So what are some tips for proper oral hygiene?
Having a proper oral hygiene routine helps you keep your mouth looking great and smelling fresh. When you learn how to properly care for your mouth and your teeth are free from food particles, the gums have a pink color and don’t usually bleed during brushing or flossing. However, if the gums hurt or bleed during these activities, or you feel that you’re suffering from persistent bad breath, visit your dentist. The first step will be to develop the proper techniques to help you gain and maintain a beautiful smile. The proper cleaning techniques will also consist of helping you detect areas that require special attention during brushing and flossing.
What are the benefits of good oral hygiene?
One of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums is to develop a healthy diet that consists of the right foods and lots of water.
Healthy teeth not only help you look and feel great but also allow you to speak and eat properly.
Good oral health is important for your general well-being. Daily preventive care, such as brushing, flossing, and mouthwash helps prevent further problems and is less painful and less expensive than treatments for an infection that has been allowed to progress.
What can you do at home?
In the intervals between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple guidelines that each of us can follow to avoid the development of tooth decay, gum disease, and a great deal of dental issues:
- Brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day.
- Eat a balanced diet and reduce snacks between meals.
- Use fluoride dental products, including toothpaste.
- Ask your dentists for tips specific to your needs.
How to use the brush correctly:
- Tilt the brush at a 45 ° angle against the edge of the gum and slide the brush away from that same edge and forward.
- Carefully brush the exterior and interior and the chewing surface of each tooth, focusing on getting as much surface area as possible.
- As an extra step, you can brush your tongue to get rid of bacteria and freshen your breath.
How to floss properly:
- Use about 45 cm (18 “) of dental floss, leaving 3 or 5 cm (1 or 2”) to work.
- Be sure to clean under the gum, however, make sure to avoid hitting the thread against it.