Dental Health: Everything You Need To Know To Have Healthy Teeth And Gums, Avoid Tooth Decay And Bad Breath!
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Achieving that shiny teeth with zero-odour might be easier than you think!!
I’ve lived with this problems for a long time. It’s bad enough that I’ve had four teeth removed. These days I tell my friends I don’t eat meat. Although I make exceptions for chicken, because they’re usually soft.
The most painful toothache experience was in 2004. One of my molars had gone haywire. I took several painkillers, and some other oral therapeutic measures, but these didn’t do me any favours. I resolved to removing my teeth.
Over time, I decided to avoid hard foods and fruits. I also stayed away from hot stuff, in the bud to curtail this. I tried out several toothpastes and mouthwash products. All this was until I met Oral B Pro Health toothpaste. The small tube sells at N350, while the big tube goes for N750, in Nigeria.
However, during the rainy season, I still feel tingles in my teeth due to constant use of cold water. Not like water from the refrigerator, but water colder than usual because of the weather conditions.
I complained to a Doctor friend, and she told me what has helped me since. What did she say…??
Don’t rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth!
Trust me, it seemed weird when she said it. But, given she sold to me the idea of eating breakfast before brushing my mouth too, I thought it’d be worth a try!
It’s been several months since she told me this, and I’ve never felt more confident approaching the foods I used to avoid. Not like I’m risking my teeth and putting them out there, but I’ve not felt the tingles and periodic aches I usually feel.
Basic dental health requires that you brush your mouth twice daily. It is also advised that you use fluoride toothpaste. This helps prevent plaque (a film of bacteria coating that covers your teeth) from forming on your teeth. Plaques can easily lead to gum and teeth decay.
Plaques on teeth may be unpleasant to look at!
Fluoride concentration is toothpastes is important, and you have to lookout for the right ones.
Be sure to check the packaging to know if you’re on the right track!
Adults should use a toothpaste that contains at least 1,350 parts per million (ppm) fluoride. Mine contains 1,450ppm.
Children don’t need to use special children’s toothpaste. Children of all ages can use family toothpaste, as long as it contains 1,350 to 1,500ppm fluoride.
Children aged 6 and under who don’t have tooth decay can use a lower strength children’s toothpaste, but make sure it contains at least 1,000ppm fluoride.
Children under the age of 3 should use just a smear of toothpaste. Children aged 3 to 6 years should use a “drop” of toothpaste. Make sure children don’t lick or eat toothpaste from the tube.
Your dentist may advise you or your child to use a toothpaste with a higher concentration of fluoride, if you need it.
Brush the surface of the teeth, and the chewing surfaces too!
Don’t rinse your mouth after brushing!
Like I said earlier, you might think it seems strange. Maybe, yes. But it’s the right approach to achieving the ultimate goal. Your gums have absorbent surfaces, which readily absorb the fluoride in your toothpaste.
Rinsing off immediately after brushing, will have the water dilute the concentration of fluoride, thus leaving your guns with nothing to absorb. This reduces the effectiveness on your teeth and leaving you reeling in doubt and uncertainty.
After brushing, don’t drink water for about 30mins, at least. Spit out the excess toothpaste foam and clean your mouth.
Personally, I’ve noticed that if I brush before I shower, water can still enter my mouth when I bathe, so I have learned to switch the procedures. Easy-peasy!
Mouthwash or No?
Of course mouth wash contains fluoride, and they’re good but not after brushing your teeth. They shouldn’t be used in close proximity.
At least, 30mins after brushing your teeth would be ideal, as their fluoride content is watered down and that would be the same as rinsing after brushing your teeth. See??
Ezeani Uchechukwu, AKA Saddam Ninhor, currently undergoing B. TECH programme in Microbiology at Federal University of Technology, Owerri. Despite his science roots, he loves to dabble with words in short stories, poems and also shares knowledge of household and relationship efficiency.
He sets simple goals, working at his own pace to achieve them. This is greatly inspired by the words of Zig Ziglar; "go as far as you can see, when you get there, you will see further."
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