What is good oral hygiene?
Good oral hygiene is essentially having a mouth that looks and smells fresh. Your oral hygiene can be observed by three major points:
- Gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when they are brushed and flossed
- Teeth look clean and no debris can be observed
- Bad breath is not present
If you are experiencing a problem with any of these above points then it is recommended that you go visit your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will be able to guide you to areas of your mouth that require extra attention as well as teach you better oral hygiene techniques.
How to brush your teeth
How do I maintain good oral hygiene?
It is recommended that you visit your dentist twice a year, every six months, to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy and to ensure that you are looking after your oral hygiene. During these visits it is also important for your dentist to screen for gum diseases and any other dental problems that commonly occur in people.
In between these visits to the dentist there are a few things that you can do in order to maintain your dental hygiene.
- Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day
- Floss thoroughly once a day
- Eat a balanced diet and limit snacking between meals
- Use dental products that contain fluoride such as tooth paste and mouth wash
Having good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you could do for yourself. Looking after your teeth and gums not only ensure that you look and feel good but also ensure that you are able to continue to eat and speak properly.
Daily care for your mouth is essential as a preventative measure to ensure that you do not have to experience problems later on in life. This way you will be able to avoid painful and expensive dental problems from occurring later on in your life.
What is the proper tooth brushing technique?
Proper brushing technique takes only 2 minutes. Remember to pay special attention to your gumline, hard to reach areas, as well as areas around fillings, crowns and other restoration areas.
You should concentrate on cleaning each section as follows:
- Outer surface of your upper teeth, then lower teeth
- Inner surface of your upper teeth, then lower teeth
- Chewing surface of your upper teeth, then lower teeth
- For clean breath also ensure you clean your tongue
Dental professionals agree that a small headed, soft-bristled brush is the best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth as they are best to reach the difficult back areas of your mouth. Your toothbrush should be replaced every three months or whenever it starts to show signs of wearing down. It is also important to replace your toothbrush after you have had a cold as the bristles can collect the germs which may lead to reinfection.
What is the proper flossing technique?
A proper flossing technique is very important because it removes debris that a toothbrush is unable to reach. As plaque buildup can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is necessary.
- Take about 18 inches of floss from the packet, using only one or two inches at a time.
- Follow the curves of your teeth with the floss, inserting it between two teeth.
- Make sure that you also clean beneath the gum line but never press too hard.