On February 9, 2024, we observe National Toothache Day, a day that might seem unusual to celebrate but serves as a poignant reminder of the significance of oral health in our lives. Dental practitioners, organisations, and educators collaborate on this day to highlight the prevalence of toothaches and emphasise the importance of routine dental care.
Tips for Everyday Dental Health
We spoke to our expert Prof. (Dr.) M. Siddharth, Dean, School of Dental Sciences, Sharda University, to share a few tips for everyday dental care to ensure optimal oral health and prevent toothaches. Here are some essential tips to incorporate into your daily routine:
1. Daily Brushing
Make it a habit to brush your teeth at least twice a day, ideally in the morning and before bedtime. Brushing for a minimum of two minutes and covering all surfaces of your teeth thoroughly helps tackle most oral care issues.
2. Choose the Right Toothpaste
Opt for fluoride toothpaste to prevent tooth decay and strengthen enamel. Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to avoid excessive foaming, which may not offer additional benefits.
3. Select the Right Brush
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to prevent gum and enamel damage. Consider using an electric toothbrush, which can effectively remove plaque. Remember to replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every three to four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
4. Maintain a Balanced Diet
Limit your consumption of acidic and sugary foods and beverages, as they can contribute to tooth decay. Include a variety of fruits, vegetables, and dairy products in your diet to obtain essential nutrients.
5. Say No to Tobacco
Smoking and using tobacco products can exacerbate gum disease and tooth decay. Quitting tobacco significantly improves dental health.
6. Schedule Regular Dental Examinations
Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and examinations. Early detection and treatment of any dental issues can prevent them from worsening.
7. Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help wash away acids and bacteria. Adequate water intake also promotes saliva production, which neutralises acids and protects your teeth.
8. Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Chewing sugar-free gum after meals can stimulate saliva production and aid in oral hygiene.
National Toothache Day not only highlights the discomfort of toothaches but also serves as a reminder to cultivate habits that promote overall dental health. Ignoring oral health can lead to various issues, so prioritise it in your daily routine. By following these tips and maintaining regular dental appointments, you can safeguard your oral health and prevent future toothaches. Remember, a healthy smile starts with proper oral care.