• How is your mouth’s health?

    DATE: 03/30/2023

    Published by: Horiens

    In March we celebrate World Oral Health Day, a great opportunity to learn more about this that health topic as a whole. See below some key information to keep your oral health up to date!

    Did you know that going to the dentist only when you’re in pain or showing problems is self-sabotaging your own health? Our health begins in the mouth, and your mouth’s health begins with proper hygiene and periodic visits to the dentist.

    Dentist Larrosier Ortiz, OdontoPrev’s oral health consultant, during Horiens’ live broadcast in partnership with Novonor Group companies for the promotion of oral health gave us some warnings.

    “It is important to remember that the evolution of oral diseases leads to tooth loss, which negatively affects life quality, resulting in functional impacts related to chewing and speech, for example, loss of self-esteem and associated psychological problems,” explains Larrosier. “Not to mention the relation of oral health to other health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, and even abortion,” he adds.

    Check out these 5 essential steps to keep your oral health up to date:

    1) Scrape your tongue when you wake up
    During the night, the tongue suffers an accumulation of debris and dead cells, the so-called tongue plaque. Use an appropriate scraper, an utensil sold in drugstores, and carefully make a sweeping movement from the back of the tongue forward. This practice prevents the proliferation of bacteria and reduces the development of halitosis by 90%.

    2) Brush and floss your teeth after meals
    “If you are brushing your teeth in 30 seconds, you are doing it wrong,” Larrosier warns. Proper brushing, preceded by flossing, is fundamental.

    The floss must enter the gingival sulcus, where the bacterial plaque, the main cause of gingival problems, is retained.

    The brush should have soft bristles, and the time to brush our teeth should be about 2 minutes, that is, 30 seconds for each half of the mouth.

    3) Use fluoride toothpaste

    The teeth lose their minerals due to acidity, caused by bacteria that proliferate when the oral cavity is not well cleaned. Fluoride acts to reverse the scenario helping the teeth’s remineralization process.

    For adults, the recommendation is to choose a toothpaste with 1,450 ppm.  The amount of toothpaste should be equivalent to a pea bean.

    For children, toothpastes with a fluoride concentration above 800 to 1000 ppm are sufficient. The amount of toothpaste should be like a grain of rice. For babies under two, less than a grain of rice.  “For those who are unable to rinse their mouth after using the toothpaste, it is recommended that the mouth be sanitized with a gauze dampened with water,” Larrosier advises.

    4) Attention to bleeding gums
    If you notice blood while flossing or brushing, know that your gums are sick. Three days without properly brushing your teeth is enough to cause bleeding.

    Immediately resuming basic care can remedy the problem, however if this does not happen, go see a dentist for cleaning and scaling.

    “Gum bleeding is related to poor sports performance, low birth weight and diabetes, and other health problems. If left untreated, gum disease can also evolve to periodontitis, which can cause a lot of pain and sensitivity,” explains Larrosier.

    5) Go to the dentist twice a year as a preventive routine
    It is essential to go to the dentist twice a year, preventively. Only a trained professional can identify problems at an early stage, increasing the chances of preserving the teeth.

    “Cavities are the result of a chemical process. In the beginning it is treatable,” explains Larrosier. If you put off going to the dentist, however, the problem will progress, killing the nerve of the tooth and creating the need for a root canal treatment to remove this dead and contaminated content.

    “Think about whether it is good to have a source of infection in a tooth with blood vessels connected to the rest of your body? This can be associated, for example, with cases of miscarriage, so dental prenatal care is essential for pregnant women. Another situation that can occur is that the bacteria can migrate to the heart, increasing the risk of developing bacterial endocarditis, an infection in the heart,” he explains.


    Did you miss the live chat with dental surgeon Larrosier Ortiz or want to see it again? {Click here to watch!


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