The most neglected part of our body is teeth, at least in India, this is the scenario.
In the 80’s and 90’s, people in India used to extract their teeth that were causing them ‘pain’. No one used to go to a dentist to actually understand the root cause of the problem. The only reason they visited a dentist was to extract their teeth. It never made logic to me as teeth are just as vital to our body as our heart and brain. It helps us to chew food and also protect our delicate mouth from any physical blows.
I asked my father who also apparently had had his molar teeth extracted in his young age. Though it never caused any problem in the beginning but slowly that gap caused by extraction caused food to remain stuck. This eventually decayed his adjacent teeth. Well, he eventually got a scolding from a dentist. Blown off by my father’s idea of extraction, I asked him that what made him do it. His answer was ” That was the norm back then. There was no other alternative.” I agree. And even if there was, it was way too expensive, even to think of.
If I compare with today’s situation, it is a bit better off but the cost is still the same. It requires thousands and thousands of money for all types of dental treatments- root canal, orthodontic, periodontic, tooth scaling to name a few.
Though people are more aware of the alternative solutions and treatments now, but still there exist people mostly in rural who have the mindset of negligence and then the solution is extraction. Again the cost factor plays a very important role.
So, today I will share with you some tips on how to take care of your teeth. Why can I? Well, I went through 2 root canal treatments and an orthodontic treatment and several fillings to realize the real need to take care of your the teeth before it starts malfunctioning. I am no dentist but my dental problems have had let me do so much research on this topic that I can now be successfully called as a half- dentist.
First, Let’s discuss the four major problems and its causes.
Dental Problems and its Causes
Nonetheless, there are ‘n’ number of reasons to these problems. And mostly, they are intrinsic. We can cure them just by changing a bit of our lifestyle.
1. Gum problem
Gum Problem can be mainly of two types- A. Receding gums as the gums start getting loose.
and B. Gingivitis which results in swollen gums, mainly caused by the bacterial infection on gums.
2. Tooth decay
This is caused by the food that remains stuck in your teeth which in turn results in tooth decay. It can be a very severe issue, if left untreated the bacterias can reach the nerves of the tooth causing sharp pain.
Again the main culprit is bacteria feeding on the left over food on the teeth. Sometimes health problems can also cause bad breath
This is mainly caused by wearing of teeth enamel, which is the protective armor of the main teeth. If the enamel gets eroded, the nerves get exposed causing a cold or hot sensation. Tooth decay can also cause sensitivity issues.
All these problems arise from one main reason- unhygienic lifestyle habits.
Now, I am going to share few tips which can be used daily and in cheap ways to take care of your teeth.
All are natural methods which include no clinic visit. But if your teeth condition is bad, I would recommend you to visit a dentist immediately.
1. Oil pulling
First and foremost, the most raved ayurvedic procedure that is doing the rounds nowadays is Oil Pulling. It definitely works. It is a simple technique of swishing every morning before brushing teeth with either coconut or sesame oil within your mouth for about 5-10mins. These oils attract all the bacteria, virus and all sorts of toxins that are residing on your teeth and gum. It gives you a fresh feel and also removes bad breath. Do try this as it really is very cheap yet effective method.
I love mouthwashes as it instantly energizes me. You can go for Listerine or other companies that sell such products. Or you can prepare your mouthwash by your own. Take a quarter teaspoon of salt in a warm water and swish the mixture or gargle with it every day at least for 2-3 times a day.
3. Brush & floss
I cannot stress this habit enough. Brushing twice a day not only gives you a fresh feeling but it also removes the plaque. I used to brush only in the morning. But now I realize that it was a very bad idea. You should always brush at least twice a day- once in the morning and once at night to keep your teeth healthy and white.
4. Vitamin C good for gums
One tip you must know is that Vitamin C is a very good for healthy gums which are free from bacteria. It helps in treating the weak gums to tighten. It is also very beneficial for teeth health maintenance. But remember not to overdo it as it may leave the teeth eroded. I always believe that Moderation is the Key.
5. Intake dairy products
Dairy products are rich n Vitamin D which helps to keep the teeth healthy and strong. You should have more milk which is the main supply for Vitamin D or cheese, yogurt as per your liking. Whatever it may be, even if you don’t like dairy products then get some source of Vitamin D which is the necessity for your teeth as well as your bones.
7. No tobacco & cigarettes
Say No to tobacco and cigarettes. These are the culprits to your so many tooth woes. And you don’t even know. They darken your teeth and produces bad breath. They can also cause bacterial infection on your gums and teeth. There is a solid reason why the teeth of such people fall off early. And it is better not to ignore them because it leads to premature death of the teeth. There is also a high chance of diagnosing oral cancer if you continue smoking and chewing tobacco.
8. No to extraction
Never go down this path. Extraction would mean a hollow gap between two teeth and that would be very uncomfortable while chewing food and sometimes aesthetically bad as well. The more hygienic and proper solution would be at-home care. Develop a healthy lifestyle in your home only. No need for dentists.
9. No to Sugary Eateries and Fizzy Drinks
Sugary food and fizzy drinks contain certain amount of acid which may decompose the calcium built tooth with time. As a result, it may cause tooth decay and further erosion as time passes by. Now, I am not asking you to stop drinking and eating acidic foods. Try to limit it. As I said earlier “Moderation is the Key”.
Note: Fruit juices especially oranges, papaya contain acid in good level. So be cautious what you have and how you have it.