Everyone wants to have a great smile which is why good oral hygiene is important!
Having poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems in the future such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more.
Regular check ups and cleanings can prevent these problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene.
Here is a list of 5 Dental hygiene steps you can take to promote great oral hygiene.
1.Take teeth brushing seriously
Brush your teeth for at least two minutes every morning and evening. Use a soft brush, replacing it with a new one every three months. After lunch, and when you are not able to wash your teeth, rinse them well with water or chew a sugarless gum. If you want to improve your children’s habit of washing their teeth, make small events that they will be looking forward to.
You can get some interesting brushes and pastes of various colors and flavors.
2. Use dental floss
Flossing removes plaque and other debris that brushing alone does not reach. Use dental floss (aka tooth floss) on a daily basis. The best time for this is before going to bed. Take care to clear the area around all teeth, ensuring that you do not hurt your gums. Using dental floss should not be a painful experience. If you don’t know how to properly floss your teeth, don’t worry, here is a quick tutorial:
Take an arm’s length of dental floss and wrap it around your index fingers, leaving about six to eight inches of the floss unwrapped. Gently move the floss around the tooth in all directions and be sure to clear the gumline too. Don’t force the floss too much as it can lead to injuries.
3. Let the dentist be your friend
Schedule regular visits to the dentist at least twice a year to thoroughly clean your teeth or for other interventions that you may need.
As soon as children are three years old, they should visit the dentist regularly. Some interventions might be expensive but remember, a nice healthy smile is priceless.
4. Eat healthy
Balanced diet is also very important for your teeth. You better avoid sweets and sweetened drinks during the day. The plaque, which is basically a bacterial layer, is continuously formed on the teeth. Sweets and condensed juices cause these bacteria to produce acids that attack teeth, which leads to tooth decay. Therefore, after enjoying sweets, immediately brush your teeth.
5. Fluorine – best cavity fighter
Make sure that the toothpaste you are buying contains fluorine. Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including the oceans. Fluoride not only reduces cavities in children and adults, but it also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay, even before the decay is visible. Fluoride is the best cavity fighter to help keep the whole family’s teeth strong.
Why is brushing important?
Daily brushing and cleaning between your teeth is important because it removes plaque. If the plaque isn’t removed, it continues to build up, feeding on the bits of food left behind and causing tooth decay and gum disease.
Which type of toothbrush should I use?
Different types of toothbrushesYour dental team will be able to recommend a toothbrush suitable for you.
However, adults should choose a small- to medium-sized brush head. This should have soft to medium, multi-tufted, round-ended nylon bristles or ‘filaments’. The head should be small enough to reach into all parts of the mouth: especially the back of the mouth where it can be difficult to reach.
Children need to use smaller brushes but with the same type of filaments.
You can now buy more specialised toothbrushes. For instance, people with sensitive teeth can now use softer-bristled brushes. There are also smaller-headed toothbrushes for people with crooked or irregular teeth.
Some people find it difficult to hold a toothbrush, for example because they have Parkinson’s disease or a physical disability. There are now toothbrushes which have large handles and angled heads to make them easier to use.