Must Know Dental Hygiene

Must Know Dental Hygiene

Here are some tips that help you to maintain oral or dental hygiene.
1. Regular and proper brushing
Brushing twice a day is one of the easiest ways to keep your teeth clean. While
brushing, hold the brush in a way that the bristles are at an angle of 45 degrees
near the gum line. At first, brush the outer surface of the teeth gently. Use back-
and-forth, up-and-down motion to clean the teeth. Lastly, brush the surfaces of
the tongue and the roof of your mouth. Cleaning the surface of the tongue with
the professional tongue cleaner helps to remove the bacteria particularly that
stay on the top surface of the tongue. Improper cleaning can cause bad breath
and may affect your dental health.
It is better to use a brush with a small head so that it can reach the back teeth
too. Replace the toothbrush at least once in two months.
Before brushing in the morning, you can gargle with vinegar. This helps to kill
bacteria, remove stains, and whiten the teeth.
2. Do flossing
Flossing helps you to remove the food particles and harmful substances which
cannot be removed by brushing. It allows you to reach, deep between your teeth
where the toothbrush bristles cannot reach or even the mouthwash cannot wash
away. Keep the floss between your thumbs and forefingers and move it slowly
between the teeth, against the teeth, and between the gum and teeth.  It is good
to do flossing at least once a day.
3. Use mouthwash after brushing and flossing

Not all mouthwashes are suitable for rinsing your mouth. Antimicrobial
mouthwashes reduce plaque formation, mouthwashes containing chlorine
dioxide prevent bacterial growth, and fluoride mouth rinses prevent tooth decay.
But fluoride mouth rinses are not recommended for children under six years.
Mouthwashes help to maintain good breath as well as strong teeth. It is
recommended to use mouthwash after brushing and flossing.
4. Avoid tobacco
Avoiding tobacco can prevent oral cancer and other periodontal complications.
Not only oral health but quitting tobacco also contributes to preserving your
overall well-being. You should also know that eating a candy or drinking coffee or
tea after smoking doubles the damage.
5. Limit sodas, coffee, and alcohol
Beverages containing phosphorous reduces calcium levels in the body leading to
gum disease and tooth decay. Beverages containing additives such as corn syrup
and food dye discolor the teeth.
6. Consume healthy foods
Healthy gums require calcium and vitamin D supplementation. It is better to drink
milk, fortified orange juice and eat yogurt, broccoli, cheese, and other dairy
products as they contain calcium. Vitamin B complex is essential for protecting
the gums and teeth from cracking and bleeding. Copper, zinc, iodine, iron, and
potassium are also required for maintaining healthy dental hygiene. You can also
eat firm and crisp foods such as apple and carrots as they can clean teeth to some
extent while you are eating.
7. Use fluoridated toothpaste
The fluoride present in the toothpaste helps to harden the tooth enamel and
reduces your risk to decay.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is the essential key for healthy teeth and gums. It
is also necessary to visit your dentist at least twice in a year. It helps to detect any
unnoticed dental problems and provides early diagnosis.
8. Be prepared for a dental emergency
From toothaches to chipped teeth, it’s important to know what to do in the event
of a dental emergency:
 Toothache: Try and find the source of pain, look for any swelling, redness, or
discolorations. Rinse with a warm salt water solution. Check and see if food is
lodged between teeth causing pain and remove it with floss.
 Chipped Tooth: Try and save any tooth fragments and rinse with warm water.
If there is any swelling, apply a cold compress to relieve pain.
 Knocked Out Tooth: If a permanent tooth is knocked out, timing is crucial.
Hold the tooth by the crown (not the roots) and try to place back in its socket
if possible. If unable to reinsert, put the tooth in a container of milk or water
and contact us immediately.
It’s also wise to keep an emergency dental kit on hand, including gauze, wax (for
braces), pain relievers, floss, and our contact information!
9. Keep some sugarless gum

Chewing sugar-free gum not only helps to relieve air pressure while flying but can
be a huge help in cavity prevention. Chewing gum increases saliva production
which in turn works to wash away any cavity-causing bacteria. Pro tip: look for the
ADA seal on packs of gum for a truly tooth-friendly product.
10. Don’t skip your routine.

It’s easy to fall out of your brushing and flossing routine when you’re not in your
own home. Don’t beat yourself up! Just make sure you get back on track —
brushing for two minutes twice daily and regular flossing — once vacation is over.