Oral hygiene- 11 steps to healthy teeth
Teeth are important and should be taken care of.
One should maintain good oral hygiene on a daily basis if you want a healthy life. This means that you should be getting the correct oral care products, and more importantly, cultivate and follow good daily habits for maintaining oral hygiene.
1. Brush your teeth before going to bed.
You must brush your teeth before going to bed to remove the plaque layer and hence avoid cavities. Even if you have had a really bad day, you need to do a quick brushing session. This is the most critical habit to ensure healthy teeth.
2. Brush properly
The method or technique of how you brush is also very critical — in fact, a poor process of brushing your teeth is probably as bad as not brushing. You should spend sufficient time, moving the toothbrush in gentle, circular motions to remove plaque. Residual plaque can harden, which develops into calculus buildup and gingivitis (gum disease).
3. Keep your tongue clean
Plaque can settle on your tongue also. This can lead to problems like infections of the tongue and bad breath. Hence keeping your tongue clean is also very important.
4. Using toothpaste which contains fluoride
There is more to toothpaste than just the taste or flavor. No matter which version you choose, make sure it contains fluoride.
5. Flossing is also as critical as Brushing.
Brushing does not remove the tiny pieces of food that get stuck in between your teeth. The only way to remove them is by flossing. Hence, one must floss every day to ensure that one can avoid cavities and maintain a healthy oral environment.
6. Use Flossing Aids like Floss Holders, Piks, and WaterJets.
If you find flossing difficult, please use Flossing Aids like Floss Holders, Piks, and WaterJets. This will help you maintain the habit and hence keep your teeth healthy.
7. Use a mouthwash if necessary.
Mouthwash can rinse off residual plaque and keep the mouth healthy. Using a mouthwash also is a very good habit in a bid to improve oral hygiene.
8. Hydrate…. Keep drinking water.
Water is the best drink for a healthy lifestyle. Regularly drinking water not only keeps the body hydrated, it also keeps the teeth clean by frequently flushing off the plaque and particles from the surface of the teeth.
9. Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables
Crunchy fruits and vegetables also help in keeping the teeth healthy by helping the body exercise the jaws.
10. Avoid sugar and acidic diets and drinks
When all is done, residual sugar turns into acid in the oral environment, which erodes the enamel of your teeth. This erosion leads to cavities. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee can also wear down tooth enamel.
11. Visit the Dentist regularly.
Even if you follow all the above points, it is necessary to get a dental checkup once every six months. Also, one need to get teeth cleaned professionally using a scaler which only your dentist can perform. Click here to book a FREE dental checkup at your nearest clinic.
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Dr Reena Waghela is a leading dental surgeon having over twelve years of experience, with a special focus on advanced dental care. She is trained in Implant dentistry, Aesthetics and Full Mouth Rehabilitation. She picked up the finer nuances of Dental Practice Management while assisting leading dental surgeons during her time in the USA.
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Dr Reena is a graduate of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences with a Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery.She is the member of Indian Dental Association. She is an avid reader and pursues yoga as a hobby in her free time. She has been an active member of the Sapling project, an initiative to make the city greener.