Do you think taking care of your oral health is just about brushing and flossing? There is a lot more to maintaining oral health and taking care of your mouth, teeth and gums. Maintaining good oral health is vital for your teeth and is closely related to your overall health, as well as the quality of life. Neglecting oral health can cause a spectrum of complications like tooth decay, gum disease, bone loss, bad breath, cardiovascular diseases etc.
HOW TO MAINTAIN ORAL HYGIENE?
Below are some oral hygiene steps to follow for an everlasting, beautiful and healthy smile.
Most of us have grown up to the ‘brush your teeth twice a day’ rule. Brushing your teeth twice a day is an important routine in maintaining oral health. While brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and ensure that the bristles are in contact with both, the gum line and the teeth. Use back-and-forth and up-and-down motions while brushing. Do not brush very hard, soft motions are enough to clean your teeth. Brushing twice a day and rinsing your mouth with water after every meal will help keep your mouth clean.
Flossing, using a thin filament to clean your teeth, can help reach where the toothbrush bristles fail. Flossing helps remove food particles and dental plaque between the teeth. This helps combat tooth decay and gum diseases. Flossing your teeth is recommended at least once a day, or after meals.
- Using a mouthwash
Using a mouthwash, alongside brushing and flossing, can take you a long way. Mouthwashes contain Listerine and chlorine dioxide that fight bacteria, keep your mouth clean and odour-free. Using a mouthwash is an additional measure to maintain oral health, it cannot replace brushing or flossing.
- Using a tongue cleaner
Using the back of your brush or a tongue cleaner removes numerous bacteria from the surface of your tongue and eliminates bad breath and infections.
- Keeping up with your dentist appointments
People often neglect dentist appointments till it becomes essential and/or painful. Regular check-ups with your dentist prevents tooth decay, infections, gum diseases and will help you correct any practices that are negatively affecting your oral health. Oral disorders can develop and progress in no time, hence keeping up with your dentist appointments will be worth all the effort.
- Avoiding coffee and alcohol
Care about your pearly white smile? If so, you should consider limiting the intake of stimulants like coffee, tea, sodas, alcohol, etc. The caffeine laden, sugary, acidic drinks, when in contact with your teeth, damage the enamel and reduce the production of saliva, in turn affecting your dental health.
Following the above routine will help you maintain a good dental routine. Apart from these, here are certain practices that can help you keep a healthy mouth and a healthy life:
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after eating meals.
- Chew sugar-free gum or gum with xylitol to reduce damage.
- Ensure that your diet is rich in calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients to protect and repair tooth enamel.
- Eat fresh vegetables, fruit and high-fiber foods to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
- Drinking sugary-acidic beverages with a straw help reduce direct contact with your teeth. This will minimize enamel damage.