Prodhonya Issue 1 Article 12

Hygiene

The current dental environment has suffered through many dietary changes through the years; from a more abrasive, more acidic and sugary evolved diet. This has been evidenced through the increase in dental diseases, such as caries and erosion, leading to a surge of the need for fillings and extraction.

Practising good oral hygiene not only refers to brushing your teeth twice daily but also flossing, avoiding tobacco, and limiting sodas, alcohol and coffee.

Foods required for optimum oral health are as follows-

✓Calcium rich foods like-low fat or fat free milk, yogurt, cheese, fortified soymilk, salmon, almonds and dark leafy vegetables.

✓phosphorus-mineral found in eggs, fish, lean meat, dairy, nuts, beans etc.

✓vitamin C-promotes gum health, have citrus fruits like oranges, lemon. Tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, spinach etc.

Limit sugary foods and starches and drink lots of water instead of sugary drinks. Visit your dentist 6 months once to enhance your smile! Stay healthy stay HAPPY!

Manisha Das