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There are billions of bacteria living in our mouths at any given time. Many of these bacteria builds up as plaque, triggering tooth decay and gingivitis, which can further lead to periodontal or gum disease. For having a healthy smile, you must make it a habit to practice good oral hygiene every day.
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Good habits of oral hygiene
Brushing after meals, using anti-microbial mouthwash, and flossing at least once everyday prevents the reproduction of these disease causing bacteria in your mouth which often leads to tooth decay. Good oral hygiene results from a consistent practice of brushing, flossing and using mouthwash. These are the most important things the you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth will not only enable you to look and feel good but it will also enable you to eat and speak properly.
Proper way to brush your teeth
Brushing is an important part of your dental care routine. For a healthy mouth and smile:
- Brush your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled brush. The shape and size of your brush should allow you to reach all areas in your mouth easily.
- Replace your toothbrush every two or three months. A worn toothbrush won’t allow you to properly clean your teeth.
- It’s best to make sure to use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
The recommended brushing technique is to:
- Place your toothbrush at a 45o angle to the gums.
- Gently move the brush back and forth in short strokes.
- Brush the outer and inner surfaces, along with the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
- Tilt the brush vertically to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth and make several up and down strokes.
Proper way to floss your teeth
Flossing is one of the most effective methods for removing debris from in between your teeth.
Select and Dispense your floss: Take approximately 18 inches of floss and wind each end around your middle fingers. Grasp 2 inches of the floss with your index finger and your thumb.
Start Flossing: Glide your floss gently in between the teeth in a sawing motion.
Angle your floss correctly: Create a “c” shape and let the floss hug your tooth. Make sure that it reaches to the gumline. Next, angle it to hug your tooth in the opposite direction and repeat the step.
Continue the flossing and rinse it with water or a mouthwash. Make it a habit to floss at least once everyday.
Best way to use mouthwash
Use the right amount of rinse - It’s best to follow what’s mentioned on the label or follow things as directed by the dentist.
Rinse Vigorously - Keep your mouth closed and swish like you mean it.
Spit it out - Do not swallow the mouth rinse. If your child is using some, supervise and make sure that he/she spits it out and not swallow it.
Wait before you start with your pleasures - To make the most from a fluoride mouthwash, avoid drinking, eating, or smoking for at least 20 minutes. This way you won’t wash off the fluoride immediately.