Keeping your teeth, gums and mouth clean and healthy is an important part of your daily hygiene routine. In order to create awareness about oral health and the importance of oral hygiene, World Oral Health Day is celebrated globally every year on 20th March. This year, World Oral Health Day is being celebrated “Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health”,
No matter how many times in a day you brush your teeth, there are some areas where you just can’t reach without flossing. Flossing helps to remove the food bits and plaque that gets accumulated between your teeth and below the gum line. However, don’t floss more than once a day as it may damage your gums.
Use a tongue scraper
You may have not known this but your tongue is associated with the thyroid, lungs, heart, kidneys, stomach, and the colon! Cleaning your tongue every day helps in removing the bacteria, improves your taste buds and reduces bad breath. Use a stainless steel scraper to stroke your tongue from back forward at least 7-8 times.
Drink enough water
A dry mouth increases your risk for plaque accumulation and gum disease. Drink enough water to support the production of saliva which helps in keeping the sensitive tissues moist, aids digestion, fights mouth germs and prevents tooth decay.
To whiten your teeth and maintain healthy gums, Ayurveda suggests that you practice oil pulling every day. It is the practice of it involves swishing a kind of edible oil in your mouth for a couple of minutes and then spitting it out. The best time to do it is in the morning before breakfast on an empty stomach. Usually sesame oil or mustard oil is considered good for oil pulling.