THE BASICS OF GOOD DENTAL HYGIENE For the healthy being of our teeth and gums, routine tooth-brushing and periodic tooth flossing is not adequate. Proper dental hygiene is also essential to keep our teeth healthy and bacteria-free. The fact of being prone to dental diseases inherently cannot be denied, but it is also true that if proper care is taken of teeth ever since they first appear in your mouth, it is not difficult to fight the genetically inherent tooth diseases, provided that following measures must have been taken.
- Brushing. Brush your teeth properly after every meal, or at least twice daily. If you don’t get the chance to brush your teeth after every meal, wash your mouth thoroughly to remove the food particles that stay over the teeth after eating. Prefer using fluoride toothpaste over any other toothpaste as fluoride helps in protecting the teeth from decay. Periodic replacement of toothbrushes will also be better as some of the bacteria stay inside the bristle of brush and consequently get in contact with the teeth and gums, and the bristles can transfer those particles into them. Brush your teeth softly and properly reaching the adjacent area of the gums. Avoid hostile and vigorous brushing that can cause the gums to bleed as well as the tooth enamel may get worn out.
- Flossing. In order to maintain good dental health, dental flossing should not be avoided as it is the most integral part of tooth care. The brush can only reach the surface of the teeth or the areas adjacent to the gums, while flossing ensures that the area between the teeth is also clean and particle-free. At a minimum, once a day flossing is normally recommended by professional dentists. Flossing is not necessary for young children as brushing is enough for keeping their teeth clean. But if a child’s teeth are being flossed daily, it will ensure long-term strength and good health of their teeth.
- Diet. Professional dentists strictly prohibit the use of acidic products like tobacco, alcohol etc. as these items leave adverse effects on dental health. Food items that contain large amount of sugar or starch become the sole cause of plaque (a colorless acid that accumulates the leftover food particles and bacteria and let them grow over time resulting in dental cavities (caries), gingivitis, or other periodontal problems).