Maintaining good oral hygiene is important not only so that you can avoid cavities in your mouth, but also for your general health and well being.
By keeping your mouth clean, painful dental treatment may be prevented. If your mouth is not healthy, you may not be able to chew, and therefore will not be able to digest your food. This in turn may cause digestion problems.
If your teeth don’t look good, you may feel embarrassed to smile or even talk.
With the right tools, you can keep your mouth healthy and happy!!
Brush twice daily:
Get into a routine of brushing and flossing. Brush your teeth twice a day, in the morning and at night, and floss once a day.
Use a toothbrush with soft, rounded-end bristles and a head that is small enough to reach all parts of your teeth and mouth. Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
You may also use an electric toothbrush that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. Studies show that powered toothbrushes are more effective than non-electric toothbrushes.
Use a fluoride toothpaste. Some fluoride toothpastes also offer tartar control, which may help slow the formation of hard mineral buildup (tartar) on the teeth.
Place the brush at a 45-degree angle where the teeth meet the gums. Press firmly, and gently rock the brush back and forth using small circular movements. Do not scrub. Vigorous brushing can make the gums pull away from the teeth and can scratch your tooth enamel.
Brush all surfaces of the teeth, tongue-side and cheek-side. Pay special attention to the front teeth and all surfaces of the back teeth.
Brush chewing surfaces vigorously with short back-and-forth strokes.
Brush your tongue from back to front. Some people put some toothpaste or mouthwash on their toothbrush when they do this. Brushing your tongue helps remove plaque, which can cause bad breath and help bacteria grow.