PRACTICING GOOD ORAL HYGIENE

PRACTICING GOOD ORAL HYGIENE

Oral health is just as important as your overall health. Taking good care of your teeth means they will also take care of you and give you a beautiful smile. However, failure to do so will lead to you losing your teeth because they are not in good condition. Oral health refers to the health of the teeth, gums, and the entire oral-facial system that allows us to smile, speak, and chew. Some of the most common diseases that impact our oral health include cavities (tooth decay), gum (periodontal) disease, and oral cancer.

Common dental problems:

  • Oral Cancer
  • Mouth Sores
  • Tooth Erosion
  • Toothaches and Dental Emergencies
  • Bleeding gums
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods
  • Tooth decay (rotten teeth)
  • Crooked teeth
  • Bad breath (Halitosis)

The above-mentioned can be caused by poor oral hygiene. Here are some ways to take proper care of your mouth (oral cavity)

  1. Brush your teeth twice daily, in the morning and at night before you go to bed.
  2. Use the correct brushing technique
  3. Clean your tongue properly as well.
  4. Use a toothpaste containing fluoride.
  5. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
  6. Treat flossing as important as brushing, floss every day.
  7. Don’t let flossing difficulties stop you, you might notice some bleeding at first but don’t give up.
  8. Consider mouthwash.
  9. Eat a sugar-free gum if you are going to be quite for a long time, this stimulates the flow of saliva in the mouth which makes it difficult for bacteria to stick on the teeth.
  10. Avoid alcohol and tobacco products.
  11. Replace your toothbrush every three months
  12. Eat healthy foods, avoid sticky sweets and food.
  13. Visit your dental practitioner every six months

The correct brushing technique

  • Use a soft-bristled brush. Brush the outside of your teeth in small circles, starting at the gum line, working the bristles in a circular movement away from the gum towards the tips of the teeth.
  • To brush behind the front teeth, hold the brush vertically and, using small circular movements, brush from the gum line towards the tips of the teeth.
  • For the inside surfaces, place the head of the brush against the teeth and gums and use the same circular motion. Scrub the biting surfaces with short back-and-forth movements.
  • To make sure you do not miss any areas, follow this two minute routine every time you brush.
    • Begin at the back of the lower jaw and work methodically around the outer surfaces.
    • Then do the same with the inner surfaces.
    • Repeat the process for the upper jaw.
    • Then brush the biting surfaces of the upper and lower jaw.

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