Imagine spending your favorite leisure time with great fun and enjoyment. Now imagine that suddenly, you start to suffer from excruciating pain from some tooth problem. I am sure your fun time just got spoiled and rendered into the moments of suffering and woe. It’s in times like these that knowing fun dentistry facts and tips can really come in handy.
There’s a famous saying that says that “precaution is better than care.” For example, our eating habits impact our dental health. In this post, I have compiled some useful facts and tips on how to keep your teeth healthy.
Our teeth comprise two parts – first is the root that is incorporated by gums and bone. Second is the part that is visible in the mouth and termed as a crown. A very high percentage of ailments occur in the crown.
Before we move ahead to explore, let me take you through some surprising and fun dentistry facts –
Fun Dentistry Facts
- Hesi-re is the earliest dentist who lived around 3000 B.C.E. He was an Egyptian doctor of the tooth.
- From the 5th century C.E. to 15th century C.E., “Barber-Surgeons” were practiced dental procedures, such as extracting teeth as well as hair cutting also.
- Tooth cleaning brushes, cleaning material, and mixture for mouth or breath freshener have been used since ancient times. The early Romans, Egyptians, Greek and Chinese formulated different mixtures including dried flowers, honey, fruit, and lizard and mice livers.
- Teeth are the hardest integration in our human body, and the enamel is the hardest substance.
- Since antiquity, cavities have been used with a wide range of material such as stone chips, gum, and sometime turpentine resin.
Vital Dental Tips
Hope these interesting facts about teeth and dentistry interested you!
Knowing these facts now, you can now better appreciate keeping your teeth healthy and shining. Especially with these awesome tips…
Brush Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth daily not only keeps your teeth clean but also removes plaque, which can cause the formation of cavities. Plaque is defined as a soft and sticky substance, which congregates with bacteria and food on the teeth.
You must also floss to remove the plaque between the teeth. Brushing twice a day is not sufficient since it doesn’t reach all of the space inside the mouth.
Gum (Periodontal) Disease
Gum disease is one of the most common diseases that cause tooth loss, and it’s linked to cardiac disorder and strokes. Gingivitis can be reversed towards normalcy, when it’s diagnosed at its early stage. But if left untreated, it can cause serious ailments and symptoms.
To prevent gum disease, you should consistently brush and floss your teeth twice a day. Anti-bacterial mouthwash and regular dental checkups are highly advisable as well.
(Editor’s note: those with sensitive teeth should completely avoid any kind of mouthwash, as they can also destroy the good bacteria in the teeth, which can lead to staining),
Many people blame improper teeth cleaning for bad breath. In many cases however, it is actually dental diseases or ailments that can also cause bad breath. Mouthwash can undoubtedly mask the odor, but it won’t cure the cause.
As I wrote earlier, it is recommended to floss and brush your teeth, and clean your tongue, to overcome bad breath.
Non-nutritional foods like soft drinks and sugar are one among the major causes of poor dental health. This stuff mixed with bacteria present inside the flora of mouth produces acid and damages the teeth’s enamel.
This eventually leads to the formation of cavities, bad breath, and gum disease. However, proper care on cleaning and staying away from high sugar-rich foods and beverages can maintain good dental health.
More importantly, maintain a healthy diet of 9-14 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday to maintain and enhance dental health.
Don’t Go Away Without Treatment
Don’t automatically dismiss your dentist’s opinion. They sometimes may know something that you aren’t aware of.
Root Canal is Not Painful
Some say that it is a horrible experience.
However, it’s really not that bad. With the latest technology, a root canal is not that bad. Just be sure that a root canal is as convenient and unproblematic as a tooth filling is.
(Editor’s Note: As a homeopath, I have had success in getting rid of tooth ailments in clients. In one incident, a client didn’t need to get a root canal because the homeopathic remedy provided helped tremendously.
I have also successfully used homeopathy on myself and others in easing dental procedures – before, during, and after the procedure!).
Replace Your Toothbrush
Change your toothbrush regularly after about three months. After 3 months, the brush isn’t so productive and effective in cleaning.
If you are suffering from any teeth or gum ailment, then you must replace the toothbrush at every 4-6 weeks; because the bacteria might create a harbor in the brush’s bristles.
You could also boil the toothbrush in hot water after recovering from sick or illness.
About the Guest Contributor:
Born and raised in New Delhi and a graduate of the University of Delhi, Parisha Sharma is a brilliant professional with a flair of writing on areas like health, sports, technology and more.
Parisha runs creative blogs and writes articles on lifestyle, food and travel. With much experience in the industry, Parisha has marked his footprints as a renowned guest blogger in Delhi.