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How to Get the Best Oral Hygiene and Stay Healthy

Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping your mouth clean and disease-free. Oral care is an important aspect of personal hygiene, from an early age we are taught to brush in the morning when we wake up and before we go to bed at night. As we grow up, these habits form the foundation for better oral care as we age. Brushing twice each day is still a fundamental part of the best oral care routine - but it’s not the only thing you can do for your oral health and teeth. 

Our oral hygiene routine has a significant impact on the condition of your teeth, as achieving healthy teeth takes a lifetime of care. Whenever you have concerns regarding your oral hygiene process or the health of your teeth, you should contact our experts at Hendersonville Family Dental. 

Daily Habits for Perfect Oral Care

Below are a lists of habits that can give you the nice teeth you dream of; 

Brush Regularly: Since growing up, we are aware that brushing their teeth twice a day is one of the most important practices for removing plaque and bacteria and keeping teeth clean. However, brushing may be effective if you brush using the right techniques.

Brushing the wrong way is as good as not brushing at all. Proper technique for brushing can just take about 2-3 minutes. Take your time, moving the toothbrush in gentle, circular motions to remove plaque. Unremoved plaque can harden, leading to calculus buildup and gingivitis (early gum disease).

Plaque accumulation and poor oral health can cause many larger conditions, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Endocarditis, a condition of the heart caused by excess plaque buildup
  • Cardiovascular disease, caused by oral bacterial inflammation
  • Pneumonia, caused by oral bacteria inhaled into the lungs.

As you can see, brushing not only keeps the teeth clean but also prevents the body from certain Diseases.

Brush Before You go to Bed at Night: Brushing or thorough rinsing of mouth with therapeutic mouthwash before you go to bed, gets rid of the germs and plaque that accumulated throughout the day. Therapeutic mouth rinses contain special ingredients that strengthen teeth and help treat certain oral health conditions.

Floss Regularly: The reason for flossing is to clear the areas brushing could not reach. When you brush, many parts of your teeth, like the cracks and crevices in between, are out of reach for the bristles to scrub clean. That’s where flossing comes in. 

By reaching in between your teeth, flossing is stripping away the bacteria that could continue eating away at your enamel or that could irritate your gums. By linking your flossing habits to your twice-a-day brushing routine, you have a much lower chance of enamel loss or tooth irritation and decay.

Choose the Right Materials: Using the right materials for brushing is as important as brushing itself. The proper brush, toothpaste, mouthwash etc, contributes to the results of brushing. 

  1. Toothbrush: Dentist recommend soft-bristle brushes, as they can prevent to damage your gum tissue and enamel and are more effective at removing plaque around the gum line and between teeth. Studies show that electric toothbrushes generally achieve better results in terms of plaque removal, so you might want to consider it if you’re not a skilful brusher.
  2. Toothpaste: Make sure you are using a flourinated toothpaste as it helps protect the teeth. It’ll help slow the breakdown of enamel (caused by bacteria) and speed up the remineralization process
  3. Interdental Picks or Materials: In order to remove as much plaque as possible, you’ll need to combine toothbrushing and interdental cleaning. Floss is your best ally if you have tight teeth, but studies demonstrate that interdental brushes or picks are more efficient in removing plaque and they also massage and stimulate your gums.
  4. Good Mouthwashes: Choose an anti-plaque mouthwash, to reduce bad bacteria from your mouth.

Take proper Nutrition: Nutrition has a noticeable impact on the health of your teeth. Sugary foods and beverages can significantly damage the teeth, as bacteria uses sugar to create the acids that cause harm to the teeth.

Reducing your sugar consumption can prevent these acid attacks from impacting your teeth. Chewing crunchy fruits and vegetables in between meals can help to stimulate saliva production. Saliva production can help to wash food particles from your teeth, which can ensure that they remain in better condition.

Drink Much Water: Water help wash out some of the negative effects of sticky and acidic foods and beverages in between brushes. Many locations add fluoride to their water supply, which can help to strengthen and protect your teeth.

Always See Your Dentist: It is important to see your dentist for cleanings and checkups twice a year even for the most dutiful brushers and flossers. Dental cleanings are the only way to remove certain substances, such as tartar, from the surface of your teeth. When you get regular dental cleanings, you can regularly remove these substances from your teeth and keep them in better condition. 

Additionally, regular dental visits will allow your dentist to find potential issues in the early stages 

Stop Smoking: Smoking or chewing tobacco can significantly harm your teeth. It can allow bacteria to grow, dry out the mouth, stain the teeth, and increase the likelihood of infection. If you quit smoking, you can improve the health of your teeth and prevent these issues from occurring.

Limit Alcoholism: Alcohol consumption can also be detrimental to the health of your teeth for some of the same reasons, like the dehydrating factor. By reducing the consumption of alcohol, you can similarly help to protect your teeth. rinsing the mouth after drinking can also be helpful. 

Benefits Of Good Oral Care

Some of the benefits people enjoy when they practice good oral hygiene includes;

  1. Promote self-esteem and comfort
  2. Improve appetite and enjoyment of food and drink, as poor oral hygiene can affect taste;
  3. Improve social acceptability and social interaction by preventing halitosis.

Signs of Bad Oral Care

The following occurs as a result of bad oral care;

  1. Bleeding gums.
  2. Tooth decay.
  3. Chronic bad breath.
  4. Loose teeth.
  5. Gum recession.
  6. Mouth sores that don’t go away.
  7. Toothache.
  8. Swelling of the jaw.
  9. Gingivostomatitis, an infection of the mouth caused by certain bacteria or viruses.

Conclusion

Brushing, flossing and routine dental visits help keep your teeth and gums in perfect health condition.

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