Tuesday April 7, 2020

Follow These Oral Hygiene and Dental Health Tips

How to maintain perfect dental health? Here are some ways to do so

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Here are some oral and dental health tips for working people who are always running short of time. Pixabay

BY SIDDHI JAIN

Oral hygiene has been regarded as the mirror to ones general health, as research has shown a link between the health of a persons set of precious set of “while pearls” and overall health.

Here are some oral and dental health tips by Dr Himanshu Dadlani, Consultant, Dental Care, Max Hospital, Gurugram, for working people who are always running short of time:

1. Brush regularly but not aggressively

Brushing teeth twice a day is a well known oral hygiene routine but that’s effective only if done using use the correct technique. Brush upper jaw teeth using down strokes and lower jaw using up strokes. Take care to brush the front, back and top of every tooth. Strictly avoid using back-and-forth motions.
Use a soft toothbrush and change your toothbrush every 3 months or when the ends start to look frayed, whichever comes first.

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Oral hygiene has been regarded as the mirror to ones general health. Pixabay

2. Floss at least once a day

Purpose of floss is not to remove the stuck food in-between the teeth but to remove the transparent plaque. It is extremely effective in reducing bad breath by cleaning the areas where a toothbrush is unable to reach.

3. Quit smoking

Smoking puts your mouth at risk for gum disease and oral cancer. Smoking leads to yellowing of the teeth and also causes bad breath. Reach out to your dentist for quitting programs.

4. Check your diet

Avoid sugary and sticky food. Fibrous food has natural cleaning action on your teeth. Feel like having carbonated drinks? Do yourself good and drink plenty of water instead.

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Visit a dentist regularly for a better oral health. Pixabay

5. Never ignore bleeding from gums

Bleeding from gums is the initial sign of gum disease. See a dentist for a simple solution.

6. Ignore the myth that cleaning the teeth is going to weaken them

Regular professional cleaning of your teeth has no side effects at all rather it is simple and painless.

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7. See a dentist regularly

No matter what age you are, seeing a dentist every six months is always a good idea. Prevention is the hallmark of modern dentistry. (IANS)

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Physical Abuse During Childhood May Lead To Heavy Cigarette Use: Study

The researchers used their responses about smoking between the ages of 12 and 18 to identify three patterns of cigarette use

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Adolescent cigarette smoking is a really serious social problem and public health concern. Pixabay

Researchers have found that children who have been abused, mistreated or neglected at home are more likely to start smoking cigarette and other substances.

The study, published in the journal Substance Use & Misuse, showed that physical abuse of children in high-risk homes, especially when they’re toddlers or teens, dramatically increases the odds that their adolescent experimentation with cigarettes will lead to a heavy smoking habit.

For the findings, the study examined data on children who were at high risk for abuse and neglect — either because they had been referred to a child protective service or lived in conditions associated with the likelihood of maltreatment or both. “I wanted to look at different types of maltreatment and whether they have an impact on cigarette smoking,” said study lead author Susan Yoon, Assistant Professor at Ohio State University in the US.

“Adolescent cigarette smoking is a really serious social problem and public health concern. Brain development is not complete until late adolescence or during young adulthood, and cigarette smoking is associated with damage in brain development,” Yoon said.

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“We also know that those who start smoking cigarettes during adolescence are more likely to continue smoking into adulthood,” Yoon added. For the results, the research team used data on 903 adolescents, who were assessed at age 12, 16 and 18.

A breakdown of different types of abuse and neglect experienced by the sample population during three different time periods (early childhood, school age and adolescence) confirmed how vulnerable these kids were.

The researchers used their responses about smoking between the ages of 12 and 18 to identify three patterns of cigarette use: stable low/no use (61 per cent of respondents), gradually increasing use (30 per cent) and sharply increasing cigarette use (nine per cent).

“It was almost shocking how the pattern of cigarette use over time went up so drastically in the sharply increasing use class,” Yoon said.

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Researchers have found that children who have been abused, mistreated or neglected at home are more likely to start smoking cigarettes and other substances. Pixabay

“They were pretty similar to the others at age 12 — almost 80 percent didn’t smoke. At age 16, we saw that almost 60 per cent had used cigarettes more than 20 days in the past year and by 18, every single kid in this group reported heavy use of cigarettes,” Yoon added.

A statistical analysis showed that adolescents who experienced early childhood physical abuse were 2.3 times more likely to be in the sharply increasing cigarette use group compared with the stable no/low group. Physical abuse during adolescence had an even stronger effect — this type of mistreatment at that point in life was linked to 3.7 times higher odds for sharply increased cigarette use. Adolescents who had been neglected during early childhood were 1.89 times more likely to be in the gradually increasing cigarette use group than in the stable no/low use group.

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About 40 per cent of these smokers had reported using cigarettes at age 16, and by age 18, more than 80 per cent were smokers, and about 40 per cent had smoked on more than 20 days in the previous year, the study said. (IANS)