Oral Hygiene Education

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As a responsible dentistry office, we believe that the oral hygiene education is the first step to preventive oral care. Brushing your teeth every morning and night doesn't guarantee you are giving your mouth all the attention it needs. That is why we want to share the following dental hygiene tips: 

 

1. Proper Brushing:

One of the easiest steps to do to help your teeth keep clean use correct way of brushing. Start with your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use short back and forth stroke across the sides and tops of your teeth.

Then hold the brush vertically and use several shorter strokes to focus on the backs of your teeth. Then hold the brush vertically and use several shorter strokes to focus on the backs of your teeth of the front anterior teeth where plaque builds up often. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, 2 minutes each time.

 

2. Flossing:

When you reach between teeth with the floss you actually get to the germs that are stuck there. Ideally use a piece of 18 inches in length, use a slow and gentle sawing motion flossing helps you to remove food particles from your teeth. Allow yourself to use a fresh area of floss every few teeth without reinserting bacteria you just removed. Use the dental floss at least once a day.

 

3. Avoid Tobacco: 

Tobacco will probably give you a lot of oral problems just like oral cancer. Smoking is guaranteed to cause bad breath and stained teeth.

 

 

 

 

4. Eat and drink food with calcium:

Eat and drink foods that are calcium sources will strengthen teeth and decreases your odds of dental disease. Some of these calcium rich foods are: Milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, cabbage, salmon and seafood among others.

5. Clean your tongue:

Tongue is main part of the mouth that harbors bacteria and food particles. That is why after you have given your teeth a good brushing, use the bristles of your toothbrush and a small dab of toothpaste and carefully brush the top of the tongue. Start by reaching the back of the tongue and then work forward toward the opening of the mouth. Brush the entire top surface using gentle pressure and finish by rinsing with water. 

6. Avoid Sugar:

Avoid excess sugar in food, it will damage your teeth. Try to only indulge in sugar and sweets occasionally, avoid carbonated soft drinks. Drinking sweetened beverages and acidic fluids increases your risk of developing cavities. 

7. Use mouthwash:

Using a mouthwash is a very important step of the personal oral hygiene. A mouthwash can go where toothbrushes and floss can't in order to get rid of the debris that irritates the gumline and can cause gingivitis.  Mouthwashes can come in many different varieties. Depending on what kind of mouthwash you are using its ingredients can reduce: chronic bad breath, dental caries, dental plaque, tartar. Can fight gingivitis and/or periodontitis. Some are also used to whitening teeth.

8. Avoid constantly snacking:

Eating constant snacking can cause dental problems, especially sugar foods, it turns to higher risk for cavities. Brushing well may clear your teeth of bacteria and food particles, but if you eat a snack afterward, you will need to brush again. Because having a snack before sleep without brushing can allow food and sugar to remain on your teeth for too long generating the ideal environment for bacteria to grow.

 

9. Clean and change your brush:

Is important rinse your brush after each use and allow it to air dry because if you don't it can actually breed new bacteria and introduce it into your mouth. Is also important that when the bristles of your toothbrush get deteriorate with time and usage is better to replace it. It is recommendable getting a new brush every three to four months and avoid sharing it with others.

10. Visit your dentist:

Visit your dentist for regular dental checkups at least twice a year. Learn how to recognize what is normal and what is not. For example, if you have unusual symptoms and signs like a sore that does not heal within two weeks or bleeding, inflamed gums among others, consult your dentist for your dental health and problems.

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