For the majority of individuals, the basics of good dental hygiene are taught from a young age — and with good intent. Teeth serve different purposes, all of which are important to various degrees. A person can chew because of the teeth, as it speeds up the process of digestion. From their shape of the face to their smile, one's appearance also depends on their teeth.
As important and necessary as teeth are, however, they are not everlasting. They are vulnerable to a lot of problems that can result in their decay. Fortunately, these issues are often preventable if a person adopts good dental habits. In order to follow them, it is crucial to understand the threats and how to prevent and treat them.
1. Bad Breath :
Halitosis — also known as bad breath, is when a person's breath has a foul or unpleasant odor. The problem can arise because of a number of things, including dryness of the mouth, lingering food particles in the mouth, poor dental hygiene, recently eaten food items, mouth infection, or illness. Getting rid of bad breath is based on its cause. For some people, bad breath may be solved by regularly brushing the teeth to remove the buildup of plague or cleaning the tongue with a scraper to remove bacteria.
When gum disease or other dental infection is the source, treatment by a dentist is required. Proper dental hygiene is also a significant aspect of avoiding dental problems. Moreover, toothbrushes should be changed every three months, and the majority of individuals should schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings. Halitosis caused by dryness in the mouth may be prevented by drinking adequate water or chewing on gum.
2. Gum Disease :
When the gums get infected because of bacteria or toxins produced by plaque, it results in periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Periodontitis and gingivitis are two common types of gum disease. Out of the two conditions, gingivitis is reversible and can be treated. People with gingivitis notice their gums become red and swollen over days, and at times, may result in bleeding. Periodontitis is the later stage of gingivitis when it is left untreated. It is the advanced stage in which plaque spreads beyond the gum line and can cause gum deterioration and destruction of tooth-supporting bones. Additionally, it can lead to tooth loss.
Gum disease can be prevented from happening. Prevention measures include brushing teeth properly and flossing to remove plaque and bacteria. Individuals should make it a habit to brush teeth following meals and floss between the teeth at least once a day to eliminate the hidden plaque. Proper maintenance of internal conditions such as diabetes may also help reduce the risk of gum disease.
Treatment of gum disease includes surgery or non-surgical procedures such as scaling, root planing, and antibiotics. Surgical procedures include periodontal pocket reduction and gum graft surgery.
3. Tooth Sensitivity :
The teeth' nerves are covered by a layer known as dentin that can get exposed due to overzealous brushing, receding gums, age, or even tooth-whitening products. Once it gets exposed, a person can feel pain from eating salty, sweet, cold, or hot foods. Besides, you may experience pain if you breathe cold air. This condition is referred to as tooth sensitivity.
Tooth sensitivity is preventable with proper dental hygiene. Individuals can prevent the recession of gums leading to tooth sensitivity by properly brushing and flossing their teeth and reducing sugary and salty foods. If teeth sensitivity persists for long, treatment is required to determine the actual cause of it. Treatments may include rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash and brushing with a high-fluoride/ desensitizing toothpaste.
4. Yellow Teeth :
Yellowing of teeth also referred to as tooth discoloration, is a condition in which the teeth become discolored. This is primarily caused by smoking, excess fluoride, aging, plaque, medications, or certain types of food. Prevention is not always possible when it is associated with genetics, however, you can avoid certain foods that are acidic or that contain tannins. Besides, you can make some lifestyle changes, including quitting smoking. Cleaning the teeth every six months by a dentist may also help prevent teeth discoloration. For some, over the counter teeth whitening powders may be an option.
5. Tooth Decay :
When the teeth develop plaque, it produces acids that are sticky and adhere to the teeth, thereby attacking the enamel. If not cleaned properly, it can damage the enamel, resulting in tooth decay. Additionally, if it's left untreated, it may result in cavities. The primary reason for tooth decay is improper brushing or failure to brush the teeth regularly. Other conditions such as smoking, diabetes, dryness in the mouth, lack of fluoride, and the intake of sugary foods also contribute to tooth decay.
Dental decay can be prevented when one sticks to proper dental hygiene, such as flossing daily and brushing the teeth after meals. Mild tooth decay can be treated by switching to fluoride-based toothpaste and mouthwash. If the tooth decay results in cavities, it may require treatment depending on its severity. Treatment options include removing the decay and filling the hole with a dental filling. Then, the part of the extracted tooth is replaced with a crown — known as a root canal. In some cases, when the treatment options are not possible, the dentist may suggest removing the tooth altogether.
Ayurvedic Treatment For Dental Problems :
Dencare® is a natural herbal product curated by mixing Anacyclus Pyrethrum, Elletaria Cardamomum, Quercus Infectoria, and Eugenia Caryophyllata to promote ideal dental hygiene. The ingredients used can help reduce tooth sensitivity and promote the natural growth of enamel.
- Quercus Infectoria: This natural herb has astringent, antioxidant, wound-healing, and anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve bad breath and gum problems, including gum inflammation, gingivitis, and receding gums. Quercus Infectoria has powerful properties that help generate herbal metabolites, which indicates anti-dental caries activity. Besides, this potent herb has antibacterial agents that help protect against dental pathogens.
- Anacyclus Pyrethrum: Known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, Anacyclus Pyrethrum helps treat teeth sensitivity and painful toothaches. Additionally, it helps relieve sore, swollen, and receding gums.
- Eugenia Caryophyllata: This bio herb has been in usage for several years in dental preparations due to its powerful antiseptic and strong germicide properties. Besides, its analgesic and antibacterial properties effectively help in fighting bacterial decomposition of food particles in the mouth and bad breath, cavities, toothaches, and tooth decay.
- Elletaria Cardamomum: This potent herb works effectively in removing bad breath and has an aromatic taste. Elletaria Cardamomum has volatile oil that contains anti-microbial properties and helps treat teeth and gum infections.
Grocare has solely designed this toothpowder to maintain a favorable environment to encourage enamel growth by balancing the mouth's pH naturally. With healthy enamel, Dencare® aims to eliminate all oral problems such as cavities, tooth sensitivity, and tartar.