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20th March marks the World Oral Health Day. The aim of the day is to ignite awareness and take stock of our oral health. After all, healthy teeth, gums and mouth play a crucial role in our resolution to stay healthy. Good oral health helps you avoid embarrassing conditions like bad breath or yellowing teeth.

India experiences disparities in dental care.

95% of the population in India suffers from gum disease and only 2 % of the population visits dentists.

Dentist to population ratio in the rural areas is very low.

• 50% do not use a tooth brush as a result 95% of the population suffers from gum disease

• India has the highest incidence of oral cancer in the world because 57% men and 10.9% women in the age group of 15 – 49 years consume tobacco

• 80 % children under 15 years have dental diseases and 40% suffer from malocclusion.

• India has the highest incidence of oral cancer in the world because 57% men and 10.9% women in the age group of 15 – 49 years consume tobacco

• 80 % children under 15 years have dental diseases and 40% suffer from malocclusion

Here are four, easy to follow oral care tips recommended by Dr. Ashok Dhoble, Hon. Secretary General, Indian Dental Association.

1. Brush your teeth twice a day – Teeth can even decay overnight, while you are asleep, so brush your teeth before going to bed as well as in the morning. Include regular brushing as a part of your every day routine, and your teeth and gums will thank you.

2. Visit your dentist regularly – Does just the thought of going to the dentist make you nauseous? It won’t hurt so much if dentist visits for a routine check-up are a part of your oral care regime. Regular checkups ensure that your dentist can spot any problems early on and provide appropriate treatment.

3. Try to restrict sugary and starchy foods to mealtimes – Frequent consumption of sugar and starch can cause decay and acidic foods & drinks can cause erosion. This can start within 20 minutes of eating or drinking. If you wish to eat these foods, have them as part of a meal when they will do less harm.

4. Chew sugar free gum for 20 minutes after meals and snacks – Chewing sugar free gum has been proven to help reduce the risk of tooth decay. Remember, although chewing sugar-free gum is an enjoyable way to look after your teeth when you are out, you should still brush your teeth twice every day.

More than two decades of research by leading health organisations across the world in the field of oral care has shown that chewing sugar-free gum provides oral health benefits, and emerging science suggests potential wellness benefits of sugar-free gum in appropriate oral care. The Orbit IDA National Oral Health Card, a unique feature of this program, is the first card of its kind and designed to provide many oral health benefits, such as maintaining records of an individual’s dental visits, treatment undertaken and other benefits

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