5 Easy And Effective Ways To Achieve Good Oral Hygiene

brushing-2Keeping your pearly whites sparkly clean and healthy is an important step towards overall oral health and hygiene. Maintaining a great smile is more than just going into the dentist for regular cleanings. You need to get into good daily habits at home as well to maintain a healthy mouth. Here are 5 easy and effective ways to achieve good oral hygiene.

  1. First, flossing is essential to remove the pieces of food that may be left behind in between your teeth. Often it is best to floss just before you brush to loosen any plaque. You can use traditional floss that comes on a spool and wraps around your fingers. You can also choose product like “Plaquers” that make it easier to floss because they provide a plastic handle. Either way, flossing can help improve your oral hygiene tremendously preventing cavities and bad breath.
  2. The second and best-known step to maintaining good oral hygiene is to brush your teeth regularly. You should brush at least 2 times each day, once in the morning and once at night before bed, for optimal results. Try to brush when possible right after meals to reduce or prevent build up and plaque from developing. Use a soft brush and a toothpaste brand that is cavity fighting with whitening elements.
  3. brushingWhen brushing, try to brush for the first minute without using any water. Apply your toothpaste to a dry brush and begin to move the brush up and down as well as in circular motions. The mechanical action of the brush is what removes build up from your teeth, not the toothpaste. After one minute, add water to the brush and continue you routine since the water will add some fluoride protection to your teeth.
  4. Use a tongue scraper. Oral hygiene isn’t just about your teeth, but your mouth as a whole. This is great for your health and it can also help you to reduce bad breath. Use the scraper to get rid of any plaque on your tongue to freshen up your breath and fight bacteria while also reducing the amount of plaque that gets transferred onto your teeth. If you don’t have a scraper, you can simply use a toothbrush.
  5. Finally, rinse your mouth after flossing, brushing, and scraping with a fluoride rinse. A mouthwash can help improve your breath and get rid of unwanted plaque and residue that is still left over after you brush. Swish some of the liquid in between teeth for about 30 seconds and then spit it out into the sink.

All of these tips will help to ensure that your teeth and mouth are in great condition between dentist visits to your own family dentist or to Saginaw Family Dental. Getting into the habit of brushing two times each day, flossing daily, scraping your tongue, brushing without water, and using a mouthwash can make a positive, drastic difference in your oral hygiene condition. Once you begin to use these tips each day and form a routine, you will see remarkable results.