Dental health care is one of the most neglected subjects in our country, even though there have been mounting evidence that symptoms of chronic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disorders often show up as dental afflictions.
Further, poor dental care, coupled with high tobacco and alcohol usage is also one of the prevalent causes behind rising cases of oral cancer in our country.
Nonetheless, most oral diseases can be prevented by maintaining proper dental care at home. Few of the ways to practice the same include the following –
- Brush twice a day
When it comes to maintaining oral hygiene, one of the first advice offered by doctors is to brush one’s teeth twice daily. It helps remove germs and other food particles that get lodged in our teeth throughout the day. If these particles are allowed to deposit, over time, they will result in the formation of plaque leading to gingivitis or gum disease.
Besides brushing twice daily, it is also essential to do it correctly so that the plaque is removed effectively. The brush should be moved in a circular motion and back and forth over your teeth.
Aside from brushing, one should also floss daily to prevent cavities and increase blood circulation in gums.
- Use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash
Fluoride is a type of essential mineral that is found in both bones and teeth. It helps in strengthening the outer layer of teeth and prevents cavities. Using fluoride-based toothpaste will reduce the growth of oral bacteria and prevent early signs of decay. In addition to toothpaste, one can also use fluoride-based mouthwash for better dental care.
Additionally, for better oral health, one should try to brush before breakfast with fluoride-based toothpaste to protect his/her teeth and rinse with a fluoride mouthwash after breakfast. This regime should also be followed after consuming high sugar-based food such as chocolate or aerated drinks.
If you are suffering from any oral disease, you can also add fluoride to your drinking water to further prevent tooth decay. However, you must consult your doctor before taking such a step.
You should also remember to change their toothbrush after a few months as bristles start wearing off quickly with daily usage.
- Clean your tongue
Besides teeth, plaque can accumulate on the tongue resulting in bad breath and build-up of disease-causing germs and bacteria. Individuals can use a scraper or the back of their toothbrush to clean their tongue. Rinsing with mouthwash can also help in removing bacteria.
- Limit your sugar intake
Whenever an individual consumes a sweet drink or food, the bacteria present in his/her mouth release acid to break it down into smaller components. However, the acid that is released during sugar consumption destroys the tooth enamel over time, thereby causing cavities and other oral diseases. It is, thus, advisable to try and limit sugary food consumption and rinse one’s mouth properly as soon as possible to reduce the risk of cavities and enhance dental care.
- Reduce the use of tobacco
Constant use of tobacco can cause bad breath and teeth discolouration over time. Furthermore, smoking can impact the way gum tissues function, leaving an individual more susceptible to oral disorders like periodontal disease.
Apart from following these above-mentioned steps steadfastly as part of dental care at home, individuals should also visit their dentist twice a year for a general check-up. Besides checking oral health, dentists also carry out treatments and procedures such as fillings, scaling and cleaning which aid in preventing gum diseases.
However, owing to poor dental infrastructure in public hospitals, individuals have to seek treatment from professionals in the private sector, leading to accelerated expenses.
This is also one of the primary reasons behind poor oral health in India since Indians prefer to spend more on chronic health issues such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disorders, cancer over oral diseases.
In such a situation, payment tools like Bajaj Finserv Digital Health EMI Network Card can be handy as it enables individuals to shoulder the costs of treatment costs with ease. They can pay their medical expenses via the card and convert the bills generated into affordable EMIs, to be repaid over a repayment period of their choice.
Apart from this, other features and benefits of health card include –
- Complimentary offers – Borrowers can avail an array of complimentary offers when they apply for a health card. For instance, the Bajaj Health card offers a complimentary insurance plan of Rs.1 lakh for personal accidents. Furthermore, one can also enjoy discounts and other lucrative deals on treatments and consultation from partner healthcare facilities
- Affordable fees – The joining fees for a health card is nominal, allowing more individuals to apply for this handy financial tool. In the case of Insta Health card, one has to pay a one-time fee of Rs.707, whereas a Non-Insta variant can be availed by paying Rs.589. Once this fee is paid, the health card download will be complete and existing customers can access it through the mobile wallet application.
Besides dental care, one can easily finance the costs of over 800 treatment procedures such as cardiac surgery, Oncology treatments, obstetrics and gynaecology, general surgery etc. with the aid of the health card.