Most people understand that proper oral hygiene results in a mouth that smells, looks, and is healthy. For one to have stable oral health it means that:
– Teeth are clean and free of debris
– Gums need to be attached firmly against teeth and shouldn’t hurt or bleed during brushing or flossing.
– One should not have a problem with bad breath constantly.
If gums bleed or hurt during brushing or flossing, or if bad breath is a persistent problem it may be indicative of a problem.
Maintaining proper oral hygiene is probably one of the best things anyone can do for gums and teeth. Healthy teeth help one feel and look good and make it possible to speak and eat properly.
Daily preventative care ensures that problems are stopped before they develop. A simple everyday routine ensures that any treatment is inexpensive, less expensive, and less worrisome than treating conditions that have progressed.
Between visits to the dentist, there are some simple oral hygiene instructions that help to reduce the chances of developing gum disease, tooth decay, and various other dental problems. They include:
– Brushing teeth thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily
– Eating a balanced diet
– Rinsing teeth using fluoride mouthwash
Oral Hygiene for Brushing
– Brush teeth for not less than 2 minutes twice daily to prevent plaque buildup.
– Use a brush with soft bristles and hold it at a 45-degree angle against the gum line. Use short strokes to brush gently from where the gum and tooth meet to the chewing surface.
– Use short sweeping strokes to brush the chewing surface of teeth and tip bristles to ensure that the pits of the back teeth are reached.
– By holding the brush nearly vertically, clean the inner surfaces of the bottom and top front teeth and gums. Bring the front of the brush over the gums and teeth using a back and forward motion.
– To get rid of odor-causing bacteria and to freshen breath, brush the tongue.
Oral hygiene Instructions for Flossing
Flossing is important since it gets rid of plaque between teeth and under the gum line. The best time to floss is at night before bed since it removes any food particles accumulated from the daily meals.
– Take approximately 40cm of floss then loosely wind t around the index fingers. Insert the floss gently between 2 adjacent teeth and bring it to the gum line using a back and forwards motion but never force it. Curve the floss around the tooth’s edge then slide it up and down the side of each tooth.
– Continue with the process for every tooth in the mouth using a clean length of floss approximately 5cm. Don’t forget to floss the sides and back of the back teeth.
– Children’s teeth also requires flossing. Help young children to floss until they reach the age of 8 years.
Good oral hygiene is important for one to have a fresh breath and strong teeth. Follow the instructions provided in this article to have strong teeth and a fresh breath.