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Good Oral Hygiene

Taking good care of your mouth, teeth and gums is a worthy goal in and of itself


 

Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease—and can help you keep your teeth as you get older.
Researchers are also discovering new reasons to brush and floss.
A healthy mouth may help you ward off medical disorders.
The flip side? An unhealthy mouth, especially if you have gum disease, may increase your risk of serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes and preterm labour.
The case for good oral hygiene keeps getting stronger. Understand the importance of oral health — and its connection to your overall health.

 

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Brushing

 

Brushing your teeth every morning and night doesn't guarantee you're giving your mouth all the attention it needs.
Even a regular oral hygiene routine could be leaving gaps if you engage in a few not-so-great habits with your time at the sink.
By understanding proper brushing technique and ensuring you have the right tools in your cabinet, you can make sure you have all of your bases covered when pursuing a more thorough clean.
Consider the following dental hygiene tips to help you take your care routine to the next level.

 

Dental Hygiene Tips

 

Use a Proper Brushing Technique

 

A quick wash of your bristles isn't enough to banish leftover food particles and polish your teeth.
Start with your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use short back and forth strokes across the sides and tops of your teeth.
Hold the brush vertically and use several shorter strokes to focus on the backs of your front teeth where plaque and tartar builds up often.

 

Brush Enough

 

Many people brush regularly, but simply don't brush enough for their teeth to stay clean.
We recommend brushing for at least two minutes, twice daily.

 

Pick the Right Brush

 

Always look for a brush whose head and bristles are small enough to reach into the crevices of your molars, where food debris can hide after you eat.
Most adults require a small- or medium-sized toothbrush for this purpose.

 

Floss Properly

 

Like brushing, flossing must be done properly so that, when you reach between teeth, you actually get to the germs that are stuck there.
Ideally, use a piece of floss up to 40 cm allowing you to use a fresh area of floss every few teeth without reinserting bacteria you just removed.
Keep in mind the floss should rub against the teeth in a motion that creates a forward or backward 'C' shape, wrapping the floss around each tooth.

 

Use a Mouthwash

 

A alcohol-free mouthwash can go where toothbrushes and floss can't in order to rid your mouth of the same debris that irritates the gumline and causes gingivitis.
Add this mouthwash to your oral care regimen to get the most thorough clean you can, even when you're on the go.

 

Clean Your Brush

 

You don't need special equipment or covers to keep the brush itself clean.
In fact, covering your toothbrush can actually breed new bacteria and introduce it into your mouth.
Instead, just rinse your brush after each use and allow it to air dry.
You should also avoid sharing brushes with others.

 

Change Your Brush

 

Bristles deteriorate with time and usage, so if you're using the same toothbrush beyond a few months, you may not be getting the best clean anymore.
Rather, make a point of getting a new brush every three to four months. Remember to replace your tooth brush after illness.

Use a Tongue Scraper

 

After brushing, bacteria can still remain on the tongue, so be sure to brush or scrape your tongue as part of your daily routine.
Not only will it banish bacteria, but cleaning your tongue can also help freshen your breath.

 

Stop Snacking

 

Hungry for a midnight snack? Brushing well may clear your teeth of bacteria and food particles, but if you eat a snack afterward, you'll need to brush again before bed.
Having a snack before sleep (without brushing) can allow food particles and sugar to remain on your teeth for too long, providing fuel for bacteria that feeds on it.

 

Oral hygiene should be part of any system of body health. By following these dental hygiene tips, you can choose the best products, improve your technique and ensure you're doing everything in your power to keep your mouth cavity-free.

 

 

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