You can blame it on Hollywood or Instagram, but it’s undeniable that everyone wants bright and white teeth to smile gorgeously.
It has become a fashion-craze for many people. Mostly it is celebrities who are seen to be whitening their teeth to a large extent, thus influencing the public especially the youth.
They also end up endorsing teeth whitening clinics which translate as a good and healthy practice but dentists say otherwise.
Teeth whitening, which is popularly known as teeth bleaching is the process of lightening the color of ones teeth to a lighter shade than it used to be.
Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient most commonly used in whitening products.
Lots of people for medical reasons desire for whitening when the teeth decolorizes into yellow or brown due to extrinsic and intrinsic factors such as food stain (most popular cause), dental carries, smoking etc.
For others, they do it for aesthetic purposes; just to look good and have whiter teeth.
There are many avenues people employ to whiten their teeth. They are:
1. The home remedy by using teeth whitening toothpaste or buying the kits for use at home.
2. Professional whitening by using the laser method.
However dentist at the University of Ghana Hospital, Dr. Ken Daketsey, advised people who wish to whiten their teeth to always seek for professional help first.
He explained that whitening of the teeth takes away a thin layer of the teeth’s surface thus making it sensitive when exposed, so people who adapt the home remedy should rather ask for professional advice from a dentist before trying it at home.
Dr. Ken who was speaking on the good health show, also cautioned strongly against the use of baking soda by many to whiten their teeth.
He said baking soda is not healthy for the teeth because there are certain chemicals that exist in it which might not be appropriate for the teeth.
One thing you must note is the fact that, the human or adult teeth to be precise is naturally not white but due to stain from the food you eat, old age and other factors; your teeth decolorizes.
Hence if you desire or want to whiten your teeth, seek for medical advice from a professional dentist.
How seriously are you taking your oral hygiene?
Growing up, majority of us did not take our oral hygiene very seriously until we encountered a dental problem in our adult lives which was usually a painful and embarrassing moment.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gum.
Having healthy teeth does not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible for you to eat and talk properly in public anytime you step out.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Burden of Disease Study by 2017 estimated that oral diseases affect close to 3.5 billion people worldwide, with caries of permanent teeth being the most common condition and more than 530 million children also suffer from caries of primary teeth.
Thus it has become necessary in this modern age and time for you to take your dental hygiene seriously because of the numerous benefits it comes with.
Basically, Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping one’s mouth clean and free of disease and other problems such as caries, bad breath by regular brushing of the teeth and cleaning in-between the teeth (flossing). It is important that oral hygiene be carried out on a regular basis to enable prevention of dental diseases and bad breath.
Let’s learn some tips on how to maintain a good oral hygiene:
1. Always brush your teeth at least twice a day with any toothpaste that contains fluoride and calcium.
2. Floss and use mouthwash as often as you can to get rid of food particles in between teeth and corners of the mouth.
3. Avoid too much intake of sweets, acidic foods and drinks that may lead to tooth decay.
4. Visit a dentist regularly for a dental cleaning and check up to protect and remove any plaque that has hardened.
5. Do not neglect your tongue when brushing rather gently brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth.
6. Drink water frequently, as it washes out some negative effects of sticky and acidic foods and beverages in between brushes.
7. Eat fresh crunchy fruits and vegetables as it produces healthy fiber for your teeth.
8. Brush properly by taking your time, moving the toothbrush in gentle and circular motions to remove plaque in your teeth.
9. Avoid using your teeth to crack nuts, rip open a plastic package or remove bottle tops.
10. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet with the necessary nutrients needed for your teeth.
Follow these simple guidelines for a healthier and brighter smile.
And try as much as you can to visit your dentist every 6 months for a dental checkup for healthy teeth.
“A genuine smile comes from the heart, but a healthy smile needs good dental care”
~ Wayne chirisa.
Author: David Kofi Asante