Oral Hygiene and Prevention of Toothache

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Oral Hygiene and Prevention

Prevention of any problem in the mouth can be done by certain basic measures taken towards maintenance of oral hygiene.

  • A regular twice-daily brushing and flossing regime,
  • balanced diet rich in fibre helps in preventing all kinds of oral health problems.
  • Control of blood sugar levels amongst diabetics
  • and blood pressure amongst hypertensive individuals helps maintain a healthy oral environment and diminishes infections.
  • A regular dental check-up every six months will help in identifying the presence of any problem in the oral health structures and treating them on time.

Toothache amongst children can be quiet a troublesome situation because of their refusal to visit a dentist.

  • Rinsing their mouth with clean water after meals will help diminish the accumulation of decay causing bacteria. This can be started as early as six to 12 months of age.
  • Use of mouthguards during outdoor sports such as foot ball and others can significantly diminish trauma to the oral structures.

Self-medication for treating tooth ache is usually not recommended, but an oral NSAID or few proven home remedies might be used for temporary pain relief.

Home Remedies for Tooth Ache:

Few home remedies have been proven to provide effective pain relief in case of any kind of toothache.

  • Clove oil application at the site of pain on the tooth or gums has helped reduce the toothache caused by decayed teeth.
  • Crushed garlic has scientifically proven bactericidal properties which relieves pain and infection at the site for sometime. The crushed garlic can also be mixed with rock salt for better effect.
  • A salt water rinse helps prevent gum infections and is used particularly by pregnant women.
  • Consumption of raw onions and lime has also been found to reduce tooth and gum problems.

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