Dr. Maria Gorette Nakyonyi
The mouth has always been an integral component of the body that has often been ignored. We all love to smile, talk and more so look beautiful. In all this it’s the mouth that makes the largest contribution.
The mouth is made up of lips, cheeks, tongue, teeth, gums, alveolar bone (supporting bone), salivary glands that produce saliva, muscles and temporomandibular joint (the joint responsible for moving your jaws, opening and closing plus chewing).
Taking good care of your mouth will result in the following;
- A good smile and look
- Good breath
- Better gum and dental health
- Lower risk of heart attack
- Healthier pregnancy.
Tips to help you take good care of your teeth and mouth;
Brush your teeth and tongue regularly a minimum of two times a day in the morning after breakfast and evening after the last meal before going to bed.
Visit your dentist every 6 months for a routine checkup. Don’t wait for pain! Your dentist will also teach you the right way of brushing your teeth.
Reduce intake of sweet things and sticky foods like sweets, biscuits, chocolate, ice-cream, cookies, cake and the like. If eaten, brush your teeth after eating them
Never forget to floss at least once daily.Avoid using toothpicks!
Take plenty of non-acidic fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, cucumber.
Dr Nakyonyi (BDS-Muk) is a Dental Surgeon