Oral hygiene is one of the most important, and sadly often overlooked, aspects of personal health care. For some strange reasons many of us find finding the time to maintain our oral hygiene difficult. What’s worse is that we live in an age of sugars and fats – which seem to be in every single food out there. With these problems in mind I thought it would be worth looking at some of the most important aspects of oral hygiene.

 

  1. Regular Brushing

We’ll start with the most obvious culprit for poor oral hygiene – brushing. Brushing your teeth twice a day is the bear minimum – once in the morning and once in the evening. Brushing should take at least 5 minutes of your day each time – you need to work systematically around your teeth and try to reach all the harder to reach areas such as behind your wisdom teeth. Make sure to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride as this helps strengthen the enamel on your teeth and makes them more resistant to decay. If you use an electric toothbrush then could always ask your dental professional for advice about what power brush head to use. Here is a useful video about Oral B Dental Toothbrush Heads

  1. Flossing

Flossing is the biggest stumbling block for most of us with oral hygiene – it isn’t fun and it is time consuming. However, tooth brushes still can’t get into the gaps between our teeth – and these gaps tend to get bigger as we age! Flossing after meals is ideal but if you can’t manage this then try to at least once preferably twice a day.

  1. Mouthwash

Mouthwash helps kill bacteria and get to the hardest to reach areas of your mouth. Using it 3 times a day after brushing or meals is the best way to keep your mouth permanently healthy! Again, ensure that you use a mouthwash that contains fluoride as it helps strengthen the enamel on your teeth, and makes them more resistant to decay.

  1. Chewing Gum

Using sugar free chewing gum decreases the build up of plaque on your teeth. It’s a great way to keep your oral health up and a cheap way to! It also helps combat hunger if you are trying to lose weight and provides an oral distraction for anyone trying to give up smoking.

  1. Stop Smoking

Smoking is terrible for your gums and one of the leading causes of gingivitis and other gum diseases. Try to stop or cut down and your oral health will improve dramatically.

  1. No sugary drinks

Many of us are now used to consuming gallons of fizzy drinks every week. These are some of the worst things for our teeth and our overall health. Make the switch back to water. After a few weeks you’ll wonder why you were ever drinking fizzy drinks to start with – water makes you feel better and tastes fantastic once you reacclimatise yourself to it.

  1. Cut back on caffeine

Tea and coffee stain your teeth. If you are worried about keeping your teeth white looking then cut out as much caffeine as possible to ensure that you don’t stain your teeth.

  1. Regularly visit the dentist

Dentists offer check-ups for a reason – as it’s the easiest way to keep track of your oral health. Even if you don’t think you are having any problems you may have early stage symptoms that can be remedied. Regular health checks and treatment plans for any problems that arise are one of the most important ways to keep your mouth healthy.

Writers credits : Alex Mungo is a professional writer with a keen passion for oral health, thanks to years of problems