Oral hygiene is important to keep mouth clean & it prevents dental problems like tooth cavities, gum diseases, pyorrhea and bad breath.
Follow these steps to protect your oral health:
- Regular dental check-ups: Regular dental check-ups & cleanings are necessary to prevent gum diseases and other oral health problems. It is recommended to visit dentist every six months to avoid dental issues such as tooth decay and gum problems.
- Avoid soda or fizzy drinks: Fizzy drinks or soda contains phosphoric acid and citric acid which can eat away the surface of your teeth. Drinking soda occasionally won’t hurt, but a can or more a day makes the tooth enamel softer and more susceptible to cavities.
- Don’t sugarcoat your teeth: Sugar is the major cause of tooth decay. It increases the growth of bacteria & causes acidity in your mouth, leading to formation of plaque which may eat away your enamel & gums. Try to avoid sugar & brush & floss after every meal.
- Quit smoking: The nicotine & tar in the cigarettes not only leads to yellowish discoloration of your teeth but also eat away your gums. Smoking enhances bacterial growth & formation of plaque on your teeth along the gum line. Tobacco intake can also lead to oral cancer.
- Use the correct toothbrush: Always replace your toothbrush when the bristles bends. If right brushing technique is used, the toothbrush lasts for 2-3 months.
- Use the right brushing technique: Gently brush with short back-and-forth motions. Always brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth & your tongue.
- Flossing: Flossing makes your gums & teeth healthier. If correct technique is not followed then it can cause friction and damage the gum line.
- Use mouthwash alongside brushing & flossing: Mouthwash containing Listerine or chlorine dioxide helps to kill bacteria in the mouth & maintains good breath. Mouthwash is like an icing on the cake which will make your dental health great.
Always remember, early detection and treatment of gums & teeth problems will help you in maintaining a good oral hygiene throughout your life.