Care for the shiny ones

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The small 32 warriors that we all have in our mouth are responsible for much more than just chewing food.  They help us to pronounce the words correctly and give us that dashing profile. Teeth are supposed to stay with us all through our life; but that only happens if we take good care of them. Essential they are; as they are the initial step towards the digestion of food; they must be taken care of and kept healthy or else they’ll repay you with pain, lots and lots of pain.
Oral problems are only a start of something much worse. Not taking proper care of your teeth and gums may lead to tooth decay, bleeding gums and oral cancer. Each of which hurts more than the previous one. So it is important to keep them safe at the start of day and before going to sleep, tuck them under the warm care.

Getting started

The first question to be answered to lead a healthy dental life is how does one take care of his/her teeth?
To understand this let us go down to the basic. There are 5 steps to care for your teeth and gums:

  • Proper brushing
  • Regular flossing
  • Eating the right food
  • Regularly visiting your dentist
  • Rinsing after every meal


The most important part of your teeth care is brushing. Hence it is important to brush at least twice a day. It is recommended that one brushes after every meal. It is also suggested that one waits ideally 30 minutes after every meal before brushing. This is mentioned because when we eat food, the enamel of our teeth gets soft due to the acid in the food and it takes time for it to re-harden. Brushing while they’re soft may lead to erosion of that enamel layer. Brushing is also responsible for removing plaque, a bacteria film that gets attached to the teeth after meals. This layer of plaque produces more acid when it comes in contact with food. This process gets repeated overtime and causes cavities.
Tips for Brushing:

  • Of fluoride toothpaste; a pea sized dab is enough. Place it on your brush (which is recommended to be soft).
  • Place the brush against the teeth in such a way that it makes 45 degree angle to the gum line.
  • Slowly and steadily move the brush across each tooth while making small circular movements. The bristles of the toothbrush are to be kept against the gum line. Pressing the toothbrush so hard that the bristles lie flat against the tooth will do no good. It is to be remembered that teeth are cleaned by the tips. Try to reach the spaces of your teeth with the bristles.
  • The chewing surfaces of the teeth are to be brushed across. No crevice or groove is to be left.
  • Only the outside is not enough, make sure the same circular movement is also used to clean the backside of the teeth of the both upper and lower teeth line.
  • A few gentle stokes of brush to your tongue is also important. This will remove any bacteria lingering on your tongue and freshens your breath.
  • Rinse your mouth with water, after 2-3 minutes of brushing.
  • Your toothbrush is not immortal; change it after two to three months depending on its condition.


Flossing is as important as brushing. It is important to floss your teeth once a day. This will get rid of particles of food and any remaining plaque that may be hiding in the places of your teeth where your brush may not reach. Any remaining particles of food or plaque can harden, which may cause tartar. Only a dentist or a hygienist can remove the traces of tartar. So floss while taking in consideration the points mentioned below.

  • Take your floss dispenser and extract around 18 inch strip of floss.
  • This strip is to be winded across the middle finger of both hands leaving 1 inch of strip open. This one inch strip will be used to floss your teeth, first the top line, then the bottom.
  • Place this strip of floss in your mouth. Index fingers will help guide the floss between teeth. Pressing too hard may injure your gums so keep it gentle.
  • Move this floss strip up and down against the surface of each tooth around the gum line. As you floss, this strip should make a c-shape around each tooth.
  • Floss between each tooth and behind it too.
  • Floss each tooth with fresh and clean section of flossing strip. Wind down the used strip around your fingers.

Mouth Friendly food:

Choose the food which will help hardening your teeth and not breaking them down. Food such as cheese, chicken or meats such as that, nuts and milk provide healthy diet for your mouth too. They are thought to protect the teeth, as they provide calcium and phosphorous to tooth and re-mineralize it.

Foods such as firm/crunchy fruits like pears apples and many vegetables are also healthy foods for your mouth. The high content of water that these food have, dilute out the effects of sugar they have in them and also stimulates the saliva.

Obvious poor food choices include candy of all sorts (no exception), cookies, cakes, potato chips etc. In short junk food of most sorts which have high sugar content and which stick to your teeth are all bad. This is because when they stick to your teeth, they provide an endless supply of fuel to bacteria living in the crevices of your teeth.

Teeth as said before are bound to stick with you for a lifetime only if you care for them. They can bring pain and misery to a level you can never imagine. So take care of them. There’s only one original set provided to you; mangle them and you will never get a new set.