How To Improve Oral Hygiene

A beautiful smile with shiny white teeth and healthy pink gum is desired by many but in order to achieve that, there are certain things that must be done, proper protocols must be followed in order to get there.

First of all, brushing the teeth is essential. Our Dentists, Dental Hygienists and other dental health professionals advise us to brush our teeth at least two to three times daily. The main key is to ensure that the right toothbrush is selected and that the teeth are being brushed properly.

Toothbrushes with soft bristles are recommended, we are not trying to bruise our gums now are we? Most Dentists or Hygienists recommend the diamond head toothbrush with a full head of multilevel bristles for adequate brushing and cleaning of the molars especially the wisdom teeth.

The handle of the toothbrush should be firm but comfortable. The handle of the toothbrush can be modified to suit the needs of others with compromised manual dexterity.

Let’s not forget to replace our toothbrushes every three to four months.

After brushing the teeth with the toothbrush it is recommended that the toothbrush is rinsed very well in order to remove all the toothpaste residue or debris. Shaking the toothbrush helps to remove excess water.

The toothbrush should be stored in an upright position in a cup or toothbrush holder away from other toothbrushes, away from the sink and at least three feet away from the toilet in an environment that allows the bristles to dry completely between uses.

A tongue cleaner should be considered to keep the tongue clean to remove the build up of debris, bacteria, and dead cells on the tongue. Additionally the aim of tongue cleaning is to remove substances like volatile sulfur compounds that cause bad odor.

Fluoride is natural occurring mineral found in plants, water, rocks, air and soil that strengthens teeth and prevents tooth decay by restricting the progression of enamel demineralization and increasing the rate of remineralization thus rebuilding enamel or repairing early stages of tooth decay.

Therefore using toothpastes containing fluoride has its advantages. Also let’s not forget to use a mouthwash containing little or no alcohol helps to minimize the population of harmful bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease.

Flossing at least once a day is necessary to remove food debris and plaque from beneath the gum in areas where the toothbrush or mouthwash has no access. If food debris remains beneath the gum for too long, it becomes food for the bacteria resulting in bacterial growth which contributes to the progression of gum disease also known as gingivitis in early stages or periodontitis in advanced cases.