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Ideal Oral Health Practices

Posted on 12/1/2023 by Weo Admin
mature white couple smiling and brushing their teeth in the bathroom mirrorDental practitioners insist on the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and brushing and flossing your teeth. This is essential for the teeth and gums. In addition, you should visit your dentist for regular dental exams and cleanings. This will give you the best chance for a beautiful smile and a long-lasting option for oral health.

Why Is Oral Hygiene Crucial?

Oral hygiene keeps your mouth clean and is preventive care. There should be minimal oral health problems when maintaining perfect hygiene. Oral problems include gum disease, cavities, and bad breath. Oral care is also linked with general overall health. That means that if your mouth has an infection, chances are that the bloodstream will carry the bacteria to other parts of the body, which can lead to other health issues like stroke and heart disease. For long-lasting health, practice good oral hygiene.

How To Improve Your Oral Hygiene

Some general practices keep your smile healthy. Brush your teeth at least twice daily using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Soft-bristled is better because hard or medium bristles can damage soft tissues like the gums or the tooth enamel. When brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward your gums to help sweep out the bacteria at the gumline. Brush all surfaces, including the fronts, sides, and back.

Floss at least once daily because brushing does not reach all the spaces between your teeth. The recommended type of floss is 18 inches long so that you can wrap each end around your middle fingers as you clean the spaces.

Brush your tongue whenever you are brushing your teeth. The tongue holds most of the bacteria like a sponge. Failure to scrape the tongue will encourage bacteria to use the tongue as a habitat. Antibacterial mouthwash every day can also wash away bacteria and food debris and reduce plaque buildup.

Lastly, visit your dentist regularly. Routine examinations and cleanings are essential for good oral health. Six-month visits work for most people. However, if you are prone to cavities or other oral health issues, book appointments with us more frequently.
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