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Importance of Brushing Teeth

Importance of Brushing Teeth

by: Dr. Roma Bakshi
Consultant - Dental

Brushing is an exercise for teeth. Just like physical exercising is for physical well-being, brushing is for healthy teeth and gums. Brushing enhances the beautiful smiles, prevents cavities, bad breath, and dental problems. Bacteria tend to lodge in our teeth and gums after meals. If we don’t brush for long, these bacteria start the process of cavity formation. Brush your tongue to keep your breath fresh. Replace the tooth brush once in 3 months.

 START EARLY

  • Brushing must start at the emergence of babies’ first teeth.
  • Use a brush specifically made for baby’s gums or wrap a clean wash cloth over a thin tooth brush handle to clean your baby gums or teeth especially while teething.
  • Better to use a baby’s tooth brush and a paste that is non-fluoridated.
  • Brush your teeth two times a day for at-least 2-3 min.
  • Children must be made aware about the importance of brushing which will make them conscious regarding tooth decay, pain, and dental problems.
  • Explain the correct techniques of brushing which involves the circular as well as up & down motions.
  • Try and involve some fun element to make it more interesting for your children.
  • Variety of flavored tooth pastes are available, chose the right one for your child.
  • Start the fluoridated tooth paste when the child is 2 years and older and able to spit easily.
  • Nowadays Pit and fissure sealant and fluoride application are widely used procedures in the prevention of decay.

BRUSHING DURING PREGNANCY!!

MYTH: Avoid brushing during pregnancy because it will lead to loosening of teeth.

FACTS

  • Brushing as well as flossing is very important during the time of pregnancy.
  • Pregnancy can also affect your teeth and gums.
  • Moreover, studies have shown that if you develop gum disease while you are pregnant, you are more likely to give birth to a premature baby.
  • Visit your dentist regularly when you are pregnant.

ATTENTION!!

  • In pregnancy, changes in hormones affect your entire body, hormone changes can cause PREGNANCY GINGIVITIS that means your gums may swell up and become sensitive, causing bleeding when you brush your teeth or floss.

 

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