What are some of the keys to maintaining a healthy mouth and oral hygiene?
You know, having a healthy mouth is more important than ever. Having a healthy and hygienic mouth can lead to having a healthier body. It’s more important than ever to take good care of your mouth. So what we tell all of our patients is to have three easy steps: a good diet, seeing your dentist twice a year regularly for dental cleanings and checkups and having good oral hygiene.
Focus a little bit on good oral hygiene, brushing, flossing, and mouthwash.
The most important thing is brushing twice a day, flossing twice a day, and rinsing with mouthwash.
We say brushing and flossing, you can pick whichever one you want to do. And then you should end with rinsing with mouthwash because it washes it away and leaves you with fresh minty breath.
Electric Toothbrush or Manual Toothbrush
Some people swear by their electric toothbrush, and they say it does a better job than a manual toothbrush. Is that true?
The answer is: whatever works for you.
We say to the patient, whatever works for you, you can use, manual or electric. The beauty of the electric toothbrush is it does some of the work for you. There’s a timer. It makes sure you brush each quadrant. There are four quadrants for 30 seconds each. So it times you, and in two minutes, it beeps, so it knows you’ve done a thorough job.
The manual toothbrush you have to use manually with no timer. It requires a little more effort, but if you feel comfortable with it, that’s great.
But the most important thing, no matter if it’s manual, electric, or battery-powered, is the bristles.
It has to have soft bristles. They are soft, medium, and hard. So when you’re shopping, you should look for it with soft bristles. It’s imperative.
What are Tooth-brushing Products and Toothpaste?
There are so many out there. Does it matter which one we choose? The most important ingredient in toothpaste is fluoride. Fluoride will helps remineralize the enamel, so it makes the teeth healthier. So the most important ingredient in toothpaste is fluoride. Most toothpaste has fluoride, but make sure it has it. There are a lot of other ingredients that some toothpaste have, and you have to pick and choose what works best for you.
Some are minty fresh. People with bad breath get more of a minty taste.
Some have anti-sensitivity. For people with sensitive teeth or gums that have receded, they want a toothpaste that helps decrease the sensitivity.
There is also whitening toothpaste, which helps remove surface stains a little better than the other toothpaste.
So you have to see what works best for you. So shop around a little bit. Try them out. See what works best for you, what tastes best, what you like to use, and go with that toothpaste.
Why Do Mouthwashes Burn?
Sometimes, mouthwashes burns. Why do they burn, and do they need to burn? Does that mean they’re doing a good job?
No, the burning does not mean it’s doing a good job. The burning is the alcohol in the mouthwash. It’s not an active ingredient. All it does is a binding agent for the mouthwash.
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Benefits of Flossing on your oral Hygiene
Flossing, is one of those key things. And it goes way beyond just removing those food particles from between the teeth.
Flossing is imperative. The teeth have a lot of surface area, a lot of hard-to-get places, and food gets trapped all over. And you have to get all the food out because the food accumulates bacteria, and the bacteria causes bad breath and decay. Flossing gets in between the teeth and gets the food particles out, and it also gets underneath the gums.
There are different types of floss, and you can use what’s best for you.
There’s a waxed floss. People with very tight contacts, so in the back of your mouth, the posterior, some of those molars are tight together, and it’s hard to get regular floss in there. So that person should use waxed false because the wax gets in there easier. It slips in there, and it’s easier to get through.
You should try different types of floss and see what works best for you.
You must floss twice a day.
Most important parts of your oral hygiene
Brushing twice a day( minimum), flossing twice a day, and rinsing with a mouth rinse twice a day as well.
How Often Should We Come to See a Dentist?
Twice a year. If you have the best oral hygiene in the world, you still have to come to see a dentist. It’s important to have a professional cleaning and to get examined by a dentist. There are a lot of infections and diseases that show signs in the oral cavity before they spread elsewhere, including oral cancer, leukemia, and HIV. These all show signs and symptoms in the mouth.
So the dentist is almost like a detective and can detect some of these symptoms before it becomes a problem.
We need to get a good toothbrush, an electric one, or there are lower-cost options, like a battery-powered or a manual one, and change them out every three months.
Toothpaste. The must-haves are cavity-fighting with fluoride. You can also get toothpaste to whiten, fight gingivitis, or for sensitive teeth. Talk to your dentist about your needs and spend a little time in the store or online. Try a few out and see what works best for you.
The floss. Remember to floss below the gum line where the bacteria live.
Mouthwash. It can do more than just freshen your breath. It can help kill germs that cause plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath. Use it twice a day, morning and night.
Oral Hygiene Awareness
Do you have a healthy smile? Millions of us are risking the health of our teeth by failing to give them the care and attention they deserve. Problems with your teeth can affect you at any age. Babies should be taken to the dentist before their first birthday to make sure that any potential problems are spotted early and prevented. A baby can’t brush her teeth, so her parents must help her out until she’s about 7 years old. Remember to spit out the toothpaste, but don’t rinse afterwards. Rinsing gets rid of all that good fluoride which helps protect tooth enamel.
If your child has black spots on her teeth. At school, this is affecting her confidence, but this doesn’t have to be the case. A dentist can identify tooth decay and other problems with the development of teeth, as well as provide solutions to fix them.
Maybe a child’s teeth are not as good as they could be. His gums bleed when he brushes, and some of his teeth are starting to feel loose. This affects how he eats his food. He/she goes to see his dentist who shows him how to brush and floss effectively to help prevent plaque and keep his gums healthy. Now he/she is free to enjoy food without worrying.
Maybe the child is missing some teeth, and this is causing problems with both her speech and her ability to eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet.
The dentist can make her a set of dentures to replace the teeth she’s lost.
Nearly 1 in 5 adults require the use of dentures as they reach old age.
When a dentist looks inside your mouth, they are not only checking your teeth. They are also looking for warning signs of problems such as gum disease and mouth cancer and other medical problems such as diabetes.
Eating excessive amounts of sugar not only damages your teeth but can also be responsible for type 2 diabetes and is the leading cause of obesity. Eating sugar should be limited to mealtimes only.
Smokers and those that drink excessive amounts of alcohol are up to 30 times more likely to get mouth cancer than those that don’t. Mouth cancer cases have increased steadily over the last decade. Early detection for mouth cancer results in a survival rate of 90%. However, the delayed diagnosis means survival rates plummet to as little as 50% – so seeing a dentist regularly is more important than you might think.
A healthy smile means a healthy life.