HEALTHY TEETH: Do you want it?

Most of us have been taking our teeth for granted. They are there for a reason. It is positioned in our mouth at all times during the day, at night and when we wake up the next morning. It is ready for us all the time. But, It has been used and abused day in and day out. Many of us are bruxers too. Our bite force is 300 psi meanwhile the tire pressure in our car is only 30 psi. This is not a comparison of apples to apples but it gives us the baseline on how much pressure we put into our mouth. This enormous pressure per square inch, if not directed right can break teeth, loosen teeth, break fillings, chip crowns, and wear perfectly normal teeth down to the nerves. The wear and tear on the teeth happens round the clock. The prime function of our teeth is to help us in chewing food. But there is more to it than what meets the surface. In addition they serve the following:

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  • Helps us look cheerful and keeps us smiling.
  • It gives us the facial appearance that in turn shapes our face. It is our vertical dimension.
  • It provides support to facial musculature.
  • It helps us in chewing food adequately to promote ease of digestion. If not it leads to indigestion and partially chewed food in the gut.
  • It helps hold the supporting bones and gums together. If there is no teeth, the jaw itself would resorb over time leading to a thin and weak jaw.
  • Some teeth is better than no teeth at all. This helps in holding dentures.
  • Teeth helps us with speech. Without teeth we would be speech-Less.
  • We need our teeth to last a lifetime. From Birth to death they are our true companion. Our mouth is the gate way to our body. Without which we would not have come this far in terms of survival. All of us need to eat.
  • A healthy teeth in a healthy body is a must. Scientific studies have shown a direct correlation between bacteria that is present in the mouth to Heart disease. Blood transports bacteria too to rest of the body.
  • There is also something called the danger triangle of the face where infections of the face can go straight to the brain and can lead to severe complications.
  • Social life might come to a standstill if we have unsightly decayed teeth, fiery red bleeding gums, bad breath and food stuck between our teeth. From time to time we see patients who do not even brush their teeth daily. Plenty of plaque accumulation seen.
  • Having a beautiful healthy teeth displays to others the vitality of our body and it speaks to others in silence that we are mindful of our health.
  • A smile carries a lot of weight in our society. Would we have friends who would accept us if we have one front tooth missing?

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Tips in maintaining what we have got:

  • Visit your Dentist every six months to have necessary diagnostic X-rays taken, Comprehensive examination done and to get a Professional cleaning done.
  • Get oral cancer screening done at least once a year. Early detection is the key. The survival rates of oral cancer is just 20%. This affects both smokers and non smokers alike. We use a device called Velscope in our office in addition to periodic visual oral cancer checks. Photographs of any abnormal lesions can also be taken, if necessary.
  • Brush twice a day. Choose the right tools – The right toothbrush.
  • Floss once a day.
  • Rinse with water after each meal.
  • Educating ourselves on the basics of Oral Hygiene. Ask questions.
  • Your Dentist is your personal partner in your Oral Health. It is a 50/50 partnership.
  • Learn to brush right by using the right technique.
  • Get Oral Hygiene instruction from your dentist.
  • Make prevention your focus and commit to it – EVERY 6 months. This helps in preventing Dental diseases in the first place. It is your body. You will need to take care of it by investing in your own Health. If you don’t, who will ?


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