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26/Apr/2017

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We are committed towards ensuring that you take good care of your teeth and keep those pearly whites healthy. So now that you know what all you need in your oral care kit, the next step is using those components! Brushing your teeth is an important step which helps in your overall oral hygiene. Here is a quiz for you!

When you brush your teeth, you..

a). Watch the mirror and brush b).Walk around and brush c).Read a paper and brush

The place in which you brush is…

a). Well lit b). Different every day!     c). Who knows? I don’t notice!

  1.   When you brush your teeth, you..

a). Start with your upper/lower teeth b).I don’t notice! c) No pattern!

  1. When you start brushing your upper teeth, where do you begin from?

a). Begin from the left corner   b).Duh who cares!     c). No idea!

  1. When you are brushing your upper teeth, do you

a). Divide the entire teeth into three sets and brush

b). Heck it is brushing and I just swipe wherever I feel like

c). I don’t know!

 

Answers:

If you chose option a, give yourself 2 points, else 0!

If you chose option a, give yourself 2 points, else 0!

If you chose option a, give yourself 2 points, else 0!

If you chose option a, give yourself 2 points, else 0!

If you chose option a, give yourself 2 points, else 0!

Any score other than 10 means that you have to learn how to brush well! Brushing your teeth is the most important step towards a healthy you!

Some pointers on brushing your upper teeth

  • Ideally begin your teeth brushing by starting from your upper set of teeth
  • Divide your upper set of teeth into three sets so that it becomes easier to brush
  • Begin form the left end of the back of your upper teeth, and systematically move towards the right end
  • Wet your brush and wet your mouth before you begin brushing
  • Ensure that the side portions of your toothbrush’s bristles completely touch your teeth. This way the space in between the teeth gets cleaned!
  • Also ensure that you hold the toothbrush in the correct position so that the end of the bristles enter and touch the gums
  • The outside of your upper teeth should be brushed in an up-down motion
  • The inside of your upper teeth should be brushed in a swipe motion

Some Don’ts!

  • Don’t randomly begin brushing from wherever you feel like without covering every tooth of the upper mouth
  • Don’t move around while brushing
  • Don’t adopt any arbitrary technique to brush your upper teeth
  • Don’t brush just one portion of your teeth

Happy Brushing!

 


26/Apr/2017

This blog is pivoted around the psychological aspects stemming out of oral hygiene.

Teeth and Looks

Your teeth have a direct bearing to how you look. A healthy set of teeth ensure that your jaw line remains taut and gives a bearing to your face. When a tooth starts going bad, it leads to the loosening of the tooth, causes movement of the adjacent tooth, may lead to loss of a tooth, and hence create space in the mouth. If this is the case of a single tooth, imagine what would happen if more are not all right? Any damage to even a single tooth will start giving visible alterations to your jaw line and hence your face. As all of us know, we are the most confident when we look good. Any loss of good looks immediately impacts a person’s confidence levels (getting that ideal date becomes so much easier!). It becomes paramount to preserve the good health of teeth to preserve good confidence!

Teeth and Smile

No, this is not an advertisement for any tooth paste! Yet, we have to make this point. Your smile would be nicer and more pleasant (of course you have to smile first), when your teeth are in good condition. Stained teeth, yellow teeth, hollow teeth, and the like have a direct impact on the way you smile. A shiny white smile is surely more attractive, and more importantly echoes of a good oral health. Fix the teeth to smile wider!

Teeth and Children

It is very important for children to have good oral health. Bad teeth, crooked teeth, and other teeth deformations impact the mental health of children as they tend to be affected by the peer group. There have been cases of children going silent and even bordering on depression because they are conscious and not happy about their looks: stemming out of bad oral health. So taking care of the teeth of children goes a long way in keeping their confidence up!

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Teeth and Speech

Good oral hygiene helps in clarity of speech. Teeth are very essential for anyone to be able to talk clearly. The loss of even a single tooth would lead to distortion of speech and loss of clarity while talking. This would lead to a person being uncomfortable when they speak and may lead to a minor dip in the confidence levels.

Apart from all these factors which we have mentioned, improper care of teeth also leads to bad breath. As can be seen, good teeth go a long way in maintaining the emotional well being of a person. Looks, smile, and speech are very important for any person to feel good and confident. The psychological effects are catapulted in the case of children.

Given that teeth have such an important emotional and psychological bearing on both children and adults; don’t you think it is essential to take good care of each and every tooth? Does it not sound illogical to say that “I have 32 teeth, so what if I lose one?”

In conclusion, we can confidently say that a good dental health goes a long way in helping a person have a good health overall. It also helps them feel emotionally happy. May you maintain your teeth well and enjoy the benefits!

PS: Have any questions related to oral hygiene? Got any thoughts to share? Do you agree with us? Leave a comment and we will respond!


26/Apr/2017

For part 1 of the same topic, click here.

Now that we have convinced you about the ill effects of stress on your teeth and hence your overall health, the next thing to do is to see how we can overcome this.

The obvious answer is to beat stress out. You may say, but my problems exist. How can I beat stress out? Try following what we recommend. These are easy to follow and will require just minimal efforts from your part. They will go a very long way in ensuring good oral hygiene and in preventing the hordes of health issues which you otherwise assail you!

Sleep: Yes, something as simple as sleep will help your body beat stress. When you sleep, all your body parts relax. They get rejuvenated and hence are in a better position to function with energy after the rest. Sleeping also calms your mind and hence stress is shoved out. Adequate sleep of at least 7 hours a day will promote your well being and keep stress at bay! Mind you, when we say 7 hours, we mean solid sleep of 7 hours.

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Drink lots of water: When you hydrate yourself regularly, you will be flushing out toxins. Stress induced toxins also get flushed out as a result. When toxins are cleared from your body, it feels fresher and hence better equipped to handle stress. Drinking water also cleanses your teeth. Whoever thought a humble glass of water has so many benefits?

Brush your teeth twice: Brush your teeth twice daily. Once as soon as you get up and once before going to bed. It will clear out all the bacteria which have accumulated in your mouth during the course of the day and night. Brushing twice is the first and most important step towards having very healthy teeth!

Avoid spicy, sweet, and junk foods: Your eating habits have a direct consequence on your teeth. Spicy foods, sweet and sticky foods, as well as junk foods are bad for both your teeth and overall health. Avoid them and your teeth will bless you! Seriously! Healthy food habits help in maintaining a good oral hygiene. Practise it! They also help in controlling stress and even vanquishing it!

Exercise and Meditate: Exercise and meditation help you combat stress successfully. They release endorphins which make you feel happier and hence less stressed. Incorporate exercise and meditation in your day and reap the benefits!

Summarizing, stress leads to a lot of oral complications. This as a result, also has an adverse consequence on the entire body. Beat stress and have a happy set of teeth. This will help you lead a healthy life, because clichéd as it may sound, happy teeth lead to a healthy life!

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26/Apr/2017

“ Your teeth shine like stars”, said Ram to Shyam. “Absolutely! They come off at night! And mind you nothing to be proud of. I was letting everyday stress overtake my lifestyle and living. This resulted in my teeth getting affected and an entire gamut of consequent health issues. I had to get dentures to begin sorting my health troubles. Mark my words, take care of your teeth!” were the sage words of wisdom by Shyam to Ram.

This blog of ours is about how a stressful lifestyle and living have an impact on your teeth, which in turn has adverse consequences on your overall health.

A disclaimer, as ever… while the blog may get tad serious, we have every intention of getting you a little scared and make you take care of your teeth better!!!

Without further rambling, let’s dive headlong into the blog.

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Stress: The age old enemy!

Yes, you have heard about stress being the cause for just about every health hazard you face. The funny thing is it is true! Why would doctors keep harping on it otherwise?

Okay, question time. Are you dissatisfied with your work? Does your boss trouble you a lot? Worried about saving up enough to beat inflation? Family troubles besiege you? Is your answer to even one of these questions a a “Yes”? If so, then stress is slowly but steadily building up in your system. And know what? It has a huge negative impact on your teeth. Worries stress your body out and amongst the first things which get affected are your 32 pearls of wisdom!

Do you gnash your teeth often when you are stressed? (This was just an extra question and is not the reason for your teeth getting weaker! Unless you gnash really hard and break them!)

You are kidding! How does Stress affect my teeth?

Well before you think we are kidding, let us talk about the consequences. We all agree with the fact that stress is not good for the health. We will now elucidate how stress is related to oral health, and hence your holistic health.

First and foremost, if you are stressed out your brain conveys this to the entire body. All parts of the body work extra hard to handle the stress and still function optimally. Your teeth being the first step towards your getting energy (umm.. you eat food for energy, digestion starts from your mouth), have to work extra to help you beat the stress and still feel energetic. Now stress has a habit of piling up, the load on your teeth piles up to a point where they start weakening. What happens when your teeth start getting weaker? A whole lot of things!

You may start getting inflammation in your mouth. This leads to the weakening of your jaws, a slight change in your looks, and a dent in your confidence levels. Not just this, there is an established link between inflammation in your mouth and inflammation in blood cells which lead to heart diseases!

Poor oral hygiene leads to a lowering of your body’s immunity levels and weakening of the body. Studies have established deep links between bad oral health and osteoarthritis.

Stress causes diabetes is a known fact. What compounds the problem is that people with Diabetes end up having weak teeth which lead to other health issues!

Lung diseases like pneumonia get worse when a person has poor oral hygiene. The increased presence of bacteria in the mouth increases the attack on the body which worsens a lung condition.

Poor oral hygiene which leads to mouth ulcers causes irritable bowel syndrome and immune disorders. Now this is scary because it shows that stress, which affects your oral health, causes a serious weakening of your body and overall general health!

 


21/Apr/2017

In this article we are going to look at two common problems in children

(1) Baby bottle tooth decay

(2) Thumb sucking

Baby bottle tooth decay:

Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by the frequent and long-term exposure of a child’s teeth to liquids containing sugars. Every time a child consumes a sugary liquid, acid attacks the teeth and gums. After numerous attacks, tooth decay can begin.

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How to prevent baby bottle tooth decay Never allow children to fall asleep with a bottle containing milk, formula, juice or other sweetened liquids.

Be sure to clean and massage the baby’s gums once a day to help establish healthy teeth and to aid in teething.

Healthy baby teeth will usually result in healthy permanent teeth.

Thumb sucking:

 Babies have a natural urge to suck their thumb. This urge usually decreases after the age of 6 months. But many babies continue to suck their thumbs to soothe themselves. Thumb-sucking can become a habit in babies and young children who use it to comfort themselves when they feel hungry, afraid, restless or bored.

Children who suck their thumbs often or with great intensity around age 4 or 5, or those who are still sucking their thumbs at age 6, are at risk for dental or speech problems.

Prevention:

Home treatment includes parents setting rules and providing distractions. It may help to limit the times and places that your child is allowed to suck his or her thumb and to put away blankets or other items your child associates with thumb-sucking. Putting gloves on your child’s hands or wrapping the thumb with an adhesive bandage or a cloth may help remind your child not to suck the thumb.

Offering praise, positive attention, and rewards for not thumb-sucking may also help your child break the habit.

Don’t shame or punish your child for thumb-sucking. This will only lower your child’s self-esteem.

If home treatment doesn’t work and you are concerned or feel frustrated about your child’s thumb-sucking, talk with your child’s doctor.

 


21/Mar/2017

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09/Mar/2017

Most of us are aware that if we don’t brush our teeth regularly we may end up having cavities, gum diseases and bad breadth. These problems may eventually result in loss of teeth. Poor oral health may also lead to other serious diseases that affect the lungs, heart, kidney, and the brain!

Although studies show that people rarely start their day without brushing their teeth, the interesting news is that only 20% of the people brush before going to bed. The reason behind skipping this highly recommended routine could be that they are unaware of the consequences. If you fall into this category, then it is time now to understand why it is important to follow this routine.

If you go to bed without brushing your teeth properly, the germs in your mouth break down the food particles that are left on your teeth, making them acidic. Over a period of time, this damages the outer coating (enamel) of the teeth. Once the enamel is affected, problems such as cavities and gum diseases etc. follow. As mentioned earlier, these problems may lead to serious health concerns. That is why our mouth is a “gateway” to our overall health.

To avoid these problems, all we have to do is brush our teeth regularly, at least twice a day, once in the morning and the other, before hitting the bed. By brushing every night before going to bed, we avoid waking up with a mouthful of bacteria that have feasted on the food particles that remained in our mouth overnight. This solution is not only for those who don’t brush their teeth in the night, but also for those who prefer to have bed coffee/tea i.e., to drink coffee/tea even before brushing their teeth in the morning.

Hopefully you have realised by now that brushing your teeth regularly, twice a day, is very important to maintain your overall health.

 


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