Monsoon gives us the much-awaited respite from the scorching heat of the summer months. However, it is also a time when most people fall ill. Illnesses like flu, diarrhea and water-borne infections are common during monsoon. The drop in temperature also adversely affects our oral and dental health.

In this season it is necessary to follow some things and take care of the health of the teeth. Today we are telling you about some such tips that can help in protecting your teeth in monsoon. About these tips, we are told about My Dental Plan Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. Key Dental expert & Founder and Chairman, DrMohenderNarulais telling.

Avoid excessive consumption of hot beverages during monsoon

Enjoying the rain with a hot cup of tea may sound romantic and relaxing, but it is not so for the teeth. With the drop in temperature, hot drinks like tea and coffee can increase the sensitivity of the teeth. This sensitivity can result from underlying dental problems that have not been addressed.

Tooth sensitivity is caused by stimulation of the dentin tubules in the teeth which causes severe pain when exposed to hot or cold food or sweets. Another cause of sensitivity can be deep filling done in the tooth. Tea and coffee can also stain teeth, making them appear yellow.

One must be careful while consuming hot food and beverages during the rainy months as it will help in maintaining the health of the teeth. Sensitivity can be managed at home by using toothpaste and mouthwash specially made for sensitivity. It is advisable to consult a dentist before buying anything off the shelf. However, if the sensitivity persists, consult a dentist on a priority basis.

Maintain oral health routine

Moisture during monsoon creates a favourable environment for the growth of microorganisms, which leads to stomach upset and skin problems. This also means that toothbrushing causes the growth of germs. Germs can enter the body through nicks and cuts in the mouth and cause infection.

It is advisable to change the toothbrush regularly, especially after illness. Cleaning the tongue can prevent bad breath caused by bacteria growing on the tongue. Regular use of mouthwash and floss is also recommended to maintain good oral hygiene.

Eat nutritious food

Eating a nutritious diet is essential to keep gums and teeth healthy. Gum diseases should be kept away from a diet rich in Vitamin C. Regular diet should include fresh fruits and vegetables available during the monsoon season to get the required nutrition. Fruits like pineapple, orange and cucumber are known to stop bleeding gums. Soups, almonds and other nuts should be part of the regular diet.

Deal with a mouth breathing problem

There is an outbreak of cold and fever during the monsoon. The nose gets blocked due to cold and it makes it difficult to breathe. In such cases, people often resort to mouth breathing. Mouth breathing in children can result in crooked teeth and facial deformities. The mouth can also become extremely dry.

When the mouth is dry, saliva cannot remove microorganisms from the mouth. Mouth breathing in adults causes other symptoms of periodontal disease such as bad breath (halitosis), cavities and gingivitis. Mouth breathing can lower the oxygen level of the blood, which increases the risk of high blood pressure and heart failure.

Visit the dentist regularly

Visit your dentist every 6 months to keep your teeth and gums healthy. The dentist can do a thorough checkup and identify the problem at an early stage and recommend the most appropriate treatment procedures. Delay in the treatment process can lead to disease progression and poor diagnosis.

Maintaining good oral health is a lifetime commitment and is essential as the mouth is the window to a person's overall general health. Poor oral health is associated with several systemic diseases such as diabetes, endocarditis, and various bone and mental problems. Thus practising a good oral routine can prevent many medical complications and ensure a healthy quality of life.

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