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How Do I Practice Good Oral Hygiene At Home?

Posted on 5/8/2023 by Bryan Neu
How Do I Practice Good Oral Hygiene At Home?Practicing good oral hygiene helps keep our teeth and gums healthy. On the other side, having poor oral hygiene can encourage long-term diseases. Studies show a connection between your mouth's health and your overall health. Without practicing better oral hygiene, your teeth could suffer tooth decay and gum problems. These mouth problems are painful and could lead to tooth loss and lower self-confidence. In the long run, one could suffer speech problems, malnutrition, and more challenges at school, work, or personal life.

How Can One Prevent Oral Issues?

Dental problems can be prevented with proper dental care at home or at the dentist's office. Prior to visiting a dentist's office for prophylaxis cleanings and checks, you could follow these simple practices at home to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Brush your Teeth Right

Without brushing or doing it wrongly, you could harm your teeth. The proper technique for brushing teeth is using a soft brush to make gentle circular motions and strokes at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Brush all surfaces, including the inner, outer, and chewing areas. Remember to replace your toothbrush after every three months.

Floss Once Daily

Don't wait until a popcorn husk is caught in between your teeth for you to floss. Instead, you should floss at least once daily to remove the sticky plaque that usually accumulates between your teeth. Going without flossing could lead to gum infections and cavities.

Nonetheless, use the correct flossers and avoid things like toothpicks that can tear the gum tissue, risking bacterial entry into the bloodstream that could cause very serious infections like heart infection or brain infection.

Use Mouthwash

Although it is not a must to use mouthwash as part of your daily oral hygiene, it can help when it comes to ensuring good oral health. Mouthwash kills bacteria that may have accumulated in hard-to-reach areas and neutralizes acids. That is why children, older people, and people with dental injuries need to use mouthwash. Please visit our dentist for details about dental treatments and keeping your oral health in check.
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