Ways To Overcome And Protect Yourselves Against Oral And Dental Problems Following An Obesity Surgery
MAKE SURE THAT YOU MAINTAIN YOUR MOUTH THOROUGHLY
The biggest cause of teeth and gum problems is, of course, bad oral maintenance. This is why you should learn the correct and effective ways of brushing your teeth and flossing from your doctor. Remember that mouthwashes help properly maintain your mouth, as well. Therefore, if you have mouth and gum problems, learn what type of maintenance products you should use from your doctor, during your regular dentist visits.
WATCH FOR A DRY MOUTH
Many problems of gums and teeth root from a dry mouth. Especially during the first few months following surgery, having to take small sips from, instead of chugging, your beverages and having to keep liquids separate from solids for a lifetime may be limiting, and this may cause a dry mouth. Therefore, you need to have a liquid intake of 2-3 liters daily. While sipping, you could pass the water from between your teeth and rinse, like mouthwash. Water helps clean our teeth, in addition to hydrating the inner lining of our mouths.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HERBAL TEAS
Green tea and sage, both with antibacterial effects, are tooth-friendly teas. In addition, green tea speeds up your metabolism. Sage is an antioxidant that has been used for decades against gum diseases. You may start to consume such teas on the 31st day following your surgery, hot or cold.
VISIT A DENTIST BEFORE SURGERY TO HAVE YOUR ORAL AND DENTAL HEALTH CHECKED
Obesity surgery includes a period of time when your lifestyle has to change and your medication usage is limited. You may get rid of embedded wisdom teeth or decays that might cause extra pain during the period of getting used to your new stomach, by visiting a dentist before the operation. You may have your gums cleaned from tartar, to eliminate your gum problems. Just like before pregnancy, you may have yourself maintained before your surgery.
WATCH FOR NAUSEA
Surely, you will have episodes of nausea from time to time. When the STOMACH ACID comes to contact with your teeth, your teeth might be abraded. If you have too frequent episodes of nausea, you should brush your teeth after the episode without using toothpaste. If you can, rinse with carbonated water to neutralize the acid.
If brushing your teeth causes nausea, use toothpastes for children. Toothpastes that include menthol worsen the nausea. Your toothbrush may even cause nausea when it extends to the teeth at the very back, this is why you should prefer brushes with smaller tips.
USE FLOURINE TOOTHPASTE
There are various toothpaste types, but be sure to prefer anti-decay fluorine toothpaste.
BAD BREATH AFTER OBESITY SURGERY IS NOT YOUR FATE
Having a bad breath is extremely uncomfortable. Reviewing the causes of bad breath shows that it should not be a fate following obesity surgery.
- Inadequate mouth maintenance,
- Mouth dryness,
- Decayed teeth,
- Badly-installed prosthetics,
- Systemic diseases (diabetes etc.),
- Tartar, gum inflammation
are the general causes of bad breath.
If you have bad breath, visit your dentist and eliminate the causes of bad breath. You may also use mouthwash that includes zinc, or artificial saliva gels that rule out mouth dryness.
AN ADEQUATE FOOD INTAKE AND VITAMIN USAGE
An adequate intake of food and vitamins is important for your oral and dental health, just as it is important for your overall health. Therefore, a diet that largely consists of proteins and especially includes milk, dairies and fish plays an indispensable role. When unable to have an adequate food intake, you should pay attention to your intake of proteins and vitamins.
CA AND POTASSIUM are two minerals that enforce the structure of your saliva. This is why you should check if your intake of CA and Potassium is adequate. Prefer to snack on peanuts. Peanuts are exactly tooth-friendly.
A PIECE OF CHEESE SAVES YOUR TEETH
With its casein content, cheese has a negative effect on microorganisms. Ending a meal with a piece of cheese is extremely beneficial.
CHEWING TOOTH-FRIENDLY GUMS
XYLITOL gums (non-sweetened) are just the maintenance product to combat the microorganisms that cause tooth decay. When your toothbrush is not near, you may help improve your oral and dental health by chewing tooth-friendly gums.
DO NOT MAKE EXCUSES
Your existing burdens might get heavier during this period. When everything is not right in your life, you may blame being unable to eat to be your cause of your newly-developed depression, or believe that all of your teeth decayed after the operation, giving you bad breath. Yet, the problem will not go away if you do not eliminate the real cause behind it; in this aspect, visiting a dentist before surgery to get rid of the existing problems in your mouth, and regularly after the surgery to maintain your dental health will be highly beneficial. You are the cause if your existing dental problems increase after the surgery, as they were there before the surgery. Do not make excuses.
MAYBES AFTER SURGERY
With the advancing technology, you now have a chance to offer yourself a new smile with the bleaching, smile-design or laminate techniques to go with your new image. An obesity surgery is your chance to continue a healthy life. It is not a procedure that ruins your teeth, but an improvement that compliments your new image. Therefore, remember to choose healthier bites that support your health, instead of the unhealthy options of chocolate, soda or sugary beverages that make you heavier and have negative effects on your dental health.
This is your chance, make the most out of it.
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