Caring For Your Teeth In Dubai

We consider our teeth our best friends, as they are the ones who help us enjoy all the delicious foods right from our infancy. So to keep our pearly whites forever with us, we need to take proper care of them.

The question that we often encounter is how to do so?

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How to take proper care of our teeth?

Taking care of our teeth is a lifelong commitment; hence it is imperative to maintain good oral hygiene.

Good oral hygiene means that:

• Our teeth are perfectly clean and free of any food debris,
• Our gums are healthy, pink, not swollen, and do not bleed while
brushing,
• And lack of any bad breath!!

We must regularly practise a proper oral hygiene regime to maintain good oral hygiene, the most important being brushing our teeth.

 

Brushing

• We must brush our teeth twice a day. The importance of brushing our teeth can never be overemphasized as brushing
correctly and twice a day could save you a lot of trouble. Yet a lot of people fail to follow this. Research has shown that brushing at night before sleeping is much more essential than brushing in the morning as it prevents many dental diseases.

• Brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste (toothpaste containing fluoride) is recommended. Adults can use any commercially
available toothpaste with 1000-1500 PPM of Fluoride.

• Replace your brush when its bristles start fraying or every three months, whichever is earlier.

• Brushing with the proper brushing technique is much more important than brushing multiple times in the wrong way.


Proper Brushing Technique

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums at the junction of gums and teeth. Move the toothbrush gently back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes from the gums towards the tooth surfaces, making an arc up and down. In this way, brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the front and back teeth.

This method is called the Modified Bass technique. It is ideal for most adults without any gum diseases.

There are other brushing techniques recommended for children, people with orthodontic braces on their teeth, older people with gum problems, which your dentist can show you.

• It is essential to clean the tongue as well while brushing. This
habit keeps bad breath away!

This is why caring for your teeth In Dubai is so important.

 

Flossing And Mouthwash

Flossing is the most neglected oral hygiene habit that there is.

Once you have brushed your teeth, you need to floss in between your teeth to take out any chunks of food stuck, which can potentially cause you problems.

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Flossing also helps in stimulating the gums, preventing plaque, and reducing any inflammation of gums. It is essential to floss if you have crowns or bridges in your mouth. Cleaning the surfaces of these crowns and bridges is vital to keep them healthy and increase their longevity.

Proper flossing technique

Cut about 15-18 inches of floss, and wrap it around the fingers of each hand. This way, you will have a clean piece of floss for each tooth. Now curve the floss into a C-shape as you position it in between two adjacent teeth and slide it up and down along the side of each tooth.

You must also remember to floss the backside of your back teeth.

You can also keep your oral cavity fresh by using mouthwashes, which are generally available over the counter.

However, it is not recommended to use these mouthwashes for a prolonged duration as excessive usage may cause drying of your mouth. Always consult your dentist for mouthwash recommendations.

So, remember the sequence of brushing your teeth to clean them, floss in between them, and at last, use a mouthwash for a fresh breath with a clean mouth.

Caring for your teeth in Dubai means that your have to apply this advice consistently, every day, otherwise you will start having issues.

What to look out for?

As mentioned earlier, maintaining good oral hygiene is vital to keeping your mouth healthy. Oral health encompasses the health of our teeth, gums, tongue, and cheeks as a whole. Infection in the mouth can affect any of these and cause disturbances in our oral health.

So it is essential to detect any issues in their initial stages, to be intercepted at the earliest. That will help save you a whole lot of trouble. Here are the warning signs to look out for that can help in identifying oral health issues:

• Pain- is the most critical and common sign that we face, which tells us we have a problem with our teeth. It could stem from           any dental decay, impacted wisdom tooth, infection, or even gum disease.

• Sensitivity to cold or hot food/beverages – may indicate any dental decay or gum disease.

• Bleeding from gums- is a sign of gum inflammation

• Ulcers, sores, tender areas in gums or anywhere else in the mouth.

• Loose tooth, Bad breath, or Receding gums may be signs of gum diseases.

• Swelling in the gums or Swelling of the face can arise from dental decay, aggravating and spreading infection.

• Ulcers or tenderness on the tongue is warning signs that you must be aware of.

• Pain in a tooth while biting could arise from a cracked tooth.

• Clicking in the jaw may indicate problems in your jaw joints. These are few red flags that you must be wary of. They may be         the forbearer of any underlying oral disease or dental decay, so

If you encounter these, do not ignore them.

Caring For Your Teeth In Dubai is as important here as anywhere in the world. Please don’t neglect your teeth! Look after them.

When to see a dentist?

People generally try to solve their dental problems through home remedies or over-the-counter medicines and go to the dentist only when it turns severe. However, this approach can cost you dearly (financially as well as your health).

For example, a dental cavity can turn into a full-blown infection causing severe pain, pus discharge, abscess, and similar problems. Gum bleeding can turn into periodontal problems if left untreated.

This neglect can not only lead to serious suffering but can also prove to be heavy on your pocket. Needless to say, you must visit your dentist if you see any of the above signs. Regular and timely dental visits can help your dentist detect any dental issues in their initial stages.

Early treatment will help you avoid a lot of trouble in the future. Regular dental cleanings also play an essential role in preventing gum problems and keeping gum diseases away; hence they must be availed routinely.

Dr Hafsa Alidrissi is a dentist and a certified expert with oral health and digital dentistry in Dubai and can advise you on best practices regarding looking after your mouth and teeth.

Please contact her now to book a consultation. Contact details can be found HERE.

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