Brushing the teeth regularly is a good preventive care, because it helps remove plaque and prevent the formation of tartar. When brushing, remember that it must be performed with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste at least three times a day, and if possible, after every meal and snack. An effective brushing is one that cleans each outer tooth surface, inner tooth surface, and the flat chewing surfaces of the back teeth. More so, brushing the tongue along with the teeth is very important, as it can remove bacteria and fungi that can lead to serious dental problems and bad breath. Finally, keep in mind that the toothbrush also wears out and must be replaced after three months of constant use.
Habitual brushing is no doubt an important part of oral hygiene, but of course, this can’t be enough as there are some areas of the mouth that a regular toothbrush cannot reach. That is the reason why flossing is best recommended, as it can reach between the teeth and clean all areas of the teeth. At the same time, it also helps to strengthen the gums. One good alternative to flossing is called interdental brushes. Several oral health specialists promote interdental brushing because it is gentler on the gums.
An oral irrigator, which uses a jet stream of water to clean the mouth, is another possible tool when it comes in practicing oral hygiene. Though commonly used by those who cannot floss – like people with braces – an oral irrigator can also be a functional tool for anyone, because it can reach deeper under the gumline than either brushing or flossing does. Of course, regular use of mouthwash and dental chewing gums can also help.
And finally, keeping oral hygiene has effects for the entire body. With proper brushing and flossing, no doubt oral hygiene may be maintained. Moreover, possible oral health problems such as bacterial pneumonia, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and complications of diabetes may be avoided.