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The Importance of Maintaining Optimum Dental Hygiene

Posted by Dr. Bishay on Mar 30 2021, 07:22 AM

Dental hygiene is the routine of keeping our mouths clean and free of oral problems. It can be achieved by proper brushing and flossing of the teeth. The most common types of oral issues that pop up due to poor oral health are tooth decay, teeth discoloration, periodontitis, and gingivitis. To avoid these, it is best to practice a good oral routine.   

How important is oral hygiene?

Our bodies have a complex system, and one area of the body can have an impact on various other parts of the body. Poor oral health can lead to several health issues such as heart disease and diabetes. Practicing good dental hygiene can go a long way in preventing such health problems. Visit your dentist regularly, brush your teeth, floss well, and keep a watch on what you eat to prevent dental diseases.

The importance of brushing and flossing

Brushing your teeth is very important when it comes to dental hygiene. It would be best if you brushed your teeth twice a day using a good quality, soft-bristled toothbrush. While choosing your toothbrush, keep a check on its size and shape because it is important to see whether it fits your mouth properly or not, allowing you to clean all the remote corners easily. Always remember to replace it once every three months. Brushing using a worn-out toothbrush will not get rid of the majority of the microbes from the mouth. So, remember to replace it if the bristles appear frayed.

It is better to choose fluoride-rich toothpaste. Always hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and gently move it back and forth along with small circular motions. Brush all the surfaces of your teeth, and while cleaning the inner surfaces of your teeth, tilt your brush vertically and go for vertical strokes.

Flossing is as important as brushing your teeth, as cleaning between them is essential in removing the plaque. The build-up of plaque on your teeth and gum line can lead to tooth decay and gum diseases. Interdental cleaning can help you in removing debris from between teeth that are responsible for plaque build-up. Scrub between teeth at least once a day using a piece of floss to maintain optimum dental hygiene. 

Nutrition for good dental hygiene

Proper nutrition is essential not only for your physical health but also for maintaining a healthy mouth. Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages such as energy drinks and soda, sticky candies, and late-night binging on junk food. Try to have sugar-free recipes, fresh fruits and veggies, and foods that are rich in proteins such as fish, beans, lean meat, eggs, whole- grains, and legumes.

Professional teeth cleaning

Professional oral cleaning is a significant part of dental hygiene and is required regularly to maintain healthy teeth and gums. It is done by a professional dentist who carries out cleaning by means of two procedures, namely, scaling and root planing. Scaling is carried out to remove the plaque and tartar deposits from the surface of the tooth crowns, whereas root planing is done to remove the tartar from the root surfaces. They significantly improve oral health and prevent the onset of gum diseases.


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