A good, twice daily, oral hygiene routine is essential to prevent tooth loss due to decay and gum disease. Oral hygiene should include brushing as well as flossing to remove food particles and bacteria that build up as plaque.
A good, twice daily, oral hygiene routine is essential to prevent tooth loss due to decay and gum disease. Oral hygiene should include brushing and flossing to remove food particles and bacteria that build up as plaque. A proper and balanced diet is also very important to your oral hygiene.
Brushing is the first line of defense against cavities and gum disease. You should brush at least twice a day and if possible after meals. After eating sugars and carbohydrates your mouth is susceptible to the acids that are produced by bacteria. These acids can leave your teeth vulnerable to tooth decay. You should brush your teeth with a soft bristle brush, brushing in a back and forth action while holding the brush at a 45 degree angle to your teeth and gums. It is recommended to brush for at least 2 minutes. Longer brushing times are more effective than brushing harder and will do less damage to gums. You can also gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria that can cause bad breath.
It is recommended that you floss at least once per day. Flossing helps remove bacteria, plaque, and food particles from between teeth. A fresh piece of floss is threaded between teeth and gently rubbed up and down including up under the gum line. Curve the floss around the teeth, gently moving the floss to one side and then the other.
You can use anti-bacterial mouthwashes to aid in reducing bacteria to prevent the early stages of gum disease. Mouthwashes with fluoride help to strengthen teeth.
It is advised to have your teeth professionally cleaned by your hygienist at least once a year. Depending upon your periodontal health more frequent visits may be recommended.