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10 Hidden Aspects of Oral Health: Unveiling Potential Issues Despite a Healthy Appearance

Dr. Karishma Jaradi, Head Dental Surgeon - Dentzz Dental (4)

 DrKarishma JaradiHead Dental Surgeon at Dentzz Dental .

The oral hygiene basics are well known to all: brush twice a day, floss regularly, and see a dentist. However, what about the aspects of oral health that are hidden? There may be a few underlying issues beneath that stunning smile. Let’s delve into these 10 little-known factors that can affect your oral health.

 1. The tongue factor: We always concentrate on teeth and gums while ignoring the fact that the tongue plays an important role in oral hygiene. It carries bacteria, food particles, and dead cells contributing to bad breath and other mouth problems. Clean your tongue gently with a scraper or soft-bristle toothbrush every day for fresher breath and a healthy mouth.

 2. Flossing: Flossing might seem like a chore but it’s critical to get rid of plaque and food particles between teeth as well as under the gum-line where your toothbrush cannot reach. Skipping flossing can lead to gum disease or cavities so make sure you prioritize it in your daily routine.

 3. Toothpaste selection matters: Not all toothpaste is created the same. Choose one with fluoride content. The latter strengthens the enamel- which is the hard outermost part of your teeth defending them from decaying. Check with your dentist for recommendations based on your specific needs.

 4. Diet: a silent culprit: Healthy dental habits are dependent on a balanced diet. Sugary and acidic foods cause dental and gum diseases. Include more calcium-rich foods like milk, cheese, and leafy greens which will help strengthen teeth and bones. Don’t forget water! It cleanses out harmful bacteria and neutralizes acids in our mouths.

 5. Beware of hidden sugars: Sugar isn’t always as obvious as candy. Sugar is not only found in sweets but in many processed foods and drinks. Be careful about what you purchase by reading ingredient lists and going for sugar-free options whenever possible.

 6. Dry mouth: Dry mouth is not just thirst but a condition whereby one’s mouth does not generate enough saliva leading to more cavities and gum diseases. Saliva helps in washing away food particles, neutralizing acids, and enhancing the remineralization of tooth enamel. If you have long-lasting dry mouth, ask your medical or dental doctor about other causes of this problem and treatment alternatives.

7. Medications and oral health: Some drugs can have side effects that affect the oral cavity. In case you suspect that any of your medications may be resulting in an oral health problem, talk to your doctor or dentist about it.

 8. Grinding your teeth: There is a condition called bruxism, which involves grinding teeth while you sleep or even during the day, this often leads to headaches and jaw pain. Often, people aren’t even aware they grind their teeth, especially at night. If you suspect bruxism, consult your dental practitioner for possible causes including mouth guard.

 9. Smoking’s hidden harm: Smoking is well known for its general negative impact on health but it also affects the oral cavity significantly. It increases the risk of gum disease, cancerous growths in the mouth, and staining of teeth among other things. If you are addicted to cigarette smoking, quitting remains the best option for improving general and oral health.

 10. Holistic approach to wellness: It is important to realize that oral health has links with a person’s general state of well-being because chronic illnesses such as diabetes can affect oral health and vice versa. Maintaining a proper diet, exercising, and managing stress can lead to improved overall and oral health.

Being aware of all these factors makes you more proactive towards maintaining oral health. Do not be deceived with a healthy-looking mouth as there may be underlying oral health issues that may affect your teeth without you knowing it. Schedule dental visits, discuss your concerns with the dentist, and make sure you live healthy and maintain a bright smile inside and out.


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