As the old saying goes, oral health is a true reflection of your general health. Poor oral hygiene has a lot of implications and can lead to malodor from the mouth, bleeding from gums, decaying of teeth etcetera. To avoid all this, the maintenance of proper hygiene is absolutely imperative. You should not wait for some concern to crop up and to visit a dentist to relieve you of it. Instead, you can follow some simple tips about maintenance of oral hygiene, which will keep your mouth healthy and clean for an extended period of time. Few of the tips have been mentioned below, and you should make an effort to follow them.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste
Not only is brushing important, but you should also do it twice daily to maintain your hygiene. Basically, the purpose of brushing is to remove any residual food particles from the surface of the tooth, which can act as a nidus for harmful bacteria to gain nutrition from and destroy the organic and inorganic portion of the tooth. This leads to the formation of cavitation and further loss of the structure. When you brush twice daily, you prevent this from happening. Ideally, you should brush once in the morning before food and once at night after food. You should use a fluoridated toothpaste for best results.
Clean between your teeth daily with dental floss or interdental cleaners
The areas between your teeth tend to have gaps between them where food might get stuck, and decay generally starts from here. They are difficult to clean as well as the bristles of a toothbrush cannot reach them, and they are not self-cleansable. Use of dental floss and interdental cleaner is recommended for this purpose. Using the proper technique of cleaning is also essential.
Rinse daily with a fluoride-containing mouthwash
Fluoride has the ability to get integrated into the structure of the tooth and prevent it from getting decayed. Therefore, most components related to oral health has fluoride in it. Mouthwash is one of them and rinsing the mouth with it is necessary to maintain oral hygiene.
Use teeth whitening kit
The teeth whitening kit consists of readymade bleaching components like hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide, which can be applied on the tooth and can lead to the removal of surface stains and debris which leads to the return of the white color of the teeth. It looks cleaner and more aesthetic as well and is an ideal method for teeth whitening at home.
Avoid carbohydrates such as candy, pretzels, and chips
These food substances are instrumental for the initiation and propagation of decay and thus, are labeled as highly cariogenic in nature. They also tend to stick to the surface of the tooth, which leads to the accumulation of bacteria in that area and ultimate decentralization. Thus, avoid food of this type to keep your tooth safe and sound for longer.
Drink fluoridated water
As mentioned before, fluoride is an essential inclusion for the maintenance of oral health as it protects the tooth from decay, and fluoridated water is a good source of it. Drink a lot of fluoridated water, which not only will act as a washer for your mouth but also supplement your fluoride requirements.
Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco
Tobacco, either in smoke or smokeless form has a lot of implications related to oral hygiene. Not only is it a predisposing factor for cancer, but it can also lead to the issues associated with hygiene as the pungent tobacco smell comes along with it, causing the blackening of the teeth. It is essential that you avoid tobacco in all forms.
Visit your dentist regularly
Last but not the least, you should ensure that you visit a dentist once every 6 months for a dental checkup even though you don’t have any issues as early detection of any problem generally leads to a better prognosis of any dental related diseases.
These are crucial for maintaining your oral hygiene. Ensure that you are following them to avoid any oral health issues.
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