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Is mouthwash safe to use?

When it comes to good oral hygiene, the rule is to brush twice and floss daily (and to visit your dentist regularly). But have you ever heard any dentist say “Use mouthwash daily to maintain good oral hygiene”. Yet it’s funny how most people still manage to make this a part of their daily oral hygiene regimen.

It’s Valentine’s day and I’m sure everyone is relying heavily on their mouthwashes and breath fresheners today. But bad breath is an indicator that something is not right in your body. You may be having an overload of bacteria in the calculus on your teeth, causing inflammation of your gums. Or you may be having a dry mouth due to an underlying medical condition like Sjogren’s syndrome. Or it may just be the colds, making you breathe through your mouth (since your nose is blocked), drying it up and causing the bad breath. Whatever it may be, treat the root cause, don’t cover up the symptoms.

Visit your dentist and see if your oral hygiene is good. If not, you can definitely have bad breath, which should be relieved after you get a scaling, followed by good oral hygiene. If the bad breath doesn’t go away, you need to check with your physician for any underlying medical conditions. If you are having dry mouth due to a medical problem, salivary replacements are available to help keep your mouth moist.

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Conspiracy Theory Part 2: Your diet may be responsible for more than your weight

One of the things my mother takes pride in, is the fact that she cooks most of the food in her house. In other words, she doesn’t buy a lot of ready-to-eat food at home. That also means food gets cooked in its full nutritional value. And that makes a huge difference, not just in your diet, but in your dental hygiene and health.

So what’s the conspiracy? Refined foods. Available at any store near you. Feel hungry? Grab a cupcake and a can of sweetened aerated beverage or a bag of chips and pack of biscuits. Foods that have been stripped off their true nutrient value and fiber. Food that is so sweet, it could provide sugar for an entire classroom. Foods that get so sticky – there is no way they are going anywhere with a simple mouth rinse.

I’ve had parents trying to get me to tell their children, that they shouldn’t eat chocolates. But in reality, will staying away from chocolates alone keep your teeth free from cavities? Unknown to many, all sugary and sticky foods are good at lodging in the hard-to-clean areas. Sweetened drinks are equally to blame since they can access any corner of the mouth. And in the process of relishing these drinks we swirl them around in our mouths, all the while, exposing them to other areas of the teeth.

Imagine this scenario – you’ve had a nice, sumptuous dinner followed by a rich dessert. Shortly after this, you hit the bed, maybe without even rinsing your mouth. This is what happens – as you sleep, the flow of saliva decreases. As you areĀ  not active, there isn’t anything to stimulate a fresh flow of saliva. And all those foods remain adherent to your teeth overnight. That gives the bacteria, plenty of food to act on and break down into acids. You won’t notice any changes overnight. But watch out for cavities (caries) in the long run.

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