The most important and often overlooked form of self healthcare is oral hygiene. Many people never really think about the dentist unless they are forced to do so because of a real problem. Regular oral hygiene is important because it is the only way to ensure that one would never have to think of the dentist anyway – rather than wait while a problem develops slowly and quietly and hits with a lot f pain one day. Regular oral care keeps the dentist’s drill away and your teeth shiny white and your gums healthy and clean. Daily cleansing and proper care includes regular actions that should be carried out.
Why Brush twice a day – everyday?
When toothpaste ads asked us to brush twice a day, they weren’t kidding; many of us love to keep munching on small snacks, sweets or healthy food like nuts and fruit – we even unconsciously open the refrigerator door and drink half a pint of juice without even thinking!
Leaving food particles in your mouth for too long is the basis of most cavities and infections which might develop. Brushing twice a day, ideally once before and after each night’s sleep – is absolutely necessary. Brushing cleans particles off your teeth regularly restores and protects the enamel. Finding the right brush – soft medium or hard – which suits your gums and your brushing style is also very important – people who brush vigorously and with a vengeance, for instance, should use soft brushes.
Fresh breath and a clean and healthy mouth – use mouth-wash
Using a mouthwash a few times a day helps with the biggest oral problem everyone faces every day bad breath!… eating food or even leaving your mouth dry and stale for long enough can give you breath that can knock down a horse if you so much as said ‘hello’ When dental plaque forms as a result of leftover food particles, it produces the decay which causes the smell. A mouthwash kills the germs which collect in your mouth and become the cause of bad breath. It also cleans the inner lining and around the gums – leaving you with a clean set of teeth, fewer germs and great smelling breath.
Flossing: the forgotten necessity
Often small particles of food get lodged between your teeth and remain there despite repeated brushing. These particles become the cause of plague and cavities in time if not removed quickly, and flossing is the only way to get these particles out cleanly.