The basic steps of good oral hygiene include daily brushing, flossing and using mouthwash. These steps can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other dental issues.
Maintaining a healthy mouth can improve your quality of life and may even save you in healthcare costs later on. Healthy teeth and gums look great, smell clean and feel smooth and soft.
Flossing removes bacteria from areas that your toothbrush cannot reach, such as under the gum line and between teeth. This is important because bacterial build-up can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Flossing is an easy and low-risk habit that can help prevent these issues.
When it comes to flossing, consistency is key. If you can, try to incorporate it into your daily routine at the same time each day (such as before bed or right after brushing). This will help you stick with the habit.
Start by unwinding about 18 inches of dental floss and wrapping most of it around the middle fingers of both hands. Keep one hand to hold the floss and the other to guide it between your teeth. Once you get the floss between two of your teeth, gently move it back and forth to dislodge food debris. When the floss gets to the gum line, curve it around the tooth and the surrounding gum to remove any plaque that’s stuck. Be sure to use a clean section of floss between each tooth and don’t forget the backs of the last teeth in each corner of your mouth.
It’s important to make flossing a regular part of your daily routine because, like brushing, it will eventually become a natural part of your oral care habits. If you have trouble remembering to floss, try keeping a package of floss in your bathroom or putting it on the counter by your toothbrush and toothpaste so it’s easily visible.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
In addition to your brushing and flossing routines, it is important to visit your dentist regularly for a dental exam and cleaning. This will help keep your oral hygiene in tip-top shape, and allow your dentist to catch any problems early, before they get out of hand.
Regular visits to your dentist will also help you maintain a healthy lifestyle overall. For example, if you are suffering from bad breath or tooth pain, your dentist will be able to determine the cause and recommend treatment, which can help prevent serious dental problems down the line.
Many people think of their dentists as being there only for when they have a problem, but it is actually very important to visit them regularly. It allows them to detect issues such as gum disease, bad breath or tooth decay that might not be apparent to you. These issues, if left untreated, can lead to severe problems and even more costly treatments.
Most dentists suggest visiting your dentist every six months for a routine examination and cleaning. However, depending on your risk factors (such as smoking or diabetes), it may be necessary to visit your dentist more frequently. In addition to visiting your dentist, it is important to perform a self-exam on a daily basis to check for any changes in your mouth and gums.