Taking Care of Teeth
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage
Ceylon Today Features
A smile becomes even brighter with your teeth showing and starting out from an early age and taking care of the teeth you have now will lead to having brighter smiles in the future.
Human teeth exist to cut and crush large chunks of food in order to make easier to swallow and digest food. There are four types of teeth that an adult has are connected to the tooth-bearing bone of the jaw. As kids grow older, teeth start to come out from their gums. This first set of teeth are often called ‘milk teeth’. As children mature and become adults, these fall off gradually and are replaced by permanent teeth.
Although our teeth are hard, they aren’t made of bone but are covered by the enamel. It is considered to be the hardest mineral substance in our bodies and is even stronger than bone. Even though this enamel is so strong, it needs to be well taken care of because it’s what protects the sensitive parts inside our teeth. If we had no enamel, we wouldn’t be able to eat and drink the ways we do today. Also, if the enamel is damaged, there is no way to restore or recover what is lost. All of this means that taking care of our teeth is very important.
Even if ‘milk teeth’ fall away and are replaced by permanent teeth, it’s important that good dental habits are practiced from an early age because it is proven that kids who have good oral hygiene and take care of their teeth from their young age will continue to have good habits in their adulthood.
By doing so, these good habits that kids develop become the first defence against horrible dental diseases and complications that would have appeared in the future if not practiced. Here are a few good habits we can develop to having happy, healthy teeth.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day
This is the golden rule in having healthy teeth. Your toothbrush and toothpaste are the greatest weapons you have against tooth decay. Even so, just because you brush your teeth doesn’t mean you are doing it right. Remember to brush after your breakfast and before you go to sleep. If you can, then brush your teeth after lunch as well.
Also don’t forget to brush for at least two minutes and make sure you use only soft bristles. Make sure you brush all of your teeth and don’t forget your tongue as well. Your dentist can help you learn the correct way to brush your teeth.
Even if you brush your teeth correctly, there are hard to reach areas between your teeth that bristles cannot clean correctly. Dental floss is specially made to clean between your teeth. It may feel a bit weird at first but it’s still worth it.
Be careful of what you eat or drink
Eating sweets and drinking sugary juices and soft drinks are a major cause for bad teeth. Make sure you don’t have too much of these things too often. Remember to rinse your mouth after having such sugary treats. Drink a lot of water and make sure you’re getting enough calcium everyday.
Your dentist is your friend
Don’t forget to visit your family dentist every six months. Dentists can inspect your teeth and tell what you are doing right and what you can improve on. They also know the correct way to brush, floss and all other things related to having a bright smile.
Taking care of your smile only takes a few simple efforts. However, the result is just like a smile; priceless.