseases and helps keep gums healthy and teeth in impeccable condition.


Right foods for a healthy mouth: Your diet plays an important role in keeping your gums fit. It’s not just about choosing the right foods to put in your mouth, it’s also about how long they stay there. Whole foods, lean proteins, crunchy vegetables are not just nutritious for your body, but for your gums too. Include these superfoods in your diet to fight problems.Papaya and pineapple are both rich in Vitamin C and also have anti-inflammatory properties. They are perfect and natural ingredients that you should include in your diet for gum care. Eating some cheese at the end of a meal (Swiss or other aged cheese) actually help in pulling away some of the plaque and food particles leftover. Less or no plaque means stronger and healthier gums to hold your teeth.


Say no to sugar: Avoid excess consumption of sugar as this promotes dental decay. Sugar is hidden in many food products and therefore it is recommended that you read food labels before buying. Processed food indicated with ingredients such as sugar, glucose, sucrose or evaporated cane juice, contain more sugar than any other ingredients. Also, choose sugarless gum to clean your mouth and freshen breath 20 minutes after food.


Coffee and tea to maintain oral health: Yes, that’s right. Black, unsweetened coffee works to help prevent erosion and tooth decay by providing a protective barrier to your teeth. Also, green tea contains antioxidants that help to reduce inflammation in the body, and also help reduce the spread of bacteria.


Stub the cigarette: Giving up smoking will help you avoid any risk of periodontal issues and other dental problems in addition to making your life better. Also, Tea tree oil is one of the best antiseptics. By rubbing a few drops of tea tree oil on your gum, you will fight bacteria and stop any gum disease before it is too late.


When to brush: Never brush immediately after you eat. Waiting for 30 minutes after every meal will allow any enamel that has softened from acid during eating to re-harden and not get brushed away.


Visit a dentist: Last but not the least; make sure your visit your dentist regularly and at least once every 6 months for healthier gums and stronger teeth.

Information courtesy: Himalaya Herbals