Maintaining Oral hygiene at home is very crucial especially during these times when you can’t have regular dental visits. Dental and Oral health is an essential part of your overall health and well-being. Practicing good dental care and maintaining oral hygiene results in a healthy smile forever. In fact, not only for a good smile but healthy oral hygiene also signifies an overall healthy body.
A good Oral hygiene routine is a must to have in order to keep your teeth clean and to have a fresh breath. Brushing your teeth is just one part of maintaining oral hygiene and not the only way. But don’t worry we have all the tips you need for a fresh breath.
1. Brush Twice a Day
It’s not a secret and is a widely available advice and we still don’t take this simple habit seriously. Brushing your teeth twice a day can be so effective for your Oral and Dental health. Brushing your teeth before bed is as important as brushing in the morning. It helps us to get rid of all germs and plaque that accumulates throughout the day. You don’t want the microbes having a party at night in your mouth and waking up to bad breath in the morning!
2. Brush Properly
Brushing in a rush and superficially without any technique is as bad as not brushing your teeth at all. Use proper brushing technique as mentioned below to clean your teeth both on the inside and outside. Also, Brush for at least 2 minutes, you can have your favourite soundtrack in the background to make it more fun activity.
Refer here for proper brushing technique: https://www.ada.org/sitecore/content/home-mouthhealthy/az-topics/b/brushing-your-teeth#:~:text=The%20proper%20brushing%20technique%20is,chewing%20surfaces%20of%20the%20teeth.
3. Choose the right Brush
What type of toothbrush you are using and for how long matters a lot when it comes to dental hygiene. The kind of toothbrush range from manual to electric and even within them there are varieties of brushes in the market. However, do we know how to choose an ideal brush? Select a Brush with soft to medium bristles and with a small to medium size head. An Eco- friendly Brush is recommended. Also, it is recommended that you change your toothbrush every quarter as it becomes less effective when bristles start to lose their shape.
4. Don’t neglect your tongue
Often we only clean our teeth and gums while brushing and ignore cleaning our tongue. Plaque can build up on your tongue which can lead to foul odour as well as other health problems. So, while brushing don’t forget to clean tongue. You can either use a tongue scrapper or gently brush your tongue to rinse away the bacteria and freshen up your breath.
5. Flossing is crucial
While many of us make an effort to brush out teeth twice a day, we often neglect flossing. Flossing in addition to dislodging food particles, is a great way to reduce plaque and stimulate your gums area.
6. Choose a good toothpaste
Ensure that your toothpaste is safe and effective. Choose a good one which can fight plaque and prevents tooth decay. There are many options available these days including charcoal and mint based.
7. Drink more water
Water has several benefits and is magical for your body. It helps in maintaining a healthy oral hygiene and that is why it is suggested to consume adequate amount of water daily
8. Be mindful of what you eat
Your mouth is just like a window for your body. Anything you consume first enters through your mouth. Eat healthy and avoid sugary and acidic foods. Sugar converts to acid in your mouth which can then erode Enamel and lead to cavities. You don’t need to completely avoid these food items but consume in moderations and rinse your mouth.
Smoking and consumption of tobacco affects your health in many ways and can lead to staining of teeth, foul smell, cavities and can cause oral cancer. Avoid them at all costs.
9. Keep your Oral equipment clean
What’s going inside your mouth should also be cleaned. Your oral equipment should be cleaned after and before they are used as this may lead to bacteria build up. Keep your toothbrush, clean by simply rinsing it off with water and letting it dry. Do not cover or share your tooth brush, tongue cleaners and other oral equipment with others.
10. Consider using a mouthwash
Mouthwash can help freshen your breath, soothes dry mouth and reduce plaque. Consider a good mouthwash which does not contain toxic ingredients and is safe to use. Even using simple ingredients from your kitchen like cardamom and clove can freshen your breath.
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