Dentist Özlem Filiz Bayar talked about what needs to be considered about dental health during the holiday.
Our eating habits also affect our oral health. In terms of oral health, there are some rules to be considered during and after nutrition. On top of the increased meat consumption during Eid al-Adha, including sweet consumption; The absence of dental problems is inevitable. This is why we need to pay more attention to our dental care.
Here are the things you need to pay attention to not to lose your dental health during the holidays…
Do not use toothpicks.
Generally, after meat consumption, teeth are tried to be cleaned with a toothpick. However, this is dangerous for dental health. Dental floss should be used when necessary to clean the food residues between the teeth.
Do not skip your oral and dental care after meals!
After eating and especially meat consumption, clean your teeth by brushing your teeth and then cleaning between the teeth with dental floss. Leftovers can cause big problems. Frequent consumption of meat, especially during the feast, may cause the meat to remain between the teeth; however, if you do not clean the gums between the teeth, these residues can cause caries, bad breath and gum diseases.
Things to do for regular oral care
First of all, go to the dentist every 6 months to protect your oral and dental health. Make a habit of using a toothbrush; otherwise, it is impossible to prevent the formation of caries on the teeth. Be sure to use dental floss and interface brushes; If you do not use it in areas where the toothbrush cannot reach, your teeth are never completely cleaned.
Beware of high sugar foods!
Take care not to consume excessive sugary foods; If you are going to eat, be sure to brush your teeth afterwards. It increases the rate of tooth decay when served with acidic soft drinks besides dessert.
We cannot say no to soft drinks served with dessert during Eid visits; but it is useful to remind you to be careful.
Brush your teeth correctly
One of the most important steps in oral and external health is to brush the teeth with the right method. Otherwise, you can damage the gums.
How to brush teeth?
– First, squeeze a lentil-size paste on your toothbrush without getting it wet.
– Start brushing with a downward sweeping motion for the upper teeth and an upward sweeping motion for the lower teeth.
– Continue brushing for at least 2 minutes, until you are sure your mouth is completely clean.
– If there are gaps between your teeth due to problems such as gum recession, clean all the gaps again with an interface brush suitable for the distance between your teeth.
– Then rinse your mouth one last time for 1 minute with a good mouthwash.