“Oral hygiene” is the keeping mouth and teeth clean up practice to prevent teeth from other dental problems like dental cavities, plaque, gum diseases (periodontal) and most common bad breath. Bacteria can lives in our mouth in the form of plaque which caused cavities and gingivitis. Practice everyday good oral hygiene always gives better results in a mouth that not only looks but smell healthy. It means;
- Bad breath isn’t a persistent problem at all.
- No gum diseases. Gums don’t bleed and hurt when brush or floss and it remains pink.
- Teeth are white, clean and almost free of debris.
If your gums do bleed or hurt during flossing and brushing, or you are experiencing constant bad breath problem, consult to your dentist or hygienist. They can help you to learn about good oral hygiene techniques, brush up techniques and can point out the areas for your extra care and attention while brushing and even flossing.
What is plaque?
Plaque is basically accumulation of sticky layer which contains bacteria on and between teeth. Sometimes tooth-brush can’t reach the area of plaque. So it becomes more strong and strong. A lot of food items which we eat in our daily routine produces acid in our mouth which is the best source of making plaque.
- Sugary food items like soft drinks, candies, toffee, cookies, cakes, pies, jams, preserves, spreads and instant gravies are obvious source of plaque but we might not realize that these products harm our teeth.
- Starches such as cereals, bread, crackers and bakery products also produce acid and cause plaque.
Plaque makes gums irritable, susceptible bleeding, over sensitive to hot or cold and making them red. This situation lead to gum diseases in which gums pull away from teeth and also form pockets which readily filled with pus and bacteria. It gum diseases are not treated in time, the bone around the teeth become weak and destroyed and teeth may become loose or removed.
How can I get rid of plaque?
The easy way to treat and remove plaque is by cleaning and brushing between the teeth twice everyday. Because brushing remove the plaque from the tooth surface. Always choose the right brush according to your teeth. The size and shape of the tooth-brush matters because it allows to reach at all areas in mouth and fit for brushing. Most recommended by many dentist are to use soft kriss crossed bristled brush twice everyday. So use anti bacterial toothpaste and mouth wash containing fluoride which are helpful in prevention of tooth decay and protect teeth from gum diseases.
How is good oral hygiene practiced?
To make your gum and teeth healthy and protect from diseases and decay it is important to maintain good oral hygiene. Healthy and well brushed teeth not only give you confidence and also enable you to look and feel good, it also make it possible to speak and eat properly. Good oral health plays a vital role in our over all well-being isn’t it?
Treating condition before they develop is wise decision. So always apply daily preventive teeth care, including proper flossing and brushing, it will help to stop problems before they become worsen. Regular visits to dentists are also helpful in prevention of teeth decay and gum diseases. There are some valuable tips to decrease the risk of developing dental issues include;
- Throughly brushing twice a day and daily flossing.
- Always eating well-balanced diet and avoid snacks between meals.
- Use fluoride in your daily life in form of dental products such as mouthwash and tooth paste.
- Use also fluoride mouth rinse. if suggested by dentist.
- Place your toothbrush at angle of 45 degree against your gum line.
- Move back and forth your brush gently in short strokes.
- Brush outer, inner and chewing surfaces of teeth.
- Clean and brush up your tongue to remove bacteria nd also for freshen your breath.
Proper flossing techniques
- Take at least 18 inch floss and approx two-inch more for holding and tight it around middle finger.
- When floss reaches to gum line curve it gently in to C shape against single tooth. And slide gently up and down between the space of gum and tooth.
- Make sure to clean the area beneath the gumline also repeat this method on the rest of the teeth for better results.
Is there anything else I can use to clean the mouth?
Yes, instead of tooth paste, a mouth rinse can increase the over all oral heath conditions and also helps to prevent tooth decay. In addition with proper flossing and brushing mouth rinse is also effective to maintain good oral hygiene. Antimicrobial mouth rinse helps in to reduce bacteria which causes plaque activity and gingivitis. Consult to your dentist first before using any new dental product. Because mouth rinse is not effective in many cases and not everyone should apply fluoride moth rinse. For example it is not suitable for children 6 or below the age because they swallow them.
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