Practical Everyday Oral Health Tips

Good oral hygiene forms the benchmark to good oral health and in turn good general health. Poor oral health has been linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease as well

As a host of other conditions. Such diseases lower our bodies defences against infections and disease. Consequentially this can affect our overall health and well being. Below are some simple yet practical ways to ensure optimal oral health. 

  1. Stay hydrated– your saliva has antibacterial properties. This help to neutralise some of the acids produced by the bacteria’s in your mouth, that lead to tooth decay. Studies show Mouth breathers or people with dry mouth are more susceptible to dental decay than those who have adequate moisture in their mouth. Make sure you are sipping on plain water throughout the day!
  2. Brush your tongue– Halitosis or bad breath can be defined as an offensive breath odour. Tongues have an irregular surface that make them an ideal site for the growth of bacteria. These bacteria tend to produce toxins that give off a bad odour. The tongue just like our teeth needs regular cleaning. Both a brush or a tongue scraper can help reduce the bacterial load on your tongue.
  3. Clean in between the teeth. Most dental decay begins in between our teeth. Flossing helps to dislodge food and bacteria that otherwise would be missed with brushing alone. Flossing takes practice but can be easily learnt. Try starting with waxed floss or consider an interdental brush or a Waterpik instead.
  4. Reduce the consumption of sugar. Where possible eat foods in their natural forms. Packaged foods and snacks tend to be packed with hidden sugars. Studies show sugar is as addictive as cocaine and is harming our health. Bacteria + sugar = acids that lead to dental decay. Sugar not only affects our teeth but also interferes with our Hormones insulin, leptin, ghrelin. Leptin and ghrelin are key hormones in regulating our hunger cues. This is why many Individuals with a high sugar intake may also struggle with weight issues such as obesity. 

And there you have it! 4 very simple, everyday tips, that you can start implementing today! Do watch this space for more information and advice. As always, I look forward to being of service to you. 

Dr Arora is available for consultation and treatments at Ashford Thomson and Ashford Bedok

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