Oral Hygiene and how to go about taking care of your teeth

dent6Knowing about and practising good oral hygiene is essential for the health of your teeth, gums and mouth. A whole range of dentistry jobs can be avoided just by maintaining a high level of cleanliness in your mouth. The most basic advantages to a good standard of oral hygiene is that your teeth will look clean and you will have fresh breath, but brushing and flossing daily can also help prevent more serious problems.

What Problems can Good Oral Hygiene help Prevent?

Dentistry is notoriously expensive. If you want to avoid high cost treatments, the first place to start is oral hygiene. The main cause of numerous dental problems is plaque. Plaque is the bacteria which builds up on your teeth every time you eat, and it often makes teeth look yellow. Failing to brush plaque away can lead to various problems and diseases such as gingivitis, cavities and gum disease.

Other problems brushing twice daily will help prevent include bleeding gums and tartar. Gums should be hard and pink, and should not hurt to touch. If you do not brush them, however, they can become red and sore, start bleeding and cause foul breath. Tartar is a build up of yellow or brown deposits on you teeth.

dental-How Can I Maintain Good Dental Hygiene?

Any dentist you visit should be able to give you personal advice on your dental health. There is also a range of dental courses that specialise in oral hygiene, and many dental practitioners will have taken these. However, here is some general advice:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day, taking extra care before you go to bed.
  • Use a fluoride based toothpaste to strengthen your teeth (though only very small amounts of this should be given to infants).
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash after brushing/flossing to kill bacteria.
  • Floss regularly (you should expect some bleeding when flossing).
  • Have regular dental check ups and professional cleans.
  • Eat food which is good for your teeth such as fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and cheese, and avoid foods which are bad for your teeth such as sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks.